Check out the Mysterious Chicago podcast!  Subscribe on iTunes or our very own Youtube Channel. Great stories from Chicago history you won’t hear anywhere else! Also check out Adam’s other pocast, Cemetery Mixtape, featuring stories from cemeteries all over, with custom songs by special guests!



“Make No Little Plans”

No, YOU’RE apocryphal! Finding confirmation that Daniel Burnham’s most famous quote is the real deal.

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archive.org  or iTunes.

“The Devil and Daniel Elston”

Was the 1853 death of Knud Iverson a martyrdom or an accident?

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archive.org or iTunes.


“The Cop Who Cried Wolf”

A Capone-era cop who invented stories of being shot at – repeatedly.

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archive.org   or iTunes.

 A Suicide Bridge Ghost Story

From Adam’s Lincoln Park Zoo “Haunted History” tours.

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archive.org or iTunes.

“The Black Hole” in the South Loop

Newspaper tales of an “immoral” neighborhood.

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archive.org or iTunes.

 Irving W. Carson, The First Journalist Killed in The Civil War

Including a reading of one of his dispatches.

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The Hanging and Burial of HH Holmes
Full details from 9 eyewitness accounts, with notes on discrepancies.

Listen above, or download on archive.org or on iTunes.
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HH Holmes and Jack the Ripper – Chicago Evidence
Examining evidence placing Holmes in Chicago, not London, in the Autumn of 1888

Listen above, or download on archive.org or on iTunes.
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She Dreamed of a Skeleton
Examining a Victorian legend from Sheridan Road

Listen in above or on iTunes, or archive.org
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Searching for a Pirate’s Grave
Finding the grave of “Cap” Streeter at Graceland Cemetery. A rare field recording!

Listen in above or on iTunes or archive.org!
Story and Pics

Dr. Thomas Neill Cream: Antique Serial Killer
Speaking with author A.J. Griffiths-Jones about Dr. Cream, who may be Chicago’s first serial killer.

Listen in above or on iTunes or archive.org!
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The Bloody Handprint of West Randolph Street
Digging deep into a ghost story from 1866 and how it had evolved by the last time it was retold (in 1888). Bloody handprints, flying chunks of stale codfish, and lingering mysteries!

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Excavating the H.H. Holmes “Body Dump”
Once a great tour stop, it’s about to be condos. But we got to dig through the rubble! Available both as an audio file and video edition.
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April 20, 2016: Charles Volney Dyer, Badass
Underground Railroad Conductor, Fighter, Doctor, Judge, and Comic who deserved to be better known.
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April 8, 2016: The Lonesome Death of Barton Edsall
A mysterious death that was soon swept from the news…but only got stranger.
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Jan, 2016: The Fool Killer Submarine
100 Years ago, a submarine wreck was found in the river…
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Dec 07, 2015: Did H.H. Holmes Fake his Death?
Examining claims made by Holmes’ former janitor in 1898…
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Dec 03, 2015: The Lost Aeronaut
What happened to balloonist W.H. Donaldson, who made his last flight in Chicago, 1875?

Download: iTunes
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Nov 30, 2015: Police Controversies of Old
Would you have voted to convict Officer Cronan after he shot two men in 1872?? No one in the mob who witnessed the affair would have.

Download: archive.org

Nov 23, 2015: Did H.H. Holmes Kill Dr. Holton?
H.H. Holmes, the killer from Devil in the White City, is often said to have killed Dr. Holton and his wife to get control of their pharmacy. We uncover the real story. Check out our upcoming public Holmes tour!


Download: iTunes archive.org Stream: youtube (with slideshow)
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Our Holmes Tour (w video trailer)

Nov 20, 2015: The Man Who Stole the Gallows
George W. Green allegedly stole the city’s first gallows – then was sentenced to hang himself 15 years later. Does a photo of his corpse still survive?


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Nov 16, 2015: Zanzic, Charlatan Supreme!
Did a fake medium arrange for a man to have a conjugal visit with a “ghost” during the World’s Fair – with deadly results? Music by Stiffs Inc.


Download: archive.org iTunes Stream: Youtube (with slideshow)

From the Vault…

Adam previously hosted the Chicago Unbelievable and Weird Chicago podcasts. Some vintage episodes are still available right here!


November 19: A Revolutionary War Grave?
Just a quick one (15 minutes) to tide you over until we get to the next big one…
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Listen via archive.org, iTunes, or on feedburner (scroll to the bottom).

July 10th: The House at Death Corner
They’re tearing up part of the intersection once known as Death Corner in the neighborhood they called Little Hell in the 1880s-1920s. We went to check it out – and discovered the school on the site suffered a “gumacco” craze in 1901.
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Listen via iTunes, on archive.org, or on feedburner (scroll to the bottom).

June 11th: Geeking Out Over Mr. Couch
Adam, Hector and Erin meet with Rachel Williams, a great-great-great granddaughter of Ira Couch, whose mysterious family tomb still stands in Lincoln Park, the old City Cemtery, and geek out over old family papers and scrapbooks.
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Listen via archive.org, or on feedburner (scroll to the bottom), or iTunes.
More on City Cemetery: Hidden Truths

June 5th: Goofin’ in the Graveyard
Adam and Hector are joined by Susan Sherman as they ramble through Rosehill Cemetery, talking about history, ghosts, and amusing last names. Mature? You bet we are.
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Listen via: archive.org feedburner, or iTunes


December 16: The Detective’s Grave
Adam and Ray Johnson seek out the grave of a private detective who worked on the HH Holmes case.
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Listen via: feedburner, archive.org, or iTunes.

September 7: Graceland Cemetery Safari
Hector returns the lump of coal he took from Bachelor’s Grove cemetery in 2010, and we discuss some new information and stories.
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Download via archive.org

August 25: Hector and the Lump of Coal
Hector returns the lump of coal he took from Bachelor’s Grove cemetery in 2010, and we discuss some new information and stories.
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Download via archive.org
We discuss new findings about a famous piece of Chicago Folklore: Julia Buccola-Petta, the Italian Bride!
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Download via archive.org
Chicago Unbelievable: The Podcast 2.0
Pictures, Buccola Family timeline, and more
Order of the Good Death Article


A trip to the post office on the site of the H.H. Holmes murder castle, including a trip to the basement, which we got to explore during a TV show shoot. Includes on heck of a spooky audio file!
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Chicago Unbelievable: The Podcast 2.0
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Our “Murder Castle Location” post

An initial visit to the Dunning Memorial Park, a memorial to the 38k (or so) unmarked graves of fire victims, asylum inmates, and unclaimed bodies (including at least two killers).
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Additional twenty minutes!
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Chicago Unbelievable: The Podcast 2.0

SEASON TWO (Fall 2011)

EPISODE 4: Resurrection Mary Roundtable
Dec 19, 2011: A roundtable discussion with Ray Johnson, “The Haunt Detective,” and Dale Kaczmarek of the Ghost Research Society about Resurrection Mary, Chicago’s most famous ghost! Is she real? Who is she the ghost of? We cover it all in our hour-long chat, including never-before-told information!

Download from archive.org
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Chicago Unbelievable: The Podcast 2.0

EPISODES 2 and 3: H.H. Holmes and the Great Glass Bending Factory
Oct 9, 2011: A trip to the dead end street where the murderous H.H. Holmes once operated what he said was a glass bending factory (but was probably not used to bend glass – it was more likely a crematory) ten miles north of his famous “Murder Castle.” While we’re there, we chat via Skype with Jeff Mudgett, Holmes’ great great grandson, who talks about his new novel, Bloodstains, and his theories that Holmes was Jack the Ripper – and that he didn’t really die in 1896 at all…43 minutes.

Download mp3 of part 1 from archive.org
Download mp3 of Part 2 from archive.org
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Chicago Unbelievable: The Podcast 2.0

EPISODE 1: Ghosts in Lincoln Park?
Oct 3, 2011: With “Suicide Bridge” claiming dozens of victims, a slew of murders, and a history as the former City Cemetery (with one vault and many bodies remaining), Lincoln Park sure OUGHT to be haunted – and guards a century ago were certain that it was. We didn’t find any ghosts e, but we had a few laughs and pranks along the way!
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Chicago Unbelievable: The Podcast 2.0

SEASON ONE: (Spring 2011)

EPISODE FIVE: Col. Selig’s Moving Picture Plant
April 15, 2011: The entire Southeast block at Irving Park and Western was once a massive silent film studio. Today, one building survives. And we explore it!
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Chicago Unbelievable: The Podcast 2.0

EPISODE FOUR: Grave Robbing in Lincoln Park
March 31, 2011: At one time, Lincoln Park was the city’s main cemetery – and grave robbing was a common problem! We sit down with Daniel Kraus, author of ROTTERS, to discuss grave robbing – and whether the one remaining crypt in Lincoln Park would be an easy score!
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Chicago Unbelievable: The Podcast 2.0

EPISODE THREE: Inside Charlie Chaplin’s Vault
March 17, 2011: Did you know Chicago was once the film capital of the world? Few do, and even fewer know how much remains of Essanay Studios, the iconic Chicago studio where Charlie Chaplin himself briefly worked. The studio space and vaults are still around. Come explore with us!
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Chicago Unbelievable: The Podcast 2.0

EPISODE TWO: Mysteries of Hull House
March 9, 2011: A trip to Hull House house to discuss the haunted room, the “devil baby,” and other strange mysteries and myths.
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Hull House “Ghost Pics”
Chicago Unbelievable: The Podcast 2.0

EPISODE ONE: Bachelor’s Grove
Sept 2010: Adam and Hector check out Bachelor’s Grove, the supposedly-haunted cemetery on the outskirts of Chicago.
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Chicago Unbelievable: The Podcast 2.0

Some Old “Weird Chicago” Classics, 2006-8
The House of Crosses
Odin Tatu
HH Holmes Glass Factory (Adam and Ken’s first trip, with Ken’s hilariously bad Holmes info!)
An interview with “Hot Dog”
Bughouse Square