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posted: 10/23/2011 6:00 AM

Ghost hunter to tell about Illinois haunted sites

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  • Dale Kaczmarek, a local ghost hunter, will speak at the Indian Trails Public Library Oct. 24.

    Dale Kaczmarek, a local ghost hunter, will speak at the Indian Trails Public Library Oct. 24.
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Dale Kaczmarek, a local ghost hunter and president of the Oak Lawn based Ghost Research Society, will present his research on some of the society's best evidence regarding America's most haunted sites at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at the Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling.

Some of the haunted sites he will discuss include the Moundsville and Mansfield Prisons, both now abandoned penitentiaries, the Havencrest Castle in Savannah, the Lincoln Theater in Decatur and the Mineral Springs Hotel in Alton.

The Ghost Research Society was formed as a clearing house for reports of ghosts, hauntings, poltergeist and life after death encounters. The society members actively research and investigate all reports that come their way, including private homes and businesses. The society also analyzes alleged spirit photographs, video and audiotapes that they come across from ordinary people or society members.

Kacmarek has been actively investigating paranormal phenomena since 1975. He has conducted many investigations involving ghost lights, haunted houses, cemeteries, Indian burial grounds and murder sites. In addition to authoring five books on the subject of ghost hunting, he also conducts tours for Haunted Chicagoland Tours, which is a member of the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce.

Learn more about the local ghosts in Chicago and Illinois at Ghost Hunting Techniques on Video at the Indian Trails Library 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24. Registration is required. To register or learn more about the program, call the library at (847) 459-4100.

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