Episode 114: The Francis Leavy Handprint

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100 years ago, a Chicago firefighter named Francis Leavy leaned against a window and declared, “Today is the day I am going to die.” That same evening Francis was killed when a burning building collapsed on him; However, his ghostly handprint remained on the window, unable to be removed by any means for decades. How did Francis know he was going to die that day? Why did the handprint remain? One thing we know for sure is that Francis died a hero, but remains a legend. Listen as Nat tells Aly the story of the Francis Leavy Handprint and all the theories that attempt to explain what happened!

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SOURCES:

Ghostly Handprint of Firefighter Francis Leavy

The Handprint of Frank Leavy – fact or fiction? (part 1?)


https://www.fsi.illinois.edu/content/library/IFLODD/search/firefighter_detail.cfm?ff_id=124

https://myhauntedsalem.tumblr.com/post/190303725522/firefighters-ghostly-handprint-francis-leavy-a


https://www.wbez.org/stories/a-halloween-story-the-mystery-of-the-ghostly-handprint/c56632a7-ce89-46ae-a4ae-f61c019aa97c

Episode 55 – The Handprint

The dead firefighter Francis Leavy’s ghostly handprint remains an unsolved mystery


Death and Remembrance (4-18-1924)
https://kisselpaso.com/8-good-friday-superstitions/
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/good-friday-superstition-easter-explained-b2058749.html
https://www.fbi.gov/history/brief-history/the-fbi-and-the-american-gangster

AROUND THE FIRE SERVICE–1920-1929


https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/museum-holy-souls-purgatory