The Vampires of Eastern Europe

The mythology of the vampire dates back millenia. As early as 4,000 BC, the Sumerians and Babylonians had stories about those who’d not been buried properly returning to suck life out of the living. Ancient Mesopotamians had stories of the Lamastu, a female demon who appeared at night to steal or kill babies, an sucked […]

Resurrection Mary, Part 4: Mary Kovac

Resurrection Mary is one of Chicago’s most famous ghosts.

For decades, people fascinated with the story have been trying to answer the question: Who was she?

Over the years, a number of “candidates” have been put forth. And, in researching this episode, we found one of our own.

On this episode, we present the story of Mary Kovac who, we believe, may have been the young woman whose ghost Jerry Palus met at the Liberty Grove and Hall in 1939: The original Resurrection Mary.

Resurrection Mary, Part 2: Mary Bregovy

Resurrection Mary is one of Chicago’s most famous ghosts and, over the years, a number of “candidates” have been put to answer the question: Who was she?

Mary Bregovy, like the girl in the Resurrection Mary legend, had lived on Damen Avenue and had died in an automobile accident in the 1930s. But, despite people who knew her while she was alive having reported seeing her on Archer Avenue after her death, Mary Bregovy didn’t look like the girl who is normally described in Resurrection Mary sightings.

On this episode, we discuss how she fits into the Resurrection Mary legend.

The Waldheim Flapper

Chicago’s most famous Vanishing Hitchhiker is, without a doubt, the ghost of the young woman (or women) who has come to be called Resurrection Mary. But, we’ll come back to that.

On this episode, we explore the story of one of Chicago’s other vanishing hitchhikers: The Waldheim Flapper.

Bonus: The Many Ghosts of Blue Bell Hill

A girl walking quietly beside the road before disappearing. An old woman in a black tartan shawl carrying a bundle of sticks or heather, A girl who steps into traffic, disappearing after being struck. And a pair of Vanishing Hitchhikers.

Join us on this episode as we discuss the Many Ghosts of Blue Bell Hill.

The Ghost of 22 Mountain

Clarence Stephenson wrestled to corpse to the side of the road and, then, panted and grunted as he pushed the body of a woman he’d once considered a friend into a gully and watched it disappear into a bramble of blackberry thorns.

He thought she’d never be seen again.

He was wrong.