032 Hull House, Jane Addams, and the Devil Baby

Is Hull House Haunted?

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Is Hull House haunted? In Ghostly’s thirty-second episode, Pat and Rebecca and special guest Mondo explore Jane Addam’s Hull House and the Devil Baby in Chicago. Visitors often call Hull House one of the most haunted locations in the city. In its heyday as a settlement house, legends told of a devil baby born and kept at the mansion. Stories of a woman in white and other spirits draw visitors from all over the world. But is it haunted?

Questions Explored in this Episodes

What was Hull House? What is it today? Who was Jane Addams and what did she accomplish at Hull House and in her life? Who was Charles Hull, the house’s namesake? What were the stories about the Devil Baby, and were those stories real? Who haunts the second floor? Why did those who lived there keep a pitcher of water by the door to the attic? What man or men haunt the staircase and make the chandelier move? Can you hear little girls playing around the fountain? Is Hull House haunted?

Listener Mail and Questions!

Listener mail about The Clown Motel from someone who works in Tonopah, NV, and this reader has some great insight into the story behind it. Have a story or question of your own (or someone you know)? Send your story or question to info@ghostlypodcast.com and we might read it on the podcast. You can also email us individually at pat@ghostlypodcast.com or rebecca@ghostlypodcast.com. You could be on a future episode of Ghostly!

Hull House Fountain  photo by Rebecca Rivers
Hull House Fountain photo by Rebecca Rivers

Ghost Story

Listen to Rebecca tell a ghost story inspired by the paranormal sightings at Hull House and learn some history as well.

History of Hull House, Charles Hull, and Jane Addams

Listen to Pat and Rebecca give the history in this extra long episode. Pat explores the amazing philanthropic background of Charles Hull and his heir, Helen Culver before discussing Hull House itself and the legend of the Devil Baby. Rebecca covers the history of Jane Addams, including her life and all the social work she inspired.

Jane Addams

Time for the debate!

Join Pat, Rebecca, and Mondo for a debate on all the different ghost people have claimed to see over the years at Hull House. Everyone lays out their best case, so then you the listeners can decide. Who do you believe?

Now is the time to vote on this episode!

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Poll Results

Also included in this episode are the results from last episode’s poll. The voting came down to the wire! Is the Clown Motel is haunted? Still need to listen to our previous episode on the Clown Motel? Check it out here.

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Sources for this Week’s Episode


Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann