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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.

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Angels Among Us: Reunion

Written by: Cindy Carter and Tim Freeny
Case Filed:
3/21/02 - Jackson, Mississippi
Executive Producer:
Rick Garner




"I'm going to hug your neck," said Scott Watkins, when he met Sarah Haller. This reunion comes almost two months after Sarah was hit by a car on I-55 South.

She was involved in a fender-bender, and had stepped out of her car when another car struck her from behind. Scott Watkins saw the whole thing.


"I saw a black Toyota lost control and hit her and thrown her 30 feet in the air. You looked like a rag doll. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that you would not be here without the Lord's intervention," said Watkins to Sarah.

Scott called 911 and began to pray.

He says he also called his wife, asked her to pray and call anyone she could think of and get them to pray as well. Scott then pulled over and prayed over Sarah.

"I was really comforted by it. It really re-emphasized why I was still alive," says Haller. Sarah went on to say, during that time, all voices around her melted away, except one. When Sarah was laying on the ground, the only sound she could hear was the voice of Scott praying over her. The fact that Sarah could only hear his voice isn't the only thing that amazes Scott.

Scott wondered what happened to Sarah. On February 27th, just before going to bed, Scott and his wife tuned in to our newscast to watch NEWSCHANNEL 12's Unexplained report, "Angels Among Us."

"We just fell off our bed and the spirit of God hovered in our room and we got on our knees and began to pray," said Watkins. Scott contacted us and we arranged for this reunion. Scott says he was reluctant at first to come forward because he didn't want to discourage anyone's belief in angels. However, he says prayer is also a miracle and through prayer God moved him into action, and prayer prevented Sarah from being seriously injured.

"From prayer, I know the Lord reached down and touched her," said Watkins.
"I wanted to believe I had been touched by an angel, but I was even more excited about meeting him," said Haller. Sarah and Scott say they still believe in angels.

The Bible defines angels as being either divine agents or human. Sarah says at that crucial moment, Scott truly was her angel.

"(The Bible) says God will send His angels and it also says He will equip us to do his work," adds Haller.

So, this mystery shifts a bit from "who" prayed over Sarah, to the power of prayer itself. Sarah prayed for help, she received it. Scott prayed Sarah's injuries wouldn't be serious. They weren't. What do you believe?
 
Additional Resources:

Angels: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Angels, Demons and Satan

Do you believe in angels?

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