Is The McPike Mansion Haunted?

Is The McPike Mansion Haunted?

In this article we will be covering the paranormal reports that have come in from the southwest corner of Illinois…the McPike Mansion.

Situated in Alton, a town now referred to as ‘The Most Haunted Town In Amercia’ – is the McPike Mansion haunted?

Let’s take a closer look…

The McPike Mansion

Henry McPike and his family had the three-story red brick mansion built back in 1869. McPike was a very successful local businessman who had also served as mayor of Alton for three years.

When McPike moved on, the house was purchased by a man named Paul Laichinger, who turned the property into a kind of boarding home. He rented numerous rooms out to tenants looking for somewhere to live.

This is when the first instances of paranormal activity began to seep out of the building.

Many of these boarders or residents, reported strange events that could not be explained. In some cases these events included the sounds of children playing and laughing when there were no children in the area.

Laichinger died in 1945 and the premises sat vacant…before long it became a little on the derelict side.

Passers by began to reports seeing strange white faces in the windows of the once grand property.

red brick mansion


In 1994 the building was finally bought up by Sharyn and George Luedke. They purchased the location in the hope that they could turn it into a famous bed and breakfast spot for the area.

After six weeks of working on the mansion, Sharyn had her first paranormal experience when she was rooting through the main garden…

As she worked she looked up to see a strange man staring down at her from one of the windows. He near enough instantly vanished, but not before Sharyn could take note of his strange attire.

Later, while researching the history of the mansion, Mrs. Luedke was startled as she came across a photo of previous owner Paul Laichinger…who was wearing the exact same clothes as the vanishing man in the window!

Mrs. Luedke


After this incident, Sharyn Luedke and her husband decided to let in various mediums and psychics to investigate the property properly. A lot of these studies led to the paranormal experts admitting that they could feel the McPike family and other residents of the estate.

Sharyn now believes that the McPike family and one of their servant girls, named Sarah Wells, haunt the old building.

Numerous other paranormal experts have reported the feeling of being touched in the dark, and a few have even caught a few orbs in photos taken inside the property.

The building’s wine cellar seems to be the hub of the paranormal activity, with numerous reports of a strange mist that seems to follow anyone that is down there.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

10 thoughts on “Is The McPike Mansion Haunted?

  1. I must say that this story is very interesting and scary. Honestly, I do not believe in such things like ghosts but if something like this would happen to me I would die immediately. I would like to visit this house, is it allowed for tourists? Is it possible to enter the house and take a look?

    1. Hi Daniel, 

      Not sure about tourists etc but I do know that a few ghost hunting groups have got in there in the past. 

  2. I find places like this fascinating and it would be cool to check it out.  Is it now open to the public, or did it really turn into a bed & breakfast?  I would think that it might be hard to find guests who want to stay because of the paranormal activity that takes place.  But I do know that we stayed at a hotel in Colorado that was supposed to be haunted.  My son specifically wanted to stay there and experience it.  This was the hotel where the Shining was filmed. 

    1. Ah that sounds like the Stanley Hotel Matt’s Mom? (but was the Shining filmed there?).

      Anyway, not sure about what the McPike is being used for at the moment, as you say, last I heard it was a B & B. 

  3. Most don’t like to believe that it’s possible for a house to be haunted or for any form of paranormal event to be real. But I believe it’s real, although I have not experienced any myself, but I just know that spirits exist. 

    The McPike Mansion story of being haunted sounds believable. From passers byes to two different owners reporting paranormal activities, I believe the mansion is really haunted. 

  4. Hi there,

    Wow, what a strange story:) I don’t believe in ghosts, but we never know:)

    Anyway, I wouldn’t want to rent a house like this for anything in life. It looks so scary!

    There is something I don’t really understand. What happened to MC Pike and his family? Did they die in this house? 

    How come people could hear children’s voices? 

    Did the medium found something? 

    Sorry for all these questions, it’s really intriguing:)

    I think I saw a movie that sounds similar to this story. 

    Thank you for this great post!

    1. No the McPike’s actually ‘moved on’ (from what our research can gather!). As for the children’s voices – you’ll have to make your own mind up on that one, maybe a youngster or two died there in the past?

  5. Very interesting story. Does the activity seem to occur more frequently, if the dwelling has been “abandoned” for a long period. Always seems that old homes and prisons and asylums are hotbeds for paranormal activity.

    I believe there are people on the other side, probably calling us paranormal ! There has to something to all this, I suppose someday we will have an answer.

    I shared this story on my Facebook, some of my friend may be over to see you. 

    1. That’s a really good point James – I think there could be something to that! 

      You are right, abandoned places do seem to get more paranormal incidents than occupied. It’s an angle I never really took much notice of before! 

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