By Paula Hendrickson
What’s more appealing this time of year than ghost stories? Local ghost stories! Some area residents shared the legend of Bloods Point Road for a segment of FEARnet’s series, Streets of Fear.
While the episode debuted earlier this month, it is still viewable OnDemand as well as online at FEARnet.com: http://www.fearnet.com/shows/streets_of_fear/index.html.
(Full disclosure: I have an older Mac and kept getting a message saying the video was “unavailable at this time,” but the friendly folks at FEARnet were able to help me out.)
If you’ve never heard of Bloods Point Road, don’t feel bad. I’ve lived in Rockford my entire life and hadn’t heard of it. Turns out, it’s a road in the Cherry Valley area, where people have reported seeing strange things for a long time. The street name isn’t tied to actual blood. It’s derived from the family name of some early settlers who are directly tied to the legend discussed in the Bloods Point Road section of Streets of Fear. One reason you might not have heard about it is the street signs no longer show the full name, just the road’s initials.
The story of Bloods Point Road is told by three local sources: Mike Rutlin of the Forest City Paranormal Society, Michael Kleen of True Illinois Haunts, and Kathi Kresol, library assistant and founder of Haunted Rockford Tours. The segment itself is less than 5 minutes long, so why not take a few moments and check it out?
You can also view the Streets of Fear segment on the Forest City Paranormal Society’s site: http://www.forest-city-paranormal-society.com/. And Kleen has posted behind-the-scenes photos from the filming of the Streets of Fear segment on True Illinois Haunts’ site: http://trueillinoishaunts.com—if you click on the “interviews” tab, you’ll even find an interesting interview with Kresol.
For additional seasonal viewing, you might want to check out:
υ Monsters Vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space—A Halloween special the whole family can enjoy, voiced by Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogan and Hugh Laurie. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., NBC.
υ The Mentalist—Patrick Jane helps the CBI investigate a murder in a supposedly-haunted mansion. Thursday, Oct. 29, 9 p.m., CBS.
υ Medium—The former NBC drama airs its first-ever Halloween episode, and the 1968 classic horror film, Night of the Living Dead, becomes the backdrop for Allison’s (Patricia Arquette) prophetic dreams. Friday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m., CBS.
υ Night of the Living Dead—The original film. Saturday, Oct. 31, 7:15 p.m., AMC.
υ Ghost Adventures LIVE!—Watch a crew of TV paranormal investigators do their thing live on Halloween starting at 4 p.m., on Travel Channel.
υ Ghost Hunters—All Halloween evening. Syfy.
Paula Hendrickson is a regular contributor to Emmy magazine and Variety. Send in your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the October 28-November 3, 2009 issue