The photo to the left, purportedly of black robed monks, one headless, was taken in 1980 at Hull House in by paranormal investigator Dale Kaczmarek. I don't see much of anything here either, but I include it because I know a scary story about Hull House.

In 1889, Jane Addams founded Hull House as a shelter for hapless women and children in one of Chicago's worst neighborhoods. A rumor spread through the Italian immigrant population that a devout Catholic woman hung a picture of the Virgin Mary on her wall and her atheist husband tore it down, proclaiming he'd rather

have the devil himself in residence. Soon after, the woman became pregnant and gave birth to a hideously deformed child-some say with scales, horns, and cloven hooves. To spare it from community torment, she left the creature at Hull House.

Here the stories diverge. One claims members of the Hull House staff took the infant to be baptized, but that it danced and laughed and broke away from the priest before the ceremony was completed. Thereafter it was incarcerated in the upper floors of the house, where its ghostly image can still be seen in the upper windows. Another version states Addams herself planned to baptize the baby after the priest refused, but when she turned her back on it whilst making preparations in the church it vanished and was never seen again.

Stories of the Devil Baby (which are allegedly the basis for the film Rosemary's Baby) persisted for years, people would come to Hull House demanding to see the child. Jane Addams devoted forty pages of her autobiography to debunking the story, but did report therein that footsteps were heard and an apparition seen in one of the upper rooms.

Written by Sharon C. McGovern

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