On a deeply ghostly episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — scintillating paranormal talk Thursdays 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we welcome historian and author William Krejci to talk Cleveland’s notorious Haunted Franklin Castle and the fascinating intersection of the paranormal and historical in Northeast Ohio in general. William joins us at 10pE; at 9pE Joel and Eric review the latest paranormal headlines from the America’s Most Haunted Twitter feed.
Haunted Franklin Castle
For more than half a century the Franklin Castle’s dark façade has lured curiosity seekers from around the world. Behind its iron gates, this Victorian-era structure harbors rumors of everything from insanity to mass murder. Disembodied voices echo from empty rooms, doors open and close of their own accord and cold spots drift about the manse. Witnesses swear to sightings of a woman in black and a young girl in white, believed to be the ghostly apparitions of the wife and daughter of the original owner, Hannes Tiedemann.
Using previously unpublished photographs, interviews, family accounts, floor plans and nearly forty years of research, authors William G. Krejci and John W. Myers finally reveal the true and definitive history of Cleveland’s notorious Franklin Castle.
William G. Krejci was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1975 and raised in the neighboring suburb of Avon Lake. With an interest in local history, he spends much of his time debunking urban legends of northern Ohio and works as a seasonal park ranger at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay, Ohio. During the off season, he resides in Cleveland as the resident historian at the Franklin Castle. He is the author of Buried Beneath Cleveland: Lost Cemeteries of Cuyahoga County (The History Press, 2015) Haunted Put-in-Bay (The History Press, 2017) and the co-author of Haunted Franklin Castle (The History Press 2017). He is also the author of the Jack Sullivan Mysteries and has been a guest speaker at many various local historical societies, libraries, bookstores, public venues and civic groups. He’s appeared as a guest on the SyFy Channel’s original series Ghost Hunters and has been featured on many local television and radio programs. He studied video production, film and screenplay writing at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. In his free time, he sings and plays guitar in an Irish band.