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Unexplained Cases | America's Most Haunted Small Town

Written by: Darren Dedo
Case Filed: 3/29/19 - Alton, Illinois
Executive Producer: Rick Garner



Alton, Illinois is what you would call a true river town. Its waters are the Mississippi, the Illinois and the Missouri. Alton was born in 1818 after Rufus Easton established it as a river town and gave it his son’s name. Alton is known for Limestone bluffs and historic homes. At one time confederate prisoners of war were kept behind bars in the Alton Military Prison during the Civil War.

Alton, is certainly a quaint, old, historic Midwest community. Some say it's the most haunted small town in all of America.

The Unexplained Cases team wanted to find out for ourselves if Alton is a hotspot for paranormal activity. One place we’ve always wanted to investigate, the McPike Mansion. Its owner is Sharyn Luedke.

“I’m basically a big chicken, I do not watch scary movies, I don’t do any of that. But you now own one of the most haunted places in America? I do,” said Luedke.

So, who haunts the home…

Field Reports from Merrehope - Meridian, Mississippi

Written by: Rick Garner
Case Filed: 11/17/00 - Meridian, Mississippi
Executive Producer: Rick Garner



Darren Dedo, Rob Ruffin and I arrive at Merrehope on Thursday, November 9. The mansion is located just outside of downtown Meridian in a small neighborhood. Its pearl white exterior is a tremendous contrast to the simple homes surrounding Merrehope.

Field Reports from Vicksburg National Military Park - Vicksburg, Mississippi

Written by: Rick Garner
Case Filed: 11/11/00 - Vicksburg, Mississippi
Executive Producer: Rick Garner



5pm - We all meet at the Texas Monument on Monday evening to examine what Janis has confirmed to be a very active area. This monument marks an area where Union troops stormed up a steep embankment, only to be shot by Confederate soldiers waiting at the top. Janis placed a small cassette recorder on the monument and the tape contains what seems to be voices and light bumps to the microphone. This was before we arrived on scene and when Janis was not near to the monument.
6pm - Rob notices "smoke" coming from the cannon of the bronze structure in his camera's viewfinder as he's rolling footage. He thinks he's imaging things or that someone has placed a cigarette in the cannon. There isn't one. I see the same stream of heat, which seems to come from an object that is cool to the touch. This cannon has been a focal point for activity in some of Janis' previous p…

Field Reports from King's Tavern - Natchez, Mississippi

Written by: Rick Garner
Case Filed: 11/03/00 - Natchez, Mississippi
Executive Producer: Rick Garner





4:30pm - Arrived at King's Tavern and began surveying structure. Upon going to Madeline's room, the crew began feeling what I described as "a need to pop my neck - tightness and heaviness upon chest." Rob Ruffin (videographer) agreed that the sensation was similar to what he felt at both the Spengler Hotel in Jackson and McRaven in Vicksburg. Janis Raley, Founder of the Ghost Preservation League, also joins us.

5:05pm - Rob catches a long, flowing shadow out of the corner of his eye in Madeline's upstairs bedroom. He was surprised and somewhat shaken by the experience. Nothing was found that could have produced a shadow in the room. Plus, Rob was quite certain this shadow was not a "normal" shadow.5:35pm - While interviewing the owner of the Tavern in the restaurant, footsteps were heard upstairs when no one was there. Before the interview, Rob had trouble wi…