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?
Or do you believe it is nothing more than a urban legend?
Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.