Below, read about ten of the world’s most haunted cemeteries! There are lots of places where spirits can lurk: old houses, former battlegrounds, or abandoned hospitals. However, cemeteries are simply crawling with paranormal activity.
10. Union Cemetery, Easton, Connecticut, United States
The “white lady” is a common fixture in ghost stories, and she got her start at this haunted cemetery in Connecticut. Her legend is so pervasive that paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren spent a great deal of time investigating her haunting grounds, even writing a book about their experiences.
The white lady is one of the most photographed spirits around; unlike most ghosts, she doesn’t seem to be camera shy. Her flowy white gown and long black hair are well documented. Her story, however, is more mysterious. She may be a mother in search of her lost child, an unnamed murder victim, or even a homicidal wife. Despite the frequent sightings, no one has been able to solve her mystery.
The white lady is a bit of a prankster. Her favorite past-time is standing in the middle of the road near the cemetery and getting “hit” by cars. The shaken drivers emerge from their vehicles and find no trace of her. She has also been spotted floating around the cemetery.
9. Resurrection Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois, United States
The ghost of Resurrection Cemetery, known as Resurrection Mary, is the basis of numerous urban legends. You know the story: a driver picks up a hitchhiker late at night. She’s always young and beautiful. She asks to be dropped at the gates of the cemetery, then vanishes.
Resurrection Mary is believed to be the spirit of Anna Marija Norkus. In 1927, she met her end in a car accident near the cemetery. For a while, she was spotted every few years, typically asking for rides from unsuspecting drivers, but sometimes being “hit” when drivers didn’t stop for her. The last sighting was in 1989.
One driver who encountered Mary tells a slightly different tale. He picked her up in 1976. After dropping her at the cemetery, he watched her approach the cemetery gates. She attempted to open them and her grip left burn marks on the iron bars. She then disappeared. The burn marks were documented by cemetery caretakers the next day.
8. Highgate Cemetery, London, England
Highgate Cemetery has the perfect ambiance for a haunting. Once well-maintained, it has become overgrown and eerie in more recent years. It has been used in numerous horror films, which made the cemetery famous among paranormal aficionados. The place’s newfound fame also stirred up stories of supernatural activity.
This cemetery’s resident spook is known as the Highgate Vampire. The vampire had been seen hovering over the graves of the cemetery, leading to an extensive paranoia in the late 1960s. Vampire hunters swarmed the cemetery, breaking open graves and driving stakes through the hearts of the corpses they found there. In spite of these efforts, the vampire remained. In 1970, the fever reached its peak when two magicians competed with each other to kill the Highgate Vampire. Instead, the cemetery was swarmed with amateur vampire hunters, resulting in several arrests.
Today, the vampire’s haunting grounds are closed off and only open to guided tours. However, locals still believe the Highgate Vampire haunts the graves each night.
7. Howard Street Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Most Americans associate the city of Salem, Massachusetts with the gruesome witch trials that took place there in the late 1600s. In recent years, the city has become a Halloween mecca. While there are numerous spots in the city where ghosts have been spotted, the Howard Street Cemetery is certainly the spookiest locale.
Howard Street’s resident spirit goes by the name of Giles Corey. Corey was a local landowner accused of being a warlock during the witch trials. Many believe he was falsely accused so others could take over his land. He maintained his innocence but was sentenced to be crushed to death with rocks. Throughout the painful ordeal, he was repeatedly asked to confess, but simply responded, “More weight.” His death took agonizing several days. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Howard Street Cemetery, where he still lingers, seeking vengeance. His spirit is most commonly seen shortly before or after a local tragedy. He is also said to have cursed the town’s sheriffs, many of whom have died in office or encountered severe health problems.
Corey’s unfriendly ghost is just one of the spooks to haunt the Witch City, but he is definitely the most dangerous.
6. Stull Cemetery, Lecompton, Kansas, United States
Stull Cemetery may be tucked away in an unassuming corner of the midwestern United States, but its legend is worldwide. This cemetery is believed to be one of the world’s gateways into hell itself. There are many legends surrounding the place involving occult rituals and human sacrifice. It’s said that Satan himself visits the cemetery yearly, and many fans of the occult visit in hopes of catching a glimpse of Lucifer.
The history of Stull Cemetery revolves primarily around a large tree that used to grace its grounds. It is said that the tree was used to hang suspected witches and that their spirits have lingered on the boneyard’s grounds to be of service to Lucifer. It is also said that Satan’s own child may be buried there.
One of the primary ways in which Stull’s spirits make themselves known is through burning rings in the ground that flare up without cause. Stull’s hauntings have become so famous that it has been declared off-limits to visitors.
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