I need to make one thing insanely clear before you click ‘play’ on this video: I did not create it. I’m making this so very clear for one reason: to give credit where it’s due (something I ALWAYS strive to do, no matter how big or small). The creator of this video is Serge of Cold Crash Pictures, a former film student who lives in Chicago and makes videos about film appreciation. Through my work with the International Screenwriters’ Association, I end up watching a lot of film analysis videos, several of which may also fit on this site. However, this one really digs into the history of Chicago and the Cabrini Green projects as well as, as is the subject of the film, how urban legends take hold.
And if you’re in the mood for more discussion of “movies shot in Chicago,” this is a must-watch:
Among the haunted cemeteries I cover in this live stream are…
Mountain View Mausoleum, Altedena, CA
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, CA
Archer Woods Cemetery, Summit, IL
Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, IL
Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL
We cover some of the MANY paranormal tales associated with Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery.
…but the YouTube Gods were not on our side, so we pick it up after getting cut off here.
I decided to take part in the A – Z Blog Challenge, where I will tackle a new topic everyday, going from A to Z in the subject.
In this first video, I talk about the many haunted sites around Archer Avenue, including telling the story of Resurrection Mary, the Willowbrook Ballroom, Chet’s Melody Lounge, St. James Cemetery & the mafia history of the Irish Legend Pub.
I have long wanted to see the “Old Slave House” for myself since first reading about it in Michael Kleen’s book “Haunting Illinois.” I knew even when that book came out in 2011 that the site was strictly off limits, currently owned by the state of Illinois. Attempting to do things ‘by the book’ I contacted the state. Saying that since it’s such a new addition to the DNR, I should contact the site directly, I was given a phone number that did not connect to anything.
Do I think I was being thrown off my goal intentionally? No. Unfortunately, I think I got a feel for how much of a priority this location is to the state, which is to say, not much of one. Despite being on the National Registry of Historic Places, this is likely an endangered location with little chance of the house ever being re-opened to the public. Part of this is due to its seclusion. Seen in this map, the nearest ‘large’ town is Harrisburg, which only boasts a population of 8,800 (Eldorado is around 4,000), so the likelihood of the location generating revenue as a museum is unlikely. However, with the location infamous for its dark history (being associated with slavery and the horrendous “reverse underground railroad”) and with paranormal activity reported here for over 160 years, there is another option. I think the building would have paranormal shows and ghost hunting teams lining up to rent the location nightly.
To hear more about the history and hauntings at Crenshaw House, watch the video above.
Coming to you from Culver City, overlooking Culver Studios and the Culver Hotel, I take some time to analyze some possibly paranormal photos! If you have some of your own to share, please send them over to me!