Small-Town Lore Takes Center Stage in 'Haunting in the Heartland'

Steve Shippy visits Midwestern towns that have been traumatized by paranormal lore for generations. Catch the premiere Friday, Feb. 21 at 10|9c.

January 21, 2020
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Why do so many communities across America have stories of unexplained paranormal experiences that, through word-of-mouth and consistency, turn into lore? In the new series, Haunting in the Heartland, paranormal investigator and documentarian Steve Shippy visits Midwestern towns that have been traumatized by similar tales for generations.

Shippy, who lived in a rural Michigan “creepy house on the corner,” uses his own personal experiences to make intimate connections with the families who’ve reached out to him for help. He then puts the puzzle pieces together to identify and decipher the larger mystery of the town’s haunting.

“Growing up in a haunted house in a small Midwestern town, I understand the isolation of the experience, and it was only when others in town started to have similar experiences that I realized I wasn’t alone,” Shippy says. “Like my documentaries, working on this show is truly my life’s work. These small towns have a bigger story to tell, and in order to find the resolution these families need now, we need to piece together their past.”

In each of the six one-hour episodes, Shippy visits a different location, including Merrill, Michigan, Atchison, Kansas, and Malvern, Iowa; in search of a peaceful resolution to whatever mysterious paranormal presence is plaguing the area. Will these close-knit communities find closure with his help?

The all-new series premieres Friday, Feb. 21 at 10|9c. Keep up-to-date with all the latest Travel Channel news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and follow the hashtag #HauntingInTheHeartland.

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