Throwback Thursday – Unseen Bowling Green: Murder Mansion

Throwback Thursday has featured stories on the Unseen Bowling Green haunted tours offered during the spooky fall season over the past few years. Each year, the walking tour includes new stories of local lore and unusual events. This year’s Unseen Bowling Green tour focuses on the Murder Mansion and Fairview Cemetery, with tales of Bowling Green’s heinous double homicide in 1948.

Without giving away too many details, we’ll share the premise of the spine tingling stories with viewers. Extensive research was conducted by local historian Wes Swietek, whose book on the Murder Mansion killings is being published this month. 

Based on the tale, we go back in time just over 70 years, when Bowling Green was booming after WWII ended. Young 25-year-old Harry Edward Kilgore of Glasgow was in college and suffering the pain of heartbreak. On a summertime June morning, in a twisted turn of events, he killed a prominent local pair, the parents of his former lover’s new beau.

The Murder Mansion walking tour begins in Kereiakes Park, winds its way through Fairview Cemetery, and ends on the front lawn of the Murder Mansion. The tour is about one and a half miles long, and tours are held on weekends. The Unseen Bowling Green tours are considered family-friendly, but parents are urged to consider the subject matter at their own discretion.The Unseen Bowling Green tours are operated from the Historic Railpark & Train Museum. Call the museum directly to inquire about tickets remaining and tour times. Watch for the release of the new book, The Cemetery Road Murders, this month.