Ray Johnson is a former criminal investigator in Du Page County, Illinois. He was born in Chicago and has spent his entire life in the Chicagoland area. He is a graduate of The University of Illinois at Chicago and has taught College Classes in Criminal Justice at the College of Du Page in Glen Ellyn as well as lecturing on Chicago folklore and history and teaching adult education classes on historical research techniques. He is a life-long fan of Chicago history and especially the stranger side of Chicago's history such as Chicago area urban legends, folklore and other little known Chicago tidbits. His first published work on the subject is "Chicago's Haunt Detective" by Schiffer Publishing out of Atglen, PA which was published in July 2011. His website for the stranger side of Chicago is HauntDetective where you can also order an autographed copy of his book. He is a former Chicago area representative of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a member of the Hyde Park Historical Society and a member of the Jackson Park Advisory Council. He runs a historical research service from his other website, HistoryCop. His second book, Chicago History-The Stranger Side was released in February 2014.
The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition is one of Ray's favorite historic topics in Chicago history and he recently started a not for profit called "Friends of the White City"