Haunted Houses on North Market St. in...

Haunted Houses on North Market St. in Marion, IL

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Susan

San José, Costa Rica

#1 Apr 13, 2008
I am looking for ANY information possible about a murder that happened sometime in the late 1800's or early 1900's (not sure, want to know the date too if anyone can tell me). All just know of a Marion, IL judge who lived in a large white house on North Market Street and went crazy one night and killed EVERYONE of his family members in cold blood and then killed himself in the basement by drowning himself head-first in a water well (in the basement). I hear the house was torn down a few years ago BUT was REALLY REALLY haunted and that the red brick home across from his home (beside the Mitchell Funeral Home) is VERY haunted too!!! Anyone kow about either of these homes and their past? I really wanna know about the red Victorian home too and it's past, etc. Thanks for any info!!!
Justin

United States

#2 Feb 12, 2009
Address: 807 N. Market St. Marion, Il. 62959

Murder suspect: Judge W.O. Potter

Victims:
Myrtle Spiller Potter (wife) Age 52,

Eloise Potter /daughter/ Age 16

Mrs. Lucille Potter White/daughter/age 28

Phyllis White/granddaughter/age 4

Cynthia White/grand daughter/age/3 weeks old

The bodies of the family members were found at the Potters residence at 807 N Market St. Marion, Il. by Judge Potter’s surviving son Maurice as he returned home from a business trip around the time of 2:00 AM on the date of October 24th, 1926. All members of the family were dressed in night clothes and were all believed to have been killed sometime around 1:00 AM, the weapon is believed to have been a 20 lb furnace shaker which was secured from within the basement of the house itself. Judge Potter himself was found in a cistern in the rear of the house where he had entered head first into 3 feet of water.

It is believed due to blood patterns and footprints found that Eloise (daughter) was killed first. The killer then surprised Lucille (daughter) in the bathroom and she was then killed by means of crushing her skull. Blood stains then lead across the hall to the room in which Lucille and the 2 young children were staying, Mrs. Potter is believed to have heard the children screaming , ran to help them and in doing so was also struck down by the killer. Eloise is thought to have not been killed immediately and was able to make her way to the bedroom where she died along side her mother and the children. Bloody footprints were then followed down the back stairs.

In the hours before the murders there was nothing out of the ordinary about Judge Potter, his conduct was normal at the evening meal, and after dinner he read quietly while his granddaughters played around him. His son and daughter were dancing while a little granddaughter played a phonograph As the surviving son was heading out for the night Judge Potter reportedly asked him to “come home early tonight.

To those close to Judge Potter his deep depression was no secret, two of his brothers in law reported that he had relayed his despair unto them on the very morning that the family was found dead. Judge Potter had met Judge D.T. Hartwell in the lobby of the First National Bank and offered to help out, he spoke about how he had had a very bad night and that he had been about to harm his little girl,“wouldn’t that be awful” Potter had said of the incident, and mentioned that he did in fact feel better.

Conversations Potter had had with friends at the time led them to believe that he judge was going through great financial troubles, he had suffered many financial losses due to bad business decisions. In his last weeks of life Judge Potter was known to have lost close to 30 lbs and he would frequently break down crying.

The controversy is that Judge Potter was convicted of the murder of his family members and of having taken his own life by means of drowning before the evidence in the case was even examined and the autopsy on Judge potter revealed no water in the lungs and deep lacerations in his head.

I can personally verify that the house itself was very haunted, I had a couple of friends who lived there about ten years ago and they would always talk about the “weird stuff” that would happen there. I never experienced anything more than very strange feelings in the building. I would ask the friends of mine to elaborate on the things they experienced in their apartment which was in the upstairs south west corner of the old house, but they ended up committing a similar crime to the one Judge Potter is accused of committing and they are both doing life sentences. They did have a roommate for a while who happened to be my best friend, but he too was murdered.
Jason

United States

#3 Feb 17, 2009
Being a history buff I learned about the murders in high school. Personally, I don't believe in hauntings but it is definitely an interesting story. The Marion library has the original newspaper article on microfiche including a floor plan of the house and where the murders occurred.

Another chapter in the saga of Bloody Williamson.
Anny

United States

#4 May 5, 2009
I lived in the house across the street. I don't remember it ever being haunted. However, I do recall being in the house across the street many times. I never felt anything.
Susan wrote:
I am looking for ANY information possible about a murder that happened sometime in the late 1800's or early 1900's (not sure, want to know the date too if anyone can tell me). All just know of a Marion, IL judge who lived in a large white house on North Market Street and went crazy one night and killed EVERYONE of his family members in cold blood and then killed himself in the basement by drowning himself head-first in a water well (in the basement). I hear the house was torn down a few years ago BUT was REALLY REALLY haunted and that the red brick home across from his home (beside the Mitchell Funeral Home) is VERY haunted too!!! Anyone kow about either of these homes and their past? I really wanna know about the red Victorian home too and it's past, etc. Thanks for any info!!!
lived in it

Glasgow, KY

#5 Jun 2, 2009
about 12 years ago me and my 2 boys lived there.They had made apartments in it.We lived in the upstairs apartment in front with all the windows.Mt oldest son age 3 at the time would sit and talk to someone when i asked who he was talking to he would say the baby.He would always tell me baby crying.I was told what happend in the house but i didnt know there was little kids that were killed.maybe it wasnt a makebelive friend he was talking to
I lived there too

Suisun City, CA

#7 Jun 15, 2009
I lived in one of the front basement apartments. Definitely haunted. I only heard a baby crying once but other strange things happened.
Andrea

Rochelle, GA

#8 Jun 24, 2009
I lived n the apartments that was build there once! I do recall hearing a little baby crying! One dya me and my son walked up and down the hallways and my son will say mom i talked to a little baby lastnight ut he never did tell me the little babies name!:(
brick home

Oak Park, IL

#9 Jun 24, 2009
i have met family members (odums) who owned the red brick home (built in 1875) in the 40-60's - they never felt anything but comfortable in the home.
walls are 13-18 inches thick exterior and
support walls. foundation inspectors found it
to be the best foundation they'd seen.
we are closing on the brick home soon - storm of may 8th flattened the garage and damaged a few
windows in the attic.
- it is a lovely bright sunny home. the present owners said that you never really own an older home, you're just the caretakers for awhile. they did have ghost hunters check out the home. they
didn't confirm anything.
the home has been maintained and loved by approx. 5 families.

i heard that the judge and his family
were due to the violence of the times,
vindictive payback.
Susan wrote:
I am looking for ANY information possible about a murder that happened sometime in the late 1800's or early 1900's (not sure, want to know the date too if anyone can tell me). All just know of a Marion, IL judge who lived in a large white house on North Market Street and went crazy one night and killed EVERYONE of his family members in cold blood and then killed himself in the basement by drowning himself head-first in a water well (in the basement). I hear the house was torn down a few years ago BUT was REALLY REALLY haunted and that the red brick home across from his home (beside the Mitchell Funeral Home) is VERY haunted too!!! Anyone kow about either of these homes and their past? I really wanna know about the red Victorian home too and it's past, etc. Thanks for any info!!!
for sale

East Northport, NY

#10 Jul 2, 2009
if you all are referring to the house next to Mitchells Funeral Home, it is for sale. Actually, there is a sale pending on this house. I love that house. Is this the one? I currently live in Marion and very interested in haunted houses.
brick home

United States

#11 Jul 2, 2009
yes, that's the one. it's a wonderful house. the repairs from the storm are - well, not much. we shall see. but, then the entire area is dotted with blue tarps waiting for attention.

the home has been loved and taken care of constantly since 1875. the storm did not damage the structure itself. family members from the 50's - 70's stated that the home was very fashionable and colorful. the grandkids saw
the home at first with the current owners
decor and at first were jumpy. within minutes
they were giggling and in love with all the
neat things an older home has that they've
never seen before. renovated push button light
switches, plaster walls, original wood trim
everywhere, original hardwood floors, banister,
the closed maid's staircase, large attic fan,
little closet's & a real wall phone - wow - i
hadn't even thought about that one.

in the days before air conditioning this was the
only home they knew of that was cool in the heat
of the summer, due to the very thick exterior and interior support walls of brick and the high ceilings.
7 stained glass windows - 5 original.
a new boiler system feeds the radiators in the winter. this creates a constant comfortable warmth. and the energy bills are very sensible.
wish us luck, we've been waiting for months.
for sale wrote:
if you all are referring to the house next to Mitchells Funeral Home, it is for sale. Actually, there is a sale pending on this house. I love that house. Is this the one? I currently live in Marion and very interested in haunted houses.
Chad

Massapequa, NY

#12 Jul 7, 2009
Hello all!

I just relocated to Marion from Atlanta, GA. I am a paranormal investigator looking for others who would like to put together a group. You don't need experience, as I can teach you what I know. No one is an expert in the field, but we can all learn from each other. I am also interested and experienced in ITC, RTSC, and EVP work.

The majority of my work focuses on hauntings. If anyone knows of any active locations in the area, I would be most interested. I am at a loss for places to investigate in this area at this time.

I am also willing to help those with unwanted activity. Though the majority of my work involves documenting cases, I work with investigators from around the country to bring peace of mind to businesses and home owners experiencing activity. All investigations are free of charge and confidential.

You can read about some of the cases I was involved with while living in Georgia by checking out my former group at www.GeorgiaStateParanormal.com

I have two upcoming investigations in Franklin, TN. I would like to find one or two people to participate if possible. Sensitives are encouraged to take part, as are history buffs, researchers, and other interested parties. Thrill-seekers tend to weed themselves out quickly, as there is nothing thrilling about sitting for hours on end with no activity :)

I hope to hear from some interested parties soon.

Chad

Thanks,

Chad
ivannaretire

Bradenton, FL

#13 Jul 18, 2009
My grandfather's family (surname is French) owned a "rooming house" in Marion around 1910. My grandfather (Winford Clifford) had one younger sister, Bertha, an older sister, Cora, two more, whose names I can't recall, and an older brother Edward. The rooming house was haunted. My grandfather claimed that one of his sisters was "pinched" by a ghost. If you're in Marion, is there any way you could check property records for ownership of this house dating back to the turn of the century to see if my family was there? I'm just curious and there's no way for me to check property records without going to Marion, and I'm in Florida. Thank you!
Chad

Hastings On Hudson, NY

#14 Jul 18, 2009
ivannaretire wrote:
My grandfather's family (surname is French) owned a "rooming house" in Marion around 1910. My grandfather (Winford Clifford) had one younger sister, Bertha, an older sister, Cora, two more, whose names I can't recall, and an older brother Edward. The rooming house was haunted. My grandfather claimed that one of his sisters was "pinched" by a ghost. If you're in Marion, is there any way you could check property records for ownership of this house dating back to the turn of the century to see if my family was there? I'm just curious and there's no way for me to check property records without going to Marion, and I'm in Florida. Thank you!
Can you be a little more clear on what information you are wanting? Do you just want me to check the records for names, or are you looking for an address of the boarding house? I volunteer at the Williamson County Historical Society and can probably find something out for you.
ivannaretire

Bradenton, FL

#15 Jul 19, 2009
Chad wrote:
<quoted text>
Can you be a little more clear on what information you are wanting? Do you just want me to check the records for names, or are you looking for an address of the boarding house? I volunteer at the Williamson County Historical Society and can probably find something out for you.
Yes, I would love to find the address of the boarding house my family (surname French) ran. If you could help, I would be most grateful!
Chad

New York, NY

#16 Jul 19, 2009
ivannaretire wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, I would love to find the address of the boarding house my family (surname French) ran. If you could help, I would be most grateful!
I will look into it on Thursday, the only day the WCHS is open. If I can find it I will let you know. Also, if it still stands, which I doubt, I'll get you a picture.

You can contact me at cawiggins78@yahoo.com
Barb

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Jul 22, 2009
Chad wrote:
Hello all!
I just relocated to Marion from Atlanta, GA. I am a paranormal investigator looking for others who would like to put together a group. You don't need experience, as I can teach you what I know. No one is an expert in the field, but we can all learn from each other. I am also interested and experienced in ITC, RTSC, and EVP work.
The majority of my work focuses on hauntings. If anyone knows of any active locations in the area, I would be most interested. I am at a loss for places to investigate in this area at this time.
I am also willing to help those with unwanted activity. Though the majority of my work involves documenting cases, I work with investigators from around the country to bring peace of mind to businesses and home owners experiencing activity. All investigations are free of charge and confidential.
You can read about some of the cases I was involved with while living in Georgia by checking out my former group at www.GeorgiaStateParanormal.com
I have two upcoming investigations in Franklin, TN. I would like to find one or two people to participate if possible. Sensitives are encouraged to take part, as are history buffs, researchers, and other interested parties. Thrill-seekers tend to weed themselves out quickly, as there is nothing thrilling about sitting for hours on end with no activity :)
I hope to hear from some interested parties soon.
Chad
Thanks,
Chad
My daughter and I are extremely interested in paranormal investigations, and would welcome the opportunity to speak with you. Please email us at a56filam@aol.com anytime.
linda

United States

#18 Aug 16, 2009
hi chad
my sister and i are interested in paranormal investigations we have lived in this area for most of our lives and would be glad to share information with you look forward to hear from you email me at lngrant5057@msn.com
dontlivethereany more

Las Vegas, NV

#19 Nov 6, 2009
During the 1990s I lived two blocks from Market street in Marion in a small house on Mechanic street. I was a single mother with a 3/4 year old daughter. Strange things happened in the house. I don't get the feeling it was a bad "spirit", but definitely something was going on. My daughter had an imaginary friend her age. She said she played in her room with her and she would talk to her all the time. She still remembers her.
For about a year, my daughter wouldn't sleep in her room, she came to my bed in the middle of the night every night. I kept trying to get her to sleep in her own room, but she wouldn't. I had to get up early every day for work and needed my sleep, so one night after months of sleep depravation I got upset when she came in and I sternly took her back to her room and told her to get in bed and stay there. I shut the door and wouldn't let her out. At that moment the street light outside my bedroom instantly went pitch black. It was a calm warm night, no storms. It was very creepy and I "got the message" so I grabbed her and said ok you can sleep with me. We laid down on my bed and the light gradually came back on and lit the house.
Then soon after in the middle of the night a doll in my daughter's closet started laughing...woke me from a sound sleep...very creepy. It was the kind of doll you had to push the hand and it would giggle. I heard the noise coming from her room, went in and turned on the light, then opened the closet door and the doll was just laying there on top of other toys laughing repeatedly. I threw the doll out and about 2 weeks later, a stuffed Barney that could talked started talking in the middle of the night. You had to pull a string, and the string wasn't being pulled.
I wonder if the Potter children may have played at my house, since it was only a couple blocks away...any one have info on 1001 S. Mechanic St??
Michael2559

Dubuque, IA

#20 Nov 7, 2009
That red brick house was up for sale all most 20 years ago, I was a contractor in Marion and I was asked to inspect that house for a interested buyer. I inspected it and saw it was in the most part good condition, I looked it over from the bottom up, I never felt or heard anything in that house my self.
LisaAnne

San José, Costa Rica

#21 Nov 8, 2009
dontlivethereanymore,
1001 S. Mechanic St. is much farther away than a couple of blocks, from 807 N. Market St. The home that the Potter's lived in in no longer standing.
It was across the street from Mitchell's Funeral Home. South Market is over there by the Marion Library.
Anyways, I still find your info about 1001 S. Mechanic St. interesting...the doll & stuffed animals doing that would've freaked me out!
A friend of mine used to live in a haunted house over by Longfellow school & he said that every night that his toys would be moved around when he was a boy AND the almost the same as you about the street light...it would go out & then when it came back on, the toys were noticeably moved, puzzles out & put together, Etc. So Creepy!

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