The Weirdest Unsolved Cold Cases In The State Of Illinois
Unsolved mysteries and cold cases have entranced the American public for decades. We’re fascinated by urban myths and legends, and even the supernatural. When our forensics teams and authorities can’t figure out what happened, we often try to fill in the blanks on our own. But what happens when even that is difficult? Here are some of the strangest unsolved cold cases and mysteries in the state of Illinois.
Married couple Gilbert and Trudy Woods unearthed what would later be called the “Devil Stone” in their backyard in the 70s. The etchings included two intertwining serpents. Where did this stone come from? Nobody knows. But what happened once it was unearthed is the strange part. Gilbert had a heart attack. Trudy went blind for a few months. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis soon thereafter.
The couple understandably came to believe the stone was cursed, and gave it to a friend — who experienced paranormal phenomena like lights turning on and off, and a bee infestation during the winter. Where is the Devil Stone today? ….Nobody knows!
An old urban legend says that a group of friends attempted to escape a freak thunderstorm by finding shelter in a nearby cave in the late 1800s. The group later went to the authorities after discovering a man dressed in a long black robe and the body of a woman dressed in white fabric. The woman was surrounded by candles as if some weird ritual were being performed by the cloaked man. But the police found nothing when they went into the same cave. Was the group of friends telling the truth? You decide.
In 1980, two men discovered the nude body of a woman near Airtight Bridge. She had been decapitated and her hands and feet severed. The extra parts were missed. She wasn’t identified until 1992 — but her killer was never found. And the worst part: How can you hire a wrongful death lawyer when you don’t know who to sue?
A deaf and mute teen was discovered stumbling through Jacksonville back in 1945. Police couldn’t identify him, and he was sent to a mental health facility where he would spend the rest of his life forever known as John Doe number 24. Toward the end of his life, he began to enact circus routines, leaving residents wondering about his childhood before police discovered him. He is the subject of a number of urban myths and theories about where he came from. Want to visit his grave? No problem. Mary Chaplin Carpenter purchased a gravestone for him.
Another urban myth says the ghosts of two albino twins inhabit the Albino Railroad Tracks in St. Clair County. The story arose after a farmer blamed an 1800s epidemic that ravaged a nearby town on the albino kids. He tied the children to the tracks where they were killed by an oncoming train.