Tales From the Graveyard . . .
The Spooky Cemetery: Eastern Cemetery, Portland, Maine
During the War of 1812, the U.S. captured the ship HMS Boxer from England. The captain of Boxer, named Samuel Blyth, died during the attack. So did the U.S. Commander who led the attack against him, William Burrows. The two enemies were buried side by side in the Eastern Cemetery of Portland, Maine in 1813. But some things even death cannot finish. It is said that their spirits still do not get along. Their ghosts rise from their graves each night and yell at each other. Maybe they’re arguing about who is the better commander. But we’ll most likely never know because they disappear into the night …whenever the living appear.
The Spooky Curse: The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb
Ever since the Ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in 1922 in Egypt, stories say that those who dared to enter his tomb would be terribly cursed with bad luck, illness, or even death. The English Lord Carnarvon, who funded King Tut’s excavation, died in Cairo, Egypt five months after the tomb was discovered. Rumors say that on the night he died, Carnarvon’s dog in England let out a howl and died herself. Many other members of the archaeological team also perished. Whether or not the deaths were related to scientific reasons like bacteria, mosquito infections, natural causes … or King Tut’s curse remain to be proven.
The Spooky Voodoo Queen: Marie Laveau
A 200-year-old cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana houses the tomb of the mysterious “Voodoo Priestess” Marie Laveau, who lived from 1794-1881. It was said her mystical powers mixed Catholic Saints with African Spirits and could heal or cause harm. She became one of the most powerful, influential, and feared women in Louisiana. Some people now believe that Laveau’s ghost will grant them a wish if they draw an X on her tomb, turn around three times, knock on the tomb, and yell out their wish. If the wish comes true, they have to return to the tomb, circle their X, and leave Laveau an offering. If you visit her grave today, you’ll notice many offerings, candles, flowers, and Voodoo dolls, all in thanks for Laveau’s supernatural blessings. She is buried at St. Louis Cemetery #1 in New Orleans, which is believed to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in America.
The Haunted Burial: Rufina Cambaceres
The Cementario de la Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was meant to house the rich and famous, such as the young girl named Rufina Cambaceres. In 1902, Rufina was buried alive after she was mistakenly pronounced dead! Once her body was found trying to escape her tomb, her father redesigned her tomb to resemble his daughter trying to escape it. It’s now believed that Rufina haunts the place and goes around digging up other graves in order to make sure that no one is buried alive.
After reading these spooky, and possibly true stories, tell us . . . are you afraid of graveyards?