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The main story associated with the hospital concerns the unusual circumstances surrounding the death of one of the patients, A. Bookbinder. Dr. Zeller assigned Bookbinder to the hospital’s burial corps, and he performed his job admirably. Old Book, as he was sometimes called, mourned the passing of each and every person he helped inter in the cemetery. When Bookbinder died, Dr. Zeller wrote that four hundred staff and patients observed his ghost mourning at his own funeral just as he had for countless others while he was alive. They even opened the coffin to confirm that Old Book was really dead. His corpse was securely inside.

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The building - which once was called the Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane - is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays year-round.
Tours of the building - which was constructed in 1898 and opened in 1902 - are being hosted on Friday and Saturday nights. Two one-hour historic tours start at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., two 150-minute paranormal ghost tours start at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., and overnight tours run from midnight to 6 a.m.
On overnight tours, patrons roam the 50,000-square-foot building searching for ghost activity. Tour guides are stationed on each floor.
- For over a decade, Michael Kleen, author of Paranormal Illinois and Tales of Coles County, has researched and traveled to mystery spots all over the Prairie State. Now, he has created an organized and comprehensive guide to haunted and legendary places in Illinois. Haunting Illinois is that guide. This new edition of Haunting Illinois contains a listing of 260 mystery sites, with more than 120 photos and illustrations. Divided into eight distinct regions and listed by county and town or neighborhood, each location features a description, directions, and sources drawn from a wide variety of books, articles, and websites. In his introduction, Michael traces the history of legend tripping in Illinois, from the boys who chased after the Diamond Island Phantom in 1885, to the paranormal investigation teams and tours of today. Haunting Illinois challenges you to get off the couch and start exploring our wonderful state of Illinois. You might be surprised at what you discover!

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