Friday, April 23, 2010
The Ghosts of Lincoln Park
Slightly to the side of this and directly across from each other, sit two of Chicago's most famous haunts. The first is the Biograph Theater. It is the oldest movie theater in Chicago and is still a functional theater. Today it shows independent films and plays. Tongiht's show is the Lost Boy's of the Sudan.
The Theater is most famous for it's association with the famous public enemy John Dillinger. It was in front of this theater that John Dillinger was shot next to the notorious and trecherous lady in red. Of course, there are many that believe Dillinger wasn't shot here, but that it was an elaborate set up. They believe Dillinger set up a two bit hood who looked a lot like him to take the fall for him. This hood's name was James Lawrence. Those that support this theory say that there were many physical differences between the two that were noticed at the autopsy. Most Historians maintian that it was Dillinger that was shot. They point out that Dillinger had little to no willpower and was a chronic criminal his entire life. He would have popped back up somewhere if he had lived. He certainly would have returned her his much loved girlfriend if nothing else. They also argue that despite the small differences, many people who examined the corpse identified it a Dillinger.
It is said that Dillinger's (or Lawrence's) ghost still haunts the Biograph and the alley behind the Biograph. I was able to sneak a peak inside the theater and it has been completely renovated and is very modern. I didn't see any ghosts, but I certainly felt uneasy (maybe because I snuck in). The alley beside the Biograph is boarded up now and a look behind the boards reveals a disgusting, trash filled gutter that I think even ghosts would be afraid to tread.