Kathi Kresol might sound like a familiar name to many of you– she was the superstar organizer of the Paranormal Conference in Delayed Departures (Book 18). Actually, I first met the real-life Kathi at the Illinois Paranormal Conference last year in Rockford. She is amazing (even more amazing than the fictional Kathi) and has made a name for herself by researching and sharing haunted stories about Rockford. We’re lucky enough to have Kathi share one of her stories with us today.
The third ward of Rockford was a bustling place in 1885. People came and went at all hours of the night and day. Things changed for the folks of the ward during the fall of 1885. Incidents began to occur which had people so frightened they were reluctant to leave their homes after dark.
The reports all were the same. People that worked outside of the ward traveled back late in the evenings to their homes. Almost every night as the time approached midnight, anyone who might wander the streets of the downtown area was met by a horrific sight. These people all described the incidents the same way. First, they had the feeling of being watched then the hairs on the back of their neck would rise. Suddenly, a swirling mist would appear before them. This mist would slowly solidify until it turned into a skeleton which began to glow.
As sometimes happens in cases like this, word about the nightly visitor spread. While adults were too frightened to be on the streets after dark, the children of the city had the opposite reaction. They flocked to the area, hoping for a glimpse of the glowing midnight wanderer.
One night in early November, a band of small children were playing a game of hide and seek in the territory where the luminous spirit traveled. The children were flitting about, squealing and laughing while they searched for the perfect hiding spot.