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'Milwaukee Ghosts And Legends' Features Famous Local Spirits

Scary stories are a classic part of childhood. A whistling wind or a bump in the night, heighten the drama of these tales and keep listeners coming back for more.

Like a lot of kids, Anna Lardinois loved these stories, but unlike a lot of adults, she’s made her living through telling them. Lardinois is the founder of Gothic Milwaukee, through which she gives haunted, historical walking tours of the city.

She’s also the author of "Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends,which looks at some of the city's most famous spirits. Lardinois says there are some common elements that connect ghost stories of all kinds. 

"There are definitely reoccurring themes, and I think it’s because at the heart of all ghost stories it’s a human story," she says. 

Joy Powers is a WUWM host and producer for Lake Effect.