Paranormal Underground Radio: Sylvia Shults - Author of 44 Years in Darkness: A True Story of Madness, Tragedy, and Shattered Love

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In this episode of Paranormal Underground Radio: In The Dark, we talk with Sylvia Shults, author of 44 Years in Darkness: A True Story of Madness, Tragedy and Shattered Love. This new book focuses on one of the patients at Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois -- a woman whose spirit still roams the rounds of the abandoned asylum. 

Sylvia has been a paranormal investigator for several years. She began her career as a ghost hunter as a result of doing the research for her nonfiction book Ghosts of the Illinois River (Quixote Press, 2010). Her fascination with ghosts dates back to her childhood, as she is an avid reader who was raised on Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

A few years ago, Sylvia was inspired to write a collection of people’s supernatural experiences at the Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois. This project quickly swelled into Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital. The book incorporates the history of the asylum, as well as the many ghost stories that have arisen out of the asylum’s abandonment. In an effort to separate fact from fiction, Sylvia thoroughly explores the true history of the hospital.

Air Date: October 6, 2016

Topic: Paranormal Phenomena, Paranormal Research, Haunted Asylum, Peoria State Hospital

Guest: Sylvia Shults

Correspondent Segment: Krystle Vermes and Manny Veiga

Hosts: Karen Frazier and Chuck Gotski

Producer: Cheryl Knight-Wilson