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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…

Watch Unexplained: Haunts II

On the evening of Halloween 2002, my privilege and honor of working with some very talented people was showcased in the half-hour television special: "Unexplained: Haunts II." Unlike our first program which featured investigations from various locations, we opted to investigate hauntings this time across a single city: Selma, Alabama.  Rich in history on the civil rights scale and a great resource for film making, we knew nothing about the hauntings Selma. It first came on my radar when I learned that the county chamber of commerce promoted a ghost tour. They were more than helpful to line up former and current owners of the properties and other information to help our investigation. We continued with apply our proven formula: capture and honor the history of a location and weaving that together with a documented paranormal investigation.