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The Devil Baby of Hull House
Origin: United States
The Hull House was built in 1856 in, what was then considered the fashionable part of the city of Chicago, Illinois, US. Left abandoned after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, it stood alone for quite awhile.
Then along came Jane Addams, a woman known as an activist and social reformer. She bought the house in 1889, the area was now a place overrun by poverty and crime, it was here that many newly arrived immigrants made their homes. Addams wanted to help the immigrants achieve a better life, the Hull House was a place to seek shelter, education, English classes, food, and a place for children to stay while their parents worked long hours. Today, only the original house stands.
There’s a lot of theories of how the demonic baby came into this world. But the most famous one says that when a good Catholic woman was pregnant and put up an image of the Virgin Mary in her kitchen, her atheist husband threw it down and proclaimed that he would rather have the devil himself living there than to have that image up. (Which I think this one is a bit far-fetched but whatever.)
Her husband got his wish and his wife gave birth to a red scaly, horned, tailed child, giving a new definition to “a face only a mother can love.” However, the baby was given away to Jane Addams, after the parents begged and pleaded with her to take it. She agreed and took the child to get baptized, when the priest attempted to baptize it, the baby jumped out of Addams’ arms and began running around and screaming.
People started hearing whispers of a demonic child living in the Hull House and started showing up, some with cash in their hands and others just plain demanded to see it. To her death, Jane Addams denied the existence of such a child, but that didn’t stop others from believing.
Some claimed to have seen it in the attic’s windows, glaring down at them. Some people even to this day claim see the child, saying that the demon baby wasted away in the attic, being closed off from the world and that it’s ghost still haunts the house. Either way, the story and house received much attention from this, sources even say that the horror film, Rosemary’s Baby, a movie about a woman having the devil’s child, is based off Hull House’s legendary and permanent resident.