The origins of the ghost which supposedly haunts Eastern Illinois University’s Pemberton Hall

October 30, 1918Kankakee, IllinoisMary Hawkins dies in an asylum; she is later said to haunt Easter Illinois University’s Pemberton Hall One stormy night in January 1916, while the rest of the students and faculty were at home for the holidays, Eastern Illinois University’s Pemberton Hall had three lonely occupants. One — a young woman named…

Man executed for assault and murder of girl

October 17, 1919Chicago, IllinoisThomas Fitzgerald (39) is executed for the murder and sexual abuse of 6-year-old Janet Wilkinson WARNING: this article contains details which may be considered graphic. Discretion is advised. Wilkinson went missing from her Chicago home on July 22, 1919. Suspicions almost immediately fell upon Fitzgerald who lived in the same apartment building…

Man executed for killing woman with chisel during robbery

March 26, 1886 Chicago, Illinois Frank Mulkowski is hanged for killing a woman during a robbery Mulkowski had become acquainted with Joseph Kledzeick around 6 weeks before the killing, and was thus familiar with the times Joseph would not be at home. He entered the Kledzeick home on August 22, 1885 and, either after being…

Woman killed by partner who wanted to date another

March 15, 2007 Villa Park, Illinois Rebecca Klein (32, pictured) is killed by her romantic partner Nicole Abusharif (28) Klein and Abusharif had been partners for 7 years, though Abusharif began dating another woman for over a year before Klein’s murder. According to the other woman, she was told Klein was simply Abusharif’s roommate while…