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Sylvania's murderous past revealed in PBS documentary
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Is it real, or just another legend?

With the pilot premier on October 22, Ohio's greatest ghost story can finally be told!
"Legends of the Heartland: The Life and Crimes of Return Ward, vol 1" presented by WGTE Public Media


Five different locations and multiple eye-witnesses believe downtown Sylvania, Ohio is being haunted by the spirits of a serial killer and his final victim, his wife!

Produced and Directed by Christopher Tillman and Sarah Chelten,  a Haunted Toledo documentary presented by WGTE Public Media.

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The show's title may not appear in some published cable listings, due to the late addition to Thursday night's line up. 
The schedule you see elsewhere may be incorrect, but the show will be on TV.

Additional Showings
If you missed the debut on October 22, you can still catch the Legends of the Heartland episode that features Sylvania, tune in at these dates/times:

  • Friday October 23, 2020; 2:10 a.m.

  • Friday October 23, 2020; 1:10 p.m.

  • Sunday October 25, 2020; 12:10 a.m. 

  • Sunday October 25, 2020; 10:10 a.m.

June 12, 1857. Return Ward, a man who many believe is Ohio's first serial killer, was hanged for his crimes at the Lucas County courthouse in downtown Toledo, Ohio. He was a brutal man who committed brutal crimes, and many believe his evil still resonates to this day.


The pilot episode of Haunted Toledo's upcoming TV series, "Legends of the Heartland," will take you on a journey through murderous history and bone-chilling claims of the paranormal that will leave you believing a 19th Century horror still holds a downtown suburban city in its icy grip.


This is the greatest ghost story you'll ever hear, and every bit of it is true!

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