Chicago History: The Stranger Side

Raymond Johnson

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Former criminal investigator, author, and local historian Ray Johnson takes a new look at nine popular Chicago locations and their history, digging up strange new discoveries and connections. Who may have murdered sisters Barbara and Patricia Grimes in 1956? Who is the seventh body located under the 1893 Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire Memorial at Oak Woods Cemetery…when there should only be six? Is there more of a link between H.H. Holmes and Chicago's White City than previously thought, and could there also be another connection to England and other murders? What ties Chicago to the Titanic disaster of 1912? What rituals were being performed at El-Sabarum (currently The Tonic Room) that could explain some of the bizarre occurrences reported there? Explore these historic mysteries and read about the stranger side of Chicago. Original illustrations by Kimberly MacAulay.

Size: 6" x 9" | 66 b/w photos | Index | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764345098

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Raymond Johnson has had a lifelong passion for the mysteries of the past and especially in the colorful history, folklore,, and legends of the city of Chicago and its neighboring suburbs. He is a former criminal investigator, author, and local historian with over 25 years of historical research, lecturing, and teaching experience, Ray was a former Chicago Chapter Representative of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and conducts professional research for authors, attorneys, television professionals, and family historians at currently writes a blog for , a Chicago Tribune website, entitled "Chicago's Strange and Haunted History." His first book, Chicago's Haunt Detective, took a look at popular Chicago hauntings and legends from the viewpoint of a historian and criminal investigator, and he maintains a presence for that at 2012, Ray teamed up with Kirsten Tillman and Beth Shields of to conduct walking historic haunted tours of Chicago suburban locations. Find out more at He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1993 and from the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in 1997. Ray currently resides in Brookfield, Illinois.