Category: Historical Research

Old Chicago: A Man, A Monkey, and an Amusement Park

Old Chicago: A Man, A Monkey, and an Amusement Park
Once upon a time, in Bolingbrook, Illinois, stood a very fun place, at least in the eyes of a nine-year-old kid from Cicero. Its founder was Californian Robert Brindle and the 500,000 square-foot building with almost 9,000 parking spaces stood roughly at the southwest corner of where IL Rt. 53 met I-55. The concept was... Read more »

The Devil in the White City, Dr. H.H. Holmes, linked to Celebration of Flag Day

The Devil in the White City, Dr. H.H. Holmes, linked to Celebration of Flag Day
Much has been written about Dr. Herman Webster Mudgett and his murderous escapades in Chicago while using the alias Dr. H.H. Holmes.  Thanks to Erik Larson’s best-selling book and many other books and shows, the murderous con-man will be forever linked to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. What many don’t know is that... Read more »

Otto Funk - The Great Chicago Library Book Thief

Otto Funk - The Great Chicago Library Book Thief
This story was a long time in the making and realistically too long for a blog post so I am including the link to the full story here. As a book lover myself, I was drawn to the story of Otto Funk, the most prolific book thief in Chicago history.  As most great stories, I... Read more »
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The Chicago Memorial Day Massacre of 1937…or was it?

The Chicago Memorial Day Massacre of 1937…or was it?
Chicago is no stranger to labor disputes.  In fact labor is one of the reasons that a traditionally Republican establishment turned Democratic toward the end of the 19th century and never looked back. While many history buffs are familiar with the Haymarket Riot or Haymarket Affair as it is sometimes called, many are not familiar... Read more »

Update #2 Mystery of August Boness ( Bonas ) SOLVED!

Update #2 Mystery of August Boness ( Bonas ) SOLVED!
Link to Original Article:  “What will be the Fate of the 101 year-old Grave of August Boness?” Link to Update#1:  “Update on the 101 year-old Grave of August Boness (Bonas): Is Bethania Hiding Something? Since I published my last two articles I have been hard at work to discover a little more history on the... Read more »

Update on the 101 year old Grave of August Boness (Bonas)

Update on the 101 year old Grave of August Boness (Bonas)
  Link to First Article:  “What Will Be the Fate of the 101 Year-Old Grave of August Boness?” Link to Update #2 August Boness (Bonas) MYSTERY SOLVED! I had to post this update as soon as possible because time may be running out.  For years people have thought that the grave stone that is in... Read more »
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What will be the Fate of the 101 year old Grave of August Boness?

What will be the Fate of the 101 year old Grave of August Boness?
  Update Article #1: Update on the Fate of the 101 year-old Grave of August Boness (Bonas) Update Article #2 Mystery of August Boness (Bonas) Solved!   For years legend has surrounded the gravestone that until recently was hidden under bushes in the parking lot of the apartment building at 7889 Archer Ave in west... Read more »

Is Witchcraft Illegal in the State of Illinois?

Is Witchcraft Illegal in the State of Illinois?
Many people find fascination with the topic of the Salem Witch trials of 1692.  I have read a number of fascinating books on the subject and most recently a team of researchers from Salem State University have claimed to have located the actual site of the 19 executions by hanging that resulted from the trials. ... Read more »

The Chicago legend of Peabody ’s Tomb and the Masochistic Monks turns 93 Today

The Chicago legend of Peabody ’s Tomb and the Masochistic Monks turns 93 Today
On August 27, 1922 the legend of Peabody’s Tomb began.  Many people may not know the legend by name but if you grew up on the west side of Chicago or in the near west suburbs you might have heard about the old mansion and estate that high school kids would sneak into late at... Read more »
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Assassination Theater – A Theatrical Investigation of the Murder of JFK

Assassination Theater – A Theatrical Investigation of the Murder of JFK
At first I thought that it wouldn’t be fair that I should be writing a review of Assassination Theater.  After all I love history and I am a former criminal investigator so it was right up my alley.  I thought it would be rather like a Republican doing a review of the Republican National Convention... Read more »