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Murder at West Lodge

Ashton is famous for its annual World Conker Championship, as well as a horrific murder that is steeped in the local folklore and still to this day the subject of much speculation and discussion around dinner tables and in local drinking establishments. It was always thought that there may one day be a ‘deathbed confession’, but now that over 67 years have passed this is looking more and more unlikely.

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The Dardeen Family Murders

The name “Dardeen” resonates with the residents of Ina, Southern Illinois, who think back to a gruesome quadruple murder that took place in their sleepy hamlet in the late 1980s. Life in Ina was simple. There was a store, a gas station, a firehouse, a bank, a post office and little all else. But then in 1987, this settlement was rocked by a grisly murder that still remains unsolved today.

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Who Killed the Masked Marvel?

Shortly after 5PM on the 12th of September, 1943, a Sedan was spotted driving erratically and meandering through Washington Blvd., barely missing a telephone pole before crashing into a bean field near Thatcher Ave. A man emerged from the wreckage wearing just a pair of white swimming trunks. He was covered in blood and stumbled into the field before collapsing in the field.

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