In this article we will be taking a look at the Hull House devil baby story from 1913, when a Chicago address was swamped with locals demanding to catch a glimpse of a satanic child…
Where Was Hull House?
Hull House was built at 800 South Halstead Street, Chicago, in 1856 by Charles J. Hull (that’s where it get’s it’s name!). For a long time now it has been considered to be one of the most haunted properties in the Windy City.
Hull picked this particular neighborhood because it was fashionable for ‘well off’ Chicago families at the time, so it was perfect for his wife and children.
Unfortunately tragedy struck, and Hull’s wife died suddenly…and his children followed her shortly afterwards.
With his beloved family now gone, a broken Hull decided to leave the property and move to another part of Chicago.
Many locals believe that his wife’s spirit stayed behind to haunt her room at the address.
The Chicago Fire of 1871 ruined the neighborhood, but Hull House managed to survive the flames. It then became a run-of-the-mill home for the elderly, until 1889…
The Devil Baby of Hull House
In 1889, Jane Addams and Ellen Starr co-founded Hull House, a ‘settlement house’ that aimed to help immigrants become more socially acceptable.
The program at Hull House became a complete success, and Addams and Starr went on to open other properties in the city with the same immigrant aid setup.
In 1913, three Italian women burst through the doors of Hull House and demanded to be introduced to something called the ‘Devil Baby’.
The workers on duty, and the people staying there, had no idea what they were talking about…
But they would not leave – they wanted to see this devil child!
They managed to get the three ladies to leave…but the neighborhood had caught on to the incident, and hundreds of people began turning up to see this so-called devil baby.
Things got out of hand pretty quickly, and before long people from outside of the Near West Chicago area were calling by, people from all over the country wanted to see this satanic child.
This whole, pretty mad episode, lasted for a total of six weeks.
The Devil Baby of Chicago
So who was the Devil Baby of Chicago?
Well, there are two main urban legends that link to this story…
The first involves a devoutly Catholic woman who hung a religious picture on one of the walls in her home. Her husband was apparently atheist, so he tore it down.
In a rage he stated that he would rather have the devil himself in residence rather than the picture on the wall.
About a year later, the woman gave birth to a devil child, and died with shock. The atheist husband then panicked, and left the child on the doorstep of Hull House.
The second urban legend centers around a man who’s wife gave him six daughters – but he obviously wanted a son!
In a heated argument one night, he told his wife that he would rather raise the devil himself than have another female child.
Guess what happened when his wife fell pregnant about a week later…
Both these ‘myths’ are believed to have some sort of element of truth about them – apparently a strange child was raised inside Hull House at one point in time.
It was a peculiar looking child that was capable of the greatest of blasphemies – resulting in the main owners of the house getting it baptized…or exorcised.
Another myth points to this exorcism not going to plan, and the child spending the remainder of it’s life locked in the attic.
The Hull House Devil Baby Story
In modern times, numerous workers and renovators have reported hearing the ghostly cries of a child, coming from the attic area of the house.
What are your thoughts on the subject – do you believe there is some weight behind the Devil Baby story?
Over the last few weeks I have been gathering updated information on the ‘Mothman’ Indrid Cold. During this process I stumbled across numerous (relatively recent) reports on the Chicago Mothman…
Another article was born…
In August of 2011 a couple returned to Chicago, the city where they once lived, to complete some business. After their work was done, they decided to reminisce and visit their old neighborhood.
When they were driving past their old ‘hunting grounds’ the wife suddenly remembered about a giant statue of a native American nearby. She convinced her husband to take a short drive to see if the statue still stood – she wanted to take a quick photo of it to show their friends back home.
They eventually located the impressive statue and managed to take a few angled snaps of it.
When they returned home to sharpen up the pictures they were surprised to see a strange bat-like object flying above the statue – they did not notice it when they were taking the photographs.
At first they thought it was some species of a bird but they quickly realized that it was way too big – what was it?
Two Red Eyes
A couple of days after the couple’s photo was taken, two female students in the Miller Park area were getting ready to go out for the evening when they saw a pair of red eyes glaring at them through the window.
The girl’s apartment was actually on the third floor so they had no idea how the creature behind these eyes was suspending itself – they left the apartment screaming in fear and eventually a gathering of concerned residents grouped around them downstairs.
Once they had managed to calm the girls down they were able to listen to their story involving the red eyes outside their window.
The residents searched the outside of the building but there was no sign of this red-eyed intruder.
Several hours after this incident, another group of students in the area came face to face with a seven foot tall ‘creature’ – believed to be the same creature that was perched outside the girl’s window.
They later described it to be dark gray, or black with deep red eyes – it stood there staring at them for a matter of seconds before flying off into the night sky.
The Humanoid Bat-Like Creature
In September of the same year (2011), a mass sighting was reported when a humanoid bat-like creature was spotted in Chicago flying about 12 feet above the ground.
This sighting seemed to spark a tidal wave of similar sightings throughout the city leading up to the winter months.
If you have stumbled across any additional reports on the Chicago Mothman we would love to hear from you. Please consider using the Contact Page to get in touch with us directly or the comment section below.
Few graveyards in America can fill the visitor with the same sense of foreboding and expectation as the Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery near Chicago.
Abandoned and left to decay in the latter half of the twentieth century, this once beautiful parkland now lays claim to being one of the most haunted spots in America.
A bold claim you may think and you would probably be right if it wasn’t for the plethora of evidence to back it up.
In the past fifty years over 100 paranormal events have been witnessed and recorded in this bone-chilling spot.
Included in this evidence is one, now very famous, photograph. Recorded on an infra- red camera by a group of paranormal investigators it is one of the clearest images of an apparition ever captured.
If it is to be believed then it is truly amazing.
Sitting forlornly on a small square gravestone the Bachelor Grove Cemetery ghost stares into the distance completely unaware that her image will spark the attention of the world and reserve her a very special place in the history of paranormal investigation.
A Brief History of Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery
Situated near the township of Bremen near Chicago, a cemetery has been recorded on the spot of Bachelor’s Grove since 1840.
Named after the small settlement nearby, it is unclear whether its title was intended to honor the 4 unmarried men responsible for founding the town or the Batchelder family who once owned much of the land in the area.
What is certain is that a family called Everden began to bury their dead on this spot in the 1840’s and when they sold much of their land in 1864 they retained ownership of 1 acre to be used as a cemetery.
Over the next century almost up to eighty people were buried in the graveyard, the last official burial taking place in 1965.
Built on a beautiful spot surrounded by forest, local people can recall when a visit to the cemetery was treated as a day out by families who took picnics and swam in the large pond on the site.
The cemetery itself was reached by a track road which also led to the township nearby. When a new road was built bypassing the cemetery, visitors dropped off and the cemetery fell into disrepair.
With the cemetery literally off the beaten track, it began to attract vandals and those who wished to indulge in occult practices without interruption.
The graveyard was soon vandalized and desecrated, bodies were dug up and tombstones smashed. Those who could, re-interred their relatives elsewhere.
Before long rumors of ghostly happenings began to circulate among the local people.
Today the graveyard at Bachelor’s Grove is a sad and desolate place. Reached by a long overgrown pathway it now mainly attracts ghost hunters and paranormal investigators keen to prove or disprove once and for all, that the spirit world exists.
The Madonna of Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery
For years the apparition of a woman in white has been witnessed by many people visiting the cemetery. Usually seen on moonlit nights, sometimes carrying her infant child, she wanders between the gravestones as if she is searching for something lost.
On August 10th 1991, the Ghost Research Society gained access to the cemetery for the purpose of a paranormal investigation.
By this time the cemetery was surrounded by a large metal fence and could only be accessed with special permission.
The group carrying out the research swear that they were the only people present at the time and that nobody but themselves could gain access to the site.
When the group began to record a number of anomalies with their equipment, one member, Mari Huff, decided to take a black and white infra-red photograph of the area recording the most activity.
It is important to note that none of the group witnessed anything visually themselves.
When the photographs were developed, the results were astonishing. If genuine, then Mari recorded one of the most stunning images of a ghost, the world had ever seen.
Sitting on a small square gravestone, the image of a woman can be clearly seen staring into the distance. Identified as the Bachelor’s Grove Madonna seen on moonlit nights, the lady appears to be waiting for something.
Perhaps her baby’s grave is one of those desecrated or perhaps the tiny body has been re-interred elsewhere and the sad mother is looking for the child she has lost.
While the Madonna of Bachelor’s Grove is certainly the most famous spirit that haunts the cemetery, she is not alone.
Over 100 different paranormal events have been recorded in this small abandoned graveyard, many by very credible witnesses including skeptical paranormal investigators, psychics, and even police officers.
1) Blue Lights: Some of the first paranormal phenomenon recorded at Bachelor’s Grove were the blue lights witnessed by many people during the 1970’s in particular.
One investigator Jack Urmansky, reported that the blue lights appeared to have an intelligence and would dart about and play with investigators.
Another investigator, Denise Travers claimed that the lights hovered before her and she was able to put her hand through.
Any suggestion that the lights were from police cars was put to rest when it was revealed that police vehicles in this area at this time had red lights and that a number of police officers had themselves witnessed and followed the blue lights up to the cemetery.
2) The Phantom House: The phantom house has been witnessed by many local people in the area and is one of the most recorded paranormal events in the area.
The house itself is an unremarkable white wooden house with a porch. A lamp shines in one of its windows. There is nothing unusual about the house, indeed its type is common to the area.
What makes the house special is that it is never seen in the same spot on more than one occasion.
Those who witness it record the same experience. As the house is approached, it diminishes in size until it eventually disappears from sight.
3) The Murdering Caretaker: Those brave enough to venture up to the cemetery on dark moonless nights have often been met by an angry caretaker who blocks their way.
Often witnessed carrying a rifle and an old-fashioned oil lamp, he warns off visitors telling them there is nothing to see.
Clearly not a character you want to meet on a dark night, an encounter with this caretaker takes on an even more terrifying aspect when visitors are told that he has been dead for many years.
The caretaker is alleged to have murdered his family before setting fire to his house and turning his gun on himself, he now believes it is his role to stand guard over the specters of Bachelor’s Grove.
4) The Farmer: To the rear of the Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery is a large pond or lagoon. Once an inviting place to bathe and swim it is now a pool of stagnant water filled with weeds and algae.
Rumored to be a favorite dumping ground for Chicago’s gangsters in the twenties and thirties, it is impossible to know how many bodies may now lie in its muddy depths.
Visitors to the cemetery late at night report strange mists and lights over the pond, some even report a two-headed monster.
One of the most shocking stories, however, came from two police officers on night duty near the cemetery. They claim to have witnessed a man and a horse plunging into the depths of the lagoon.
What they did not know at the time was that a farmer had died in exactly these circumstances many years earlier when his horse bolted and dragged him to a watery death.
5) Disappearing Cars: In recent years, a new phenomenon has been recorded around the cemetery. Increasingly people are reporting seeing and hearing phantom cars.
Driving along the nearby Turnpike Road drivers report slowing down behind vehicles that suddenly disappear in front of them.
Others see cars in their rear view mirror but when they glance again the cars have gone.
6) The Psychic: In 2006 a psychic detective Ken Melvain-Berg visited the cemetery with a reporter from The Chicago Tribune.
Arriving at the cemetery Ken claims to have heard the voice of a child crying. When he asked the ghostly child what was wrong, the little boy informed him he had lost his money in the lagoon.
Wading into the muddy pond, Ken, who the reporter said was in a trance during the whole experience, bent down and immediately retrieved a 1942 half-dollar coin exactly where the child had said.
The paranormal events that surround Bachelor Grove Cemetery began with the wilful desecration and vandalism of a once beautiful graveyard.
Today it is a restless and unhappy place.
Famous across the world because of a photograph of the Bachelor Grove Cemetery Ghost, the graveyard is in fact haunted by many spirits.
Now reputed to be one of the most haunted spots in America, it is hard to know what will appease the restless souls that wander through the cemetery, roused from their eternal slumber by the thoughtless actions of a few selfish vandals.
The year is 1939, the place is Chicago. A young man Jerry Palus is attending a dance at the Liberty Grove and Hall near 47th Street and Mozart.
As the evening wears on Jerry is not particularly interested in any of the young ladies enjoying the music or the party atmosphere.
Standing watching the dancers, a young woman suddenly appears in the doorway and catches his eye. Tall and slender with long blonde hair and blue eyes, he is immediately attracted to her.
They spend the rest of the evening dancing and although he finds her a little reserved and cold to touch, he is smitten. At the end of the evening Jerry offers the young woman a lift home.
The lady agrees and gives Jerry her address. Puzzlingly though, she first asks her admirer to take her down Archer Avenue in the opposite direction.
As they drive down the road they approach the gates of Resurrection Cemetery. Suddenly the young woman asks her driver to stop.
Climbing out of the car she tells Jerry that he must not come after her, where she is going he can’t follow. As he watches, the woman disappears from view.
What Jerry doesn’t yet realize is that he may have just spent the evening with Resurrection Mary. Who is Resurrection Mary? You may well ask.
She is of course, Chicago’s most loved and famous ghost.
By the next morning Jerry is so concerned at abandoning his new friend in such a dark and isolated place that he decides to go to her home to make sure that she is safe.
Traveling across town he finds her house with little trouble and knocks on the door. A middle aged lady answers and Jerry asks if he can speak with her daughter.
Before his eyes the woman pales and almost faints.
Recovering her composure minutes later, she informs Jerry that her daughter died five years earlier and is buried in Resurrection Cemetery.
Shaken, Jerry slowly realizes that he has in fact been dancing with a ghost, the ghost of Mary Bregovy.
Mary Bregovy was born in Chicago in 1912. The daughter of Czech immigrants she worked hard in a factory and spent her evenings, when she could, dancing and enjoying herself.
A month before her 21st birthday Mary attended a dance with some friends at the O Henry Ballroom.
At the end of the evening Mary climbed into a car with three of her friends and was traveling through downtown Chicago, presumably on her way home.
As the group rounded a corner at Wacker Drive and Lake Street, the driver John Thoel, failed to see a piece of machinery.
Striking the large object, the vehicle overturned. Mary was thrown through the windscreen, dying immediately. Her companions although injured, survived.
In the months that followed Mary’s friends are rumored to have seen her near the cemetery where she was buried in an unmarked grave.
That cemetery was Resurrection Cemetery. During the 1950’s the caretaker of the cemetery who had known Mary during her lifetime swore that he witnessed her ghost moving through the gravestones.
So can we say for definite that Mary Bregovy is definitely Resurrection Mary?
Photographs of Mary Bregovy do indeed show a stunningly beautiful young woman, but she is clearly dark not blonde and as for her white dress, the tragic Miss Bregovy was buried in her favorite Orchid gown, a delicate shade of lilac.
Ona or Anna Norkus was born in Cicero Illinois in 1914. Once again she was the daughter of immigrant parents.
Part of a deeply religious family she took the name Marija or Mary in devotion to the Blessed Mother.
On 20th July 1927 Anna’s father took herself and her older sister to a dance at the O Henry Ballroom, possibly as a birthday treat for the two girls.
Part of a larger group at the dance, the family of three accepted a lift home with friends. Traveling down the pitch black city streets at 1:30 am they passed the Resurrection Cemetery on Archer Avenue before turning onto 67th Street.
Tragically, the car they were traveling in plunged down an unmarked railway cutting 25 feet deep. Young Anna was the only fatality, her happy evening shattered and her young life snatched cruelly away.
Could Anna be a candidate for Resurrection Mary?
Photographs of the young Anna clearly show that she is blonde and beautiful but is she too young?
Mary Petkiewicz was a 17 year old bride who sadly lost her life on Christmas day 1932. Mary was one of five people traveling in a car driven by her young husband Casimir.
On the corner of 55th Street and Cicero, their vehicle collided with another driven by a Steve O’Donnell. Mary was thrown from the car when it overturned and died almost immediately.
Sadly information regarding Mary Petkiewicz is scant and there are no images to compare with the sightings of Resurrection Mary.
Mary Miskowski was a young Polish girl who died in 1930. Aged just 19 Mary was on her way to a Halloween party dressed as a bride after borrowing her mother’s old wedding dress.
As she made her way along the road she was knocked down and killed by a hit and run driver. Described as a pretty blonde by those who knew her, Mary is perhaps the likeliest candidate for our young ghost.
She is certainly the popular choice for many people who leave her flowers, notes and prayers at Resurrection Cemetery.
Sadly, there are no records to confirm Mary’s life or death, possibly due to a misspelling of her name somewhere along the line. She remains a ghostly enigma.
Sightings of Resurrection Mary
Since 1934 there have been countless sightings of Resurrection Mary. She is usually seen walking slowly along Archer Road near Resurrection Cemetery.
Described as blonde, blue eyed and beautiful, she wears a diaphanous white gown and dancing shoes. Initially Mary appeared to be a hitchhiker who would step into the road and try to flag down cars.
If they failed to stop she would jump up onto the running board of older vehicles or throw herself in front. Those who stopped described her as disappearing before their eyes.
In 1973 Mary entered a club called Harlow’s on two occasions. Wearing a faded white dress she danced the night away.
Despite the doors being manned and the building secured, nobody saw Mary enter or leave the building.
On August 10th 1976 at about 10PM the local Police Department received a call informing them that a young girl had been seen locked behind the gates at Resurrection Cemetery.
Arriving at the cemetery the two police officers sent out to investigate found no sign of the girl. What they did find was the cemetery gates damaged.
Something very hot had been used to melt the bars. Impressed into them were the fingerprints of a small adult.
On 12th August 1976 a young female driver reported the body of a woman wearing a white dress lying in front of the cemetery gates.
When the police arrived they found the young driver distraught. The body which she had clearly seen disappeared before her eyes.
In 1978 a truck driver on his way to work in the early morning also spotted the body of a young girl lying in front of the cemetery gates.
Climbing out of his truck, he discovered the girl was severely injured but still breathing. With nobody around the man climbed back into his vehicle and rushed off to seek help.
Returning with an ambulance a few minutes later he was astonished to discover the woman had gone and there was no sign that an accident had ever taken place.
In May 1978 a young couple were driving down Archer Road when a woman wearing a white dress darted in front of their car.
Hitting the brakes too late, the driver knew that he must surely strike the lady. Bracing themselves for impact the couple were astonished when their car passed straight through the body of the young woman who promptly melted away as if she had never been there at all.
In 1979, a cab driver called Ralph turned onto Archer Avenue and spotted a young woman standing by the side of the road. The weather was cold and the young woman didn’t have a coat.
Pulling over the cabbie asked the woman if she would like a lift. The young lady climbed into the front seat of the cab. She broke the silence once only to remark that the snow had come early that year.
As they approached the cemetery the woman became agitated and shouted for the driver to stop. The bewildered driver looked around for a house but could see nothing.
Turning to his passenger to ask where she lived, he was astonished to discover that she had disappeared.
On the last weekend of August in 1980, Mary was spotted by numerous people who reported their sightings to the police. Included in these sightings was one by the deacon of the local Greek Church.
He reported that as he was driving down Archer Road a young blonde haired woman in a long flowing white dress crossed in front of his car before stopping in the middle of the road.
The deacon described the lady as barefoot and walking with her arms outstretched as if she was reaching for something.
On September 5 1980 a young man left a softball game and drove down Archer Road on his way home. As he passed The Red Barrel Restaurant he spotted an attractive young woman standing at the side of the road.
Not one to pass up an opportunity the young man pulled up and asked the pretty girl if she would like a lift. Climbing into the car it was clear that she didn’t want to engage in small talk but indicated that she wanted to go up Archer Road.
Traveling at least 45mph the car did not stop or slow down as it approached the cemetery. Keen to get a date with the lovely young woman the driver turned to ask if she would like to accompany him for a drink.
The young woman had disappeared into thin air.
On October 23 1980 four people witnessed Mary dancing in Archer Road. None of the witnesses knew of the ghost story attached to the cemetery and only discovered that they had seen a ghost when the reported the incident to their families.
Sightings of the beautiful apparition of a young woman continue to be reported near the cemetery on Archer Road to this day.
Who was Resurrection Mary in life?
We will probably never know.
In this cemetery with over 150,000 graves there must be many Marys all with their own story to tell.
The only thing we truly know about the ghostly Mary that Chicago has taken to its heart is that she was a beautiful young woman who loved to dance whose life was cruelly taken far too soon.