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Haunted House for Sale...Would You Buy?

(From WZTV) - The Hiram B. Scutt Museum in Joliet, Illinois was built in 1882 and designed by architect James Weese for Scutt, who held a number of early patents for barbed wire. The three-storey, 4,960-square-foot red-brick mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been listed at US$159,000 after the property was foreclosed on.

The home has something of a dark history, however, and some say it is haunted. In 2004, a 19-year-old man named Steven Jenkins was fatally shot during a party in the home. A few years later, a John Wilkes Booth impersonator named Seth Magosky bought the home and died suddenly there in 2007, only six months after he began work on turning the mansion into a Victorian museum, Patchs Joseph Hosey reports.

Real estate agent Marcia C. Cronin said an energy reader she had come to the home said it was not haunted, but paranormal investigators who have flocked to the mansion over the years would likely disagree. One paranormal group claims the spirits of children, as well as the homes two original owners, can be encountered there. Spiritual observer and psychic reader Edward Shanahan also wrote in 2010 on his Chicago Paranormal and Spiritual blog that the mansion, which also came to be known as Barb Villa, is very haunted and pointed to compelling videos from multiple paranormal groups as alleged proof.



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