UFO Sighting. Princeton, IL 1973


June 14, 1973; Princeton, IL

UFOs were sighted by three young girls traveling Interstate 80, five ‘miles west of Princeton at approximately 3:38 a.m. State Police District 7 in Rock Island reported. The girls, ages 18 and 19, from Albany, N.Y., and Bristolville, Ohio, told investigating troopers that they had seen a silver, gray and black flying object emitting a green mellow light. The girls said that the object made several maneuvers in a rapid manner, and, prior to disappearing, two other objects were accompanying the first one. The girls said the object was flying in a southeast to northwest direction. Another traveler at the rest area, a Milwaukee man, allegedly photographed the objects with a high powered camera, but he had left the area before troopers arrived at the scene, troopers said. (Times, Ottaw, IL, Jun 15)


NICAP. “The 1973 UFO Chronology. A World-Wide Wave.” National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena. Web.  http://www.nicap.org/waves/1973fullrep.htm


UFO Sighting, Peru Illinois


Occurred: 11/3/2015 20:30 (Entered as: 11/03/15 20:30)

Reported: 11/3/2015 7:04:46 PM 19:04

Posted: 11/6/2015

Location: Peru, IL LaSalle County

Shape: Fireball

Duration:3-4 seconds

Illinois Valley green fireball. Standing in backyard with my dog and saw what appeared to be a green fireball with a red tail jet through the sky!!! Traveled east to west…it was awesome!!!


NUFORC. (2015) “Sighting Report” National UFO Reporting Center. Web.

< http://www.nuforc.org/webreports/123/S123366.html&gt;

Are there spirits lingering at the old Lithuanian Liberty Cemetery?


Are there spirits lingering at the old Lithuanian Liberty Cemetery?

The cemetery has built a reputation for being haunted.

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 3:41 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 3:44 p.m. CST

By Goldie Currie – gcurrie@bcrnews.com

SPRING VALLEY — Located among the twists and turns just outside of Spring Valley, the old Lithuanian Liberty Cemetery lays hidden among the trees lining the road.

Established in 1914, the cemetery is the resting place for many Eastern European immigrants who settled in the area long ago.

Less than 20 tombstones stand within the grounds — many written in the Polish, Lithuanian and Slavic languages.

Off to the corner of the cemetery, the distinguishing Massock Mausoleum stands as a resting place for two brothers who were once businessmen in the area before passing away sometime around 1920.

For years, speculation has circulated as to whether or not the mausoleum is haunted. Many have talked about the infamous “hatchet man” ghost who guards the mausoleum and scares those who enter the cemetery grounds at night.

The widespread notion the cemetery is haunted has attracted vandals to the area.

In the 1960s, a local boy broke into the mausoleum and stole a skull from one of the bodies. He mounted the skull on the dashboard of his vehicle. When word got out that it was indeed a real skull, police investigated the matter and confirmed the skull belonged to one of the bodies within the mausoleum. Once the skull was returned, the Massock family had the door to the mausoleum cemented shut.


The desecration didn’t stop there. Within the last 12 years, police were called to the cemetery when a dog’s head was found on the steps of the mausoleum. The animal has been sacrificed and burned.

The cemetery has been rated as a top 10 creepiest cemetery by Michael Kleens, who wrote “Haunting Illinois: A tourist guide to the weird and wild places of the prairie state.”

Author Rosemary Ellen Guiley published the book, “The Complete Vampire Companion,” and related her story about the cemetery involving several men who encountered a “haunted, pale figure” there.

Richard Crowe, the famed Chicago ghost hunter, also paid a visit to the cemetery and broadcast his experience on WGN Radio. It’s been said during an attempt to spend the night in the cemetery next to the mausoleum, Crowe and his recording team cut the night short because of unnerving feelings they experienced upon the grounds.

Bureau County paranormal investigator David Youngquist has investigated many of the alleged paranormal sites in the Illinois Valley, using his experiences and findings to write books about the places.

Although he has his doubts about other reported haunted locations in the Illinois Valley, he feels the Lithuanian Liberty Cemetery is one local site that has a lot of paranormal activity.

After researching the cemetery’s history, and listening to local tales and legends surroundings the grounds, Youngquist conducted his own investigation of the site on a cold February day. He said a winter storm had just moved through the area, and left snow blown every which way on all the tombstones and trees within the cemetery.

To address the stories he heard, he set out to look for a glowing orange orb, listen for voices coming from within the mausoleum, and see whether something would tap back at him if he rapped upon the mausoleum walls.


“I didn’t get the voices from the crypt, didn’t get anybody to tap back and didn’t get the orange orb,” he explained.

Youngquist said he did notice a red substance dripping from the mausoleum door, which many had said was blood. Youngquist was quick to confirm the red substance was nothing more than red paint.

The next item to investigate was finding what had been disturbing the graves. Youngquist said people had reported seeing the dirt and leaves among the tombstones moved about as if something had been clawing at the ground.

On the day of Youngquist’s visit he noticed the snow around some of the graves had indeed been disturbed.

Upon further investigation, however, he noticed deer and rabbit tracks all along the snow among the tombstones. He realized deer and rabbits were the ones to disturb the ground as they were digging beneath the snow to get at the evergreen vine growing underneath.

Finding the unexplainable

Among the many tales debunked on that cold February day, there was one without a plausible explanation, according to Youngquist.

When investigating the mausoleum, Youngquist noticed the eastern side of the structure felt warmer to the touch, compared to the opposite side of the structure. Stepping back to further investigate, he realized there was no snow on the eastern wall of the structure, despite heavy snow on the opposite side of the structure. He looked around the cemetery and noticed snow was blown on all sides of the tombstones throughout the grounds. To him, this did not make sense. Taking a step back, he also noticed there was no snow on the eastern half of the roof of the structure, despite the fact snow was piled on the opposite half.

Youngquist also noticed the eastern side of the structure was warm to the touch. On the opposite side the stones were so cold to the touch he could barely keep his hand on the surface.

As a paranormal investigator, Youngquist has a theory. “The theory I would put forth, if it is true, is that there could be a spirit that prefers this area and likes this area. It is peaceful and it could be it has made its home here and it could be it has attached itself to its last earthly remains,” he said.


Currie, Goldie. (2014). “Are There Spirits Lingering at the Old Lithuanian Liberty Cemetery?” Bureau County Republican. Shaw Media. Web <http://www.bcrnews.com/2014/10/29/are-there-spirits-lingering-at-the-old-lithuanian-liberty-cemetery/amokowt/?page=1&gt;

Ghost investigators check history Bureau County house


9/11/2015 5:10:00 AM

Ghost investigators check history Bureau County house

Jennifer Spratt

Bureau-Putnam Bureau Chief

PRINCETON — Who you gonna call? GhostBusters — or maybe The Extreme Vision Paranormal group, a paranormal research group centered in Northern Illinois for the past six years.


That’s what Ray Wherzyn, who owns a home in rural Selby Township outside of Princeton, did when, he says, he met the ghost living in his home.


“I was watching the hockey game, it was like midnight, and I was sitting in the front room,” Wherzyn said of his first ghostly experience. “All of a sudden a spirit came up and floated right through the floor. I said ‘What’s your name?’ and she said ‘My name is Bridgette Dubois.’”


Wherzyn said he left the room and when he returned other spirits had entered.


His house, the historic Hassler Tavern, was built in the early 1800s by Henry Hassler, and could have been originally used as either a home or a tavern, according to the building plans listed on the Library of Congress website.


Wherzyn, who is from Orland Park, said he believes his home was once used as a stage coach stop in the 1800s and a speak-easy during the 1920s, and plans to have parties and dances for his friends as soon as he finishes his renovations.


After talking to some friends about his experience, Wherzyn was put in touch with EVP.


Extreme Vision Paranormal, comprised of local paranormal enthusiasts including Gary Butler and JC Philips, conduct free investigations for people all over the country.


“If they have an issue, and want to know more, they call us and we come out and investigate and see what we can find,” Philips said.


The night of the Hassler Tavern investigation, the EVP group set up a DVR system and infrared cameras throughout the house and property. EVP investigators said they don’t always find evidence at an investigation, but when they do, they try to find a more earthbound reason.


“Most of the time, it’s not until we go back and review that we really find stuff,” Philips said. “We’re very skeptical, so most of the time, we’ll bring something out and do everything we can to try and disprove it.”


While they try to disprove everything, some things just can’t be explained.


“It’s hard to deny, you know what I mean,” Butler said. “Some of the stuff you get, you can’t explain it.”


The EVP team has no idea going in to a place whether there will be activity.


“We’ve been to places where we think there is going to be nothing, and it’s been crazy,” Philips said. “Then we’ve been to places that are supposed to be totally active, I’ve been to Waverly Hills Insane Asylum in Tennessee, five times. Four times we went there, it was crazy, the last time we were there, there was nothing.”


So did the EVP team find anything at Hassler Tavern?


“It usually takes 2-3 weeks for us to review everything,” Butler said. “We set up six cameras and we were there for five hours, so that’s 30 hours of video to watch.”


While EVP will review their findings with Wherzyn before making anything public, Butler did say he thought there was some activity.


“I think we had some activity,” Butler said. “It’s hard to say until we get everything reviewed.”


Spratt, Jennifer. (2015). “Ghost Investigators Check History Bureau County House.” News Tribune. LaSalle, Illinois. Web. <http://newstrib.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=27&ArticleID=46427&gt;

Still here


Hello everyone, just letting you know I am still here. I have not heard of any new sighting or stories for the Christian County and Bureau County area. When I do find them, I will post them here or update the other stories.

I have been busy with school and trying to get my writing career going. Check out: http://www.traciehicks.weebly.com

Until then, be safe.

Bureau County, IL


I am moving to a new county. I will still cover my old county and would love for my Christian County, IL people to send in “true” sightings so I can post them here. I am just expanding it to Bureau County, IL area. If you live in Bureau County, IL. I would love to hear your “true” stories and sightings, so I can add them to my collection.

Thank you.

Going to continue to take your stories and sightings


This is a free site for people to share their stories and sightings. I am not going to change that now. I know many people wrote books about hauntings in their area, but I am not. This is for you and it is free.  This is a chance for you to share your history of Christian County IL. Share your stories, sightings, and folklore. To respond to people who have seen the same things you have seen. So, check out what has been posted and feel free to respond to them. If you have a stories not listen then feel free to email it to me and I will post it up for all to read.

-Thank you.