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.
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!
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.
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