Lafayette history gets "Eerie"

Around this time, many stories of ghosts and goblins are told to get you in the Halloween spirit. But what if some of these stories were in your own backyard?

Posted: Oct. 27, 2017 4:28 PM
Updated: Oct. 29, 2017 9:23 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Around this time, many stories of ghosts and goblins are told to get you in the Halloween spirit. But what if some of these stories were in your own backyard?

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We caught up with the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and learned more about two of the eeriest stories from our area.

On Monday, we'll take you back to Jan. 12, 1856, when three men were publicly executed outside the Tippecanoe County Courthouse in the first - and last -hanging in the county.

People flocked to the courthouse out of morbid curiosity to witness a gruesome spectacle.  And you can still see the effects of the hanging today.

Then on Tuesday, we take you to 1876, to the day a man checked into old Lahr House – and cut off his own head. Why some say, he still haunts the Lahr.

"Any man who would do that to himself probably wasn't happy in life, probably wouldn't be happy in death," said Van Sherry, a volunteer researcher TCHA.

Hear the first story in the two-part series, Eerie Lafayette.  The Tippecanoe County triple execution of Jan. 12, 1856, Monday on News 18 This Morning.

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