Kathi Kresol

Kathi Kresol has been researching the history of Northern Illinois for almost two decades.  She has published two solo books “Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois” and Haunted Rockford, Illinois”.  Kathi has also collaborated with other local authors to share several short articles in four books featuring compilations of Rockford authors.

Kathi loves to share the stories she researches in presentations for local organizations and the Haunted Rockford Events.  The local newspaper, Rock River Times has shared Kathi’s stories for several years.  The  column “Voices from the Grave”  has allowed Kathi to share her passion for history with a larger part of Rockford’s Community.  She is always honored when someone mentions reading one of her stories.

Kathi’s main goal in sharing her stories, whether they are true crime, ghost stories, or local history is to honor the lives of the men, women and children who came before.  Some of the stories reflect a tragic moment in these peoples’ lives.  But Kathi also tries to show the courage that the survivor’s displayed as they move forward from the worst possible moment.  She also hopes that these stories illuminate the compassion that the folks of Rockford always have displayed to those who are suffering.

Kathi tries to weave the history and the legends together with personal experiences in sharing the ghost stories.  Her goal is not to convince anyone to believe in ghosts.  She invites folks to  read the stories with an open mind and decide for themselves whether these tales are just interesting legends that have been passed down or true ghostly encounters.  For maybe it is as Einstein once said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.”

Kathi’s main inspiration comes from her four remarkable children and “the guy who brings her coffee,” John. They all support her by allowing her to drag them to historical places, listening to the stories, helping her “look for dead guys”, and putting up with her absences when she disappears to research or write.


Rockford Buzz, an online source of all things Rockford, published an interview with Kathi Kresol on October 31, 2018.

“To uncover what makes local organizations tick , you must go back to their founder. Kathi Kresol is Haunted Rockford. She is the heart of the organization, and everything you see comes from her brain and her passion.
When I got to sit down with Kathi to discuss how Haunted Rockford came to be, she seemed to have an endless supply of stories to tell. Honestly, I could have sat there all day and listened to everything she had to say. The way she tells these stories with respect to the folks who have passed is admirable. They aren’t just things for her to tell and forget, each one stays with her and you can hear in her delivery that she truly cares. Whether they died of natural causes or were victim to terrible circumstance, it doesn’t change her demeanor. She wants to tell their stories and it allows them to live on. “