010 Iroquois Theater Fire Chicago

The front of the Iroquois Theater before the fire http://www.hauntdetective.com/hauntings-legends-folklore/chicago/downtown/71-the-iroquois-theater-fire-of-december-30-1903

In Ghostly’s tenth episode, Pat and Rebecca explore one of Chicago’s most tragic stories, the Iroquois Theater fire. In 1903, the Iroquois Theater caught fire during a performance and over 600 people died. With all this tragedy, do spirits still linger in this place?

Questions explored in this episode: What happened the day of the fire? Did the theater follow all the right fire prevention rules? What happened when people tried to flee?  Why is the alley behind the theater called Death Alley? Is the theater haunted? Is Death Alley filled with spirits still upset with their fate? Did anyone go to jail for this fire?

In this episode Pat gives the history of the Iroquois Theater and what happened the day of the fire and its aftermath. Then Rebecca tells the ghost stories associate with this place, including the alley behind the theater. 

As always, Pat and Rebecca debate what is fact and what is fiction in these stories. Listen to both sides and decide what you believe. They go through each one, debating the evidence. Be sure to listen for the “Closing Arguments” to help you make your choice.

Also included in this episode are, as always, poll results from our previous episode on George Washington’s Ghost. (check the episode out here if you haven’t had a chance to listen yet).

Now it’s time to vote on this episode! Vote on whether or not the Iroquois Theater and Death Alley are haunted. Click here to vote if you don’t see the poll: https://ghostlypodcast.com/polls/

Last but not least, listen for new contest details to win more excellent prizes from the creeptastic Dead on Paper. This time it includes an opportunity to meet us at C2E2! And don’t forget to send us your own ghost story to be entered to win an awesome prize. Send them to info@ghostly.com

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We want to hear from you! We want your ghost stories or even your non-stories, if you later realized you saw nothing paranormal. We would also love your suggestions for stories to cover in the future. Email us both at info@ghostlypodcast.com or individually at pat@ghostlypodcast.com or rebecca@ghostlypodcast.com  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at GhostlyPodcast

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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

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