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But reports of hauntings in Northern Illinois intrigued him, and he began researching them. He founded a Fox Lake based group in 2006 called Something Ghostly Paranormal.

Over the years, he’s investigated public buildings, private homes, hospitals, insane asylums and other places in the county and around the nation, and he believes some of these places have been visited by spirits from another world.

There’s the haunted doll in someone’s home the owners say she moves limbs at will, and he’s seen it himself. He recently investigated a tavern in Fox Lake where he, a bartender and other workers heard strange voices after closing hours.

If that doesn’t convince you, how about Dolski’s claim that his house in Huntley is haunted by a little girl named Sally?

“One day, my wife and I were sitting on the couch, and we both heard somebody say, ‘Mommy,’ Nobody was there. We’ve had company come and they’ve seen and heard things, too. We’ve opened our house to a lot of friends who don’t believe it,” Dolski said. “After they spend the night, they believe.”

Sally tends to appear weekly at the Dolski household, sometimes moving items around in the house, he said.

He discovered that years ago, a young girl died in a well on his house’s property.

“We think because it was a tragic death, she doesn’t know that she’s dead. She’s looking for her parents, a place to call her own. Since we recognize that spirits are real, we have accommodated her and allowed her into our family,” Dolski said.

He and his wife would like her to leave.

“But she refuses to move on,” he said.

Bob Jensen, who started Ghostland Paranormal in 1990 in Gurnee, said he’s less of a skeptic than he used to be.

Ghostland Paranormal consists of open minded people, he said, adding that the members are, “well respected members of the community, including teachers,
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professors and federal agents.”

Recently, he investigated a tattoo parlor in Antioch that had a painted glass door. “There’s the story about a man who has been seen peering through the glass, looking at the girls at work there,” he said.

Jensen said he has recorded a little girl’s voice in the parlor, saying, “He’s coming up the stairs.”

“Another time, we saw a figure, a translucent individual that was squatting down by an infrared light I had set up,” he said, adding that the basement is just creepy.

Jensen said he heard a story about the basement once being occupied by a man who had committed crimes in the neighborhood.

“There’s always truth behind folklore,” Jensen said. “There’s always some form of truth.”

Both Jensen and Tony Olszewski, founder of McHenry County Paranormal Research Group, have been asked to investigate the Mother Rudd House in Gurnee over the years.

The home, built in 1841 on what became Old Grand Avenue, now houses a museum for the Warren Township Historical Society. It was once a stop along the Underground Railroad, where slaves were given sanctuary on their way to freedom.

Jensen and Olszewksi said they’ve documented paranormal events at the home, but none were threatening.

“We heard voices of a young child it sounded like the child was comfortable in the house,” Jensen said.

But Mary Worth, a woman who lived nearby during that era, is not a benign spirit.

Legend says during the time of the Underground Railroad, Worth was murdering slaves instead of helping them. Some claim she was a witch.

“The townspeople took justice into their own hands,” Jensen said. “They hung her on her property. If you walk along Dilleys Road on the west side, you’ll find a huge tree stump down to the ground. That is the tree that allegedly she was hung from.”

In the past few years, developers have moved an old stone that likely marked her grave, Jensen said, adding that they began losing money until they put the stone back.

Ty Rohrer, supervisor of the Waukegan History Museum, said he’s heard and researched a plethora of stories of hauntings in Waukegan. Residents have told him about the haunted house on Washington Street.

“It was the home of Dr. Roberts. He was a dentist a rather eccentric dentist,” he said. “The stories are that he built his house (in 1891) in such a way as to attract spirits.”

After he died, Rohrer added, the family living there reported a piano playing on its own and a figure in the attic.
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