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Includes the Paranormal Related to the Our Lady of the Angels School Fire,
This review is from: Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City (Paperback)
This book has everything: Ghostly hitchhikers, haunted scenes of mass murder, cemeteries, weeping statues, the cult of saints, a fireman's premonition of death, poltergeists, Native American burial sites, etc.
The story of Mary Worth, the witch, is presented as one where her ghost self comes out of a mirror in a darkened room and scratches the face of the person. According to another version, Mary Worth emanates from the mirror and strangles the victim, using her stocking.
To me, the most interesting part of this modest-sized book was the account of the Our Lady of the Angels School fire. A woman who had just identified her son at the morgue woke up to see him sitting next to her, holding her hand and consoling her. A dead sister appeared to her brother, and promised to watch over him. At the rebuilt school, it is said, the sounds of children screaming can sometimes be heard. (Not to spoil it, but my mother taught at the rebuilt school ten years after the fire, and never reported anything unusual).
The author takes a middle view of the paranormal. They should neither be believed uncritically, nor summarily rejected.