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Englewood Post Office

Englewood Post Office paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 01/15/2018
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The Englewood Post Office was built over a portion of the site once occupied by the famous "H.H. Holmes Murder Castle."

611 W 63rd Street
Chicago , IL 60621
Phone: 773-873-0790
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 41.7794677
Lon: -87.64043329999998

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 2
Stories: 1
Claims: 4
Evidence: 2
Resources: 4
Retrievals: 14433
Vistor Rating: 1.0
Votes: 3

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The story as it is generally told, and made famous in Eric Larson's book Devil in the White City, is that during the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition, Holmes built an intricate hotel on this spot for visitors to the world's fair, killing and robbing many of them. The house was designed as a death trap, with gas lines he could control to asphyxiate people in their sleep (or not) and chutes he would use to dump his victims unseen into the basement, where he would dissect them, sometimes selling their bodies to medical schools, sometimes just disposing of the evidence.

However according to Adam Selzer, a Holmes expert, the true story is a bit less salacious than that. When Holmes, a swindler, was arrested for insurance fraud in 1894, people remembered that he had a three-story building on 63rd Street that was known to be full of hidden rooms and secret passages. Then they realized that a handful of his employees had disappeared, and wondered if those passages could be for more than just hiding stolen furniture. Some of the missing people were found alive and well, but roughly half a dozen never were. He eventually confessed to 27 murders, though several of the people he confessed to killing were still alive at the time. Authorities thought the figure was closer to a dozen; pulp writers in the 20th century started crediting him with hundreds more. Most of the "castle" would have been in the space now occupied by the grassy knoll just east of the post office.

Whatever the truth of the Holmes case, the post office that sits on the site of the castle today is unremarkable in every way. If you need to visit the post office for more mundane reasons it provides counter, money order, and P.O. Box services, but does not process passport applications or renewals. Street parking is available.

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On May 7, 1896, Holmes was hanged and buried, according to his wishes, in a coffin filled with cement that was covered with even more cement (he was concerned about his body being dug up by grave robbers). He lies in the Holy Cross Cemetery, located south of Philadelphia.

As for the Murder Castle, following the fire the upper floors were removed while the street level shops reopened. In 1937, the aging structure was sold to the U.S. government, which demolished it for a post office, which still stands on the site.

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Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

Video by Adam Seltzer about the basement of the Post Office.

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Paranormal Claims

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2644 01/15/2018 sdonley People have heard and recorded voices in the basement.
2645 01/15/2018 sdonley People have heard shuffling and the sounds of people moving in the basement.
2646 01/15/2018 sdonley People have reported the feeling of not being alone in the basement.
2647 01/15/2018 sdonley Chairs have been reported to stack on their own in the basement.

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CLAIM #: 2644 - People have heard and recorded voices in the basement.

Evidence Type: Video
Encounter Type: EVP
Hauting Type: Unknown
Investigation Status: More Investigation Needed
Video with EVP Recorded in Basement
Submitted By: sdonley On: 01/15/2018
DBA Approved: Y

Evidence Type: Audio
Encounter Type: EVP
Hauting Type: Unknown
Investigation Status: More Investigation Needed
EVP Audio Recording from basement by Adam Seltzer
Submitted By: sdonley On: 01/15/2018
DBA Approved: Y

Additional Resources

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Exploring Illinois by Rich Moreno: The Site of the Infamous Murder Castle
Added: 01/15/2018 By: sdonley
One of the most bizarre stories in Chicago history is the tale of America’s first serial killer, Dr. Henry H. Holmes, and his Murder Castle.
H. H. Holmes - Wikipedia
Added: 01/15/2018 By: sdonley
Information about H.H. Holmes and this location on Wikipedia.
9 Most Haunted Places in Chicago, IL
Added: 01/15/2018 By: sdonley
Mention about the H.H. Holmes Murder Castle and the current post office.
The Murder Castle – Today! (or, Good Grief – MORE H.H. Holmes) – Mysterious Chicago Tours
Added: 01/15/2018 By: sdonley
The murder castle of H.H. Holmes was torn down in 1938. There were rumors that it was haunted while it was still standing, and a few stories now circulate about the basement of the current building on the grounds.

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