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MYSTERIES – Don't be afraid: Check out these famous haunts

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Need a little spook to spice up your Southern Illinois adventure? Look no further than these 'hot spots' of paranormal activity to keep you awake at night.

DCI Biologicals: The old, stately building at Main Street and U.S. 51 in Carbondale once served as Carbondale's post office and was allegedly home to several government agencies before it became DCI Biologicals in 1998.

Online searches provide tales from former employees and customers about unusual happenings, such as a former janitor allegedly being locked in a closet after a door suddenly shut behind him, a chair moving on its own and the sound of phones ringing where no actual phones were plugged in.

Other sources claim customers and employees have witnessed a chandelier in the lobby swing back and forth and a white ghostly figure floating around the first floor.

Hickory Hill: Also known as the Old Slave House, this building in rural Equality has a dark and mysterious history and is considered one of the most haunted places in Illinois.

The house was allegedly a reverse underground railroad in the 1800s, a place where freed slaves were captured and sold back into slavery for profit. The home's owner at the time, John Hart Crenshaw, is said to have kept the slaves in the attic of the home, where they were shackled into small makeshift cells and tortured.

Rumors of ghostly sounds and sightings, such as voices and the sounds of chains rattling, have been reported for more than a century. The building has been closed to the public since 1996 and belongs to the State of Illinois, which has plans to turn the home into an historic site.

Hundley House: At 601 W. Main St. in Carbondale, this house is perhaps the most famous haunted locale in Southern Illinois.

It was the site of the unsolved 1928 murder of former Carbondale mayor J. Chas Hundley and his wife, Luella. The Hundley House is now a luxury bed and breakfast. Popular television series "Ghost Lab" aired a segment on an investigation of the Hundley House on Jan. 8, 2011, on the Discovery Channel.

Guests and residents have reported pots and pans banging in the kitchen, doors opening and closing and lights turning off and on for no apparent reason. For more information about the Hundley House call 618-457-2170.

- Carol Snuffer


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