“The first stop on my Historic Ghost Tours of Naperville ghost walk tour is a doozy … the “Bloody Red Geranium” as it’s billed. The shadowy ghost of a tragic suicide has often been spotted by tour guests, standing and gazing out the windows of the now-empty former gift shop/art gallery and private home.
This photograph may have captured the shadowy form watching our ghost tour group. I’ve blown up the image as much as possible, but unfortunately the shadow is much harder to make out on the web site than it is in printed form. The photo was taken in black and white, which is helpful in distinguishing subtle shades of gray; otherwise the shadow might not have been spotted.
But if you look carefully at the closeup view, you might be able to make out a slender man’s form in a lighter shade of gray standing in the window. And since that particular window was left open to air the abandoned building, and the room inside is totally barren of furniture or anything else that might cast a shadow, then one wonders … what’s casting the shadow?!
Though the Red Geranium is empty, the property is privately owned. Yet people who have heard about the reported haunting have broken into the house to hunt the ghost. This is not only trespassing; it’s breaking and entering into a private home, which has severe penalties. The owners have installed a security system, and the last two people who have broken in were promptly arrested. Even climbing onto the porch and peering into the windows is illegal tresspassing. If people continue to trespass, the owners have warned me that I will be asked to remove the Red Geranium from my Historic Ghost Tours of Naperville.