Friday, June 08, 2012

Richard T. Crowe is Dead, "Chicago's preeminent ghost hunter" passes on - His ad is located on the right side of my blog


Richard T. Crowe, life-long Chicago historian and founder of Chicago's first ghost tour company, passed away yesterday from pancreatic cancer. This information came as a result of a facebook posting by Joann Crowe and I first read about it in a posting by friend and ghost tour guide, Adam Selzer on Chicago's Unbelievable.

At first I couldn't believe it since Richard had a scheduled Desplaines Valley Ghost Tour scheduled for this Sunday, July 10th. Sadly I did confirm the information with the Modell Funeral Home who will be handling arrangements.

I have been a fan of Chicago ghostlore for as long as I can remember and if you grew up in or near Chicago then ghostlore was synonymous with Richard Crowe. Hearing him on the radio or seeing him on television talking about not only famous Chicago ghosts like Resurrection Mary or Clarence Darrow but also Chicago gangster lore solidified my addiction to the fabulous history of the Second City.

Richard grew up on the South Side of Chicago going to Visitation grammar school, three years at Quigley South Preparatory Seminary and his senior year in high school at Gage Park H.S..

He earned both a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from De Paul University. He was a teacher at Lourdes High School for a short time before landing a position as a city planner at City Hall in Chicago.

Richard's first tour was on October 27, 1973 and was a sell-out. By mid -1979 he had left his position at City Hall and was doing Supernatural Tours full time and he never looked back.

I treasure my copy of Richard's, "Chicago's Street Guide to the Supernatural" which he so kindly signed for me, "To Ray..Good Ghost Hunting! R.T.Crowe" We will miss you and hope to see you on the other side someday.

Funeral services for Richard T. Crowe are as follows...wake will be from 3-9 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2012, at Modell Funeral Home, 5725 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60629 (1-773-767-4730). Funeral will be Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 9 a.m. from the funeral home to St. Patricia Church, 9050 S. 86th Avenue, Hickory Hills, IL 60457. Interment, of course, will be at Resurrection Cemetery.

By Ray Johnson, Thursday at 7:11 pm

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

.....At first I couldn't believe it since Richard had a scheduled Desplaines Valley Ghost Tour scheduled for this Sunday, July 10th. Sadly I did confirm the information with the Modell Funeral Home who will be handling arrangements.....


What will be Amazing is if he shows up to give that tour!

Svengoolie

Anonymous said...

This guy was the best story teller ever! Over the years Richard did some great radio shows I always wanted to go on one of his tours but never did I regret it now.

Anonymous said...

RIP Mr Crowe. Lefty know will have to take on additional duties. Ghost chaser, commie, and father flacky confidant...

Anonymous said...

That's a shame. Richard was a regular at the "Civil War Table' in Alsip. One of kind.

He never talked of his illness. Prayers for him and hisfamily.

Anonymous said...

Another part of Chicago gone, a sad day. Loved listening to him tell stories on Eddie Schwartz's show on WIND years ago.

Anonymous said...

Richard was a great guide. His tours were the best. He will be missed. RIP Mr. Crowe

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine a grown man or any adult believing in fucking ghosts?

I always liked listening to him on Steve and Garry..but come on!

Anonymous said...

rest in peace, sir.

Mt Greenwood Hillbilly said...

He was a great story teller, but that's all this ghost story stuff was. His tours were just a ruse to fill seats at the Billy Goat.

Anonymous said...

BOO

Anonymous said...

ghosts are around , resurrection mary , bachelor grove , i've seen them , they're real.

I Voted For Obama said...

Richard Crowe will vote for Mitt Romney.....He will be back!

Anonymous said...

Mr Crowe was a book salesman in 1971-72 on his way to Leo H.S. when he came upon a Traffic/CPD 3 wheel man down on the ground at 79 & Elizabeth with two mutts pummeling him and trying to disarm him. He got out of his car alone and tried to pull the two off the officer. They disarmed the officer and hearing sirens got away. Crowe stayed and rendered assisstance to the PO and later was a great witness in the prosecution of the two when they were arrested. The PO Charlie Burns (RIP) later told me many times that Crowe saved his life. God Bless Richard Crowe.

189/ret

Anonymous said...

BOO! HOO

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
RIP Mr Crowe. Lefty know will have to take on additional duties. Ghost chaser, commie, and father flacky confidant...
June 8, 2012 2:20 AM


First met Mr. Crowe many, many years ago, although have not spoken to him for a bit. He was a very nice man.

I would be glad to take his spot, although the tour would include famous leftist sites. These would include Chicago Communist Party headquarters (present and past sites); Socialist Workers Party h.q. (past and present) and the Republic Steel Police Massacre site.

Would also visit the house Father Pfleger grew up in the Wrightwood neighborhood; his first assignment on the West Side and the headquarters of the Catholic Workers movement.

"leftisthebest"

Anonymous said...

Eddie Schwartz? Steve and Garry? That's some old stuff there. Steve was entertaining when I was a kid, I was amenable to his leftist notions and silliness. I believe I heard this guy on the radio a few times, it was entertaining.

Steve guest hosts with Roe Conn sometimes and he still hasn't grown up or changed his stupid leftist notions. Steve is very annoying. I used to listen to Howard Stern and one day, I just got sick of how juvenile and stupid he was. I guess I have become an old man. But it's OK, some of us have to grow up so you nitwits can still live in your parents basements.

Anonymous said...

went on a tour with Richard a few yrs back and had a great discussion with him about the ghosts of Gettysburg and showed him photos i took that had small orbs in photos taken at scene of Picketts charge, he explained they were souls that did not pass over yet, hope you pass over soon Rich, you were a great tour guide,old rtd revolver guy CPD.

Anonymous said...

went on a tour with Richard a few yrs back and had a great discussion with him about the ghosts of Gettysburg and showed him photos i took that had small orbs in photos taken at scene of Picketts charge, he explained they were souls that did not pass over yet, hope you pass over soon Rich, you were a great tour guide,old rtd revolver guy CPD.

Anonymous said...

Mt. Greenwood = Totally Haunted. Agg. School burial Grounds are the scene of numerous apparitions, which can be clearly seen at night with those Blue Sunglasses that they sell to make your lost golf balls stand out on the grass so you can find them at the golf course.
Strange occurrances and unexplained traffic crashes on Pulaski between 107th and 111 th. It is like the Burmuda Triangle. Building basements in the near vicinity are haunted, and strange phenomena reported by locals. this is no joke, it has been prophacized. Strange things happen when you are surrounded by old buriel grounds and Cemetaries. Ask anyone who's lived near a Cemetary/Battlefield where many have died, etc. for awhile and they will tell you about strange unexplainable things.
RIP Richard

Anonymous said...

10:51am..You need to go talk to a mental health professional if you really think you saw a ghost. Did you ever see Bigfoot or Nessie or a UFO or an alien?

That shit is about as real as god...or jesus!

Anonymous said...

We will miss Richard so much.

I am sure he wiil be around as a GHOST. Watch out.

RIP RICHARD CROWE

Caroline

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. I never heard this story.

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna miss the ol crow

Anonymous said...

What a fat Irish pig!

Anonymous said...

Like him or despise him, he is now gone!

RIP Richard Crowe

May St Michael guide you home!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
What a fat Irish pig!

June 8, 2012 10:29 PM
you really are a douchebag. You insult a guy who took risked his personal safety to help a fellow officer fighting for his life, officer said he saved his life and that's what you come up with. With a little luck you'll be in the same situation and the fat irish pig wont take the time to help a jag off like you. don't worry no bagpipes at your funeral or anyone else for that matter. you are the poster child for retro active abortion.

joany said...

Thanks, Shaved, for the kind words about Richard. He greatly enjoyed your blog and appreciated the subtle iniquities of cop humor. Lock and load, RTC!

joany said...

Thanks, Shaved, for the kind words about Richard. He enjoyed the blog and appreciated the subtle iniquities of cop humor. Lock and load, RTC!

joany said...

Thanks, Shaved, for the kind words about Richard. He greatly enjoyed the blog, and the subtle iniquities of cop humor. Lock and load, RTC!

joany said...

Thanks, Shaved, for the kind thoughts about Richard. He enjoyed the blog and appreciated the subtle iniquities of cop humor. Lock and load, RTC!

Anonymous said...

RIP, Richard, you're a good man , God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Richard, you were the best...loved listening to you on All Hallows Eve, as you, and those who called in to the radio shows, told the stories that we wanted to hear. I called a few times myself, and you called me back afterward to get the info on a story I called in. For those of you who don't believe in ghost stories, listen up...

In 1946, My husband's uncle rented out the the old garage on Clark Street where the St Valentine's Day massacre occurred. He owned a heating company and housed his business in this building. My husband was 14 at the time, and one night he accompanied one of his uncles to the garage. His uncle was the custodian for the building and asked my husband to sit in the building, while he cleaned the place. So, while his uncle was cleaning up, my husband was sitting by the old switchboard that was left as a remnant of the old days, and was fooling around with the wires and keys to pass the time.

The layout of the inside of the building is as follows: On the first floor there were a couple of wooden desks, the old switchboard, and a wooden half-fence that stretched across the width of this room, with a wooden half-door that swung as you passed throuh it. The upper floor was nothing more than a cat-walk around the edge of the building, where my husband's uncle stored sheet metal for his business. On the first floor of this building was a cement floor on the other side of the wooden fence with the swinging half door, and a concrete staircase leading up to the cat-walk...a hanging light bulb hung from the ceiling above the bottom of the staircase.

On this particular night, as my husband was fooling around with the old switchboard, as he waited for his uncle to finish cleaning up, he heard footsteps up in the cat-walk. And then he heard these footsteps coming down the concrete staircase right in front of him. At first he thought it was his uncle fooling around. And then while he stared straight ahead and saw no one coming down the stairs, the footsteps walked up to the wooden half-gate, and the half-gate swung open..and then swung back a few times. My husband turned around and flew over the wooden desks behind him, and ran out the door and sat in the car. When his cousin finished his work and returned to the car afterward, my husband told him what happened. His cousin confessed that stuff like that happened often at night, and that was why his uncle asked him to come along that particular night..it was getting too scary.

During the war years, 1942, 1943 my husband's grandmother would come to the warehouse at night to use the long work tables on the first floor for wrapping up care packages to send to her other two sons who were fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, as it turned out. My husband told me that she would sometimes ask her son, who was renting the garage, if his sheet metal workers were working late that night on the cat-walk, because you could "hear people walking around the cat-walk". His uncle would always say, "yeah Ma, the men are working tonight." And of course, ther was no one working up in the cat-walk at night. Only the ghosts of the dead bad guys, who lost their lives at the hands of Capone's thugs, walked that cat-walk at night, But, Grandma never was told the truth.

Today, the old garage on Clark Street was leveled, and a park is located there instead. Dogs are known to bark as they pass the fenced park area at night. and my husband defintely knows why.

I Voted For Obama said...

Only 11 days after he found out he had cancer. Wow.

Anonymous said...

Life isn't as simple as you think. Grown ass man here. Seen 'em.