One Wild Life ~ The Haunted Graveyard

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On our visit to Charleston, South Carolina, we visited the graveyard at St. Philips Church, considered one of the oldest graveyards in the country with gravestones dating back to 1695. Some trivia: a graveyard is located with a church on the grounds; a cemetery has no church on the grounds.

So this story is about Sue Howard Hardy, a woman in her late twenties (which was old by that time to not have children) who desperately wanted to have a baby. Well, she finally got pregnant, but gave birth on June 10, 1888, to a stillborn child. Her child, unnamed and unbaptized, was buried in an unmarked grave in the graveyard. Six days later, Sue passed away (maybe from complications from the birth, but no one is really sure). The grave was opened, Sue’s body was placed in it along with the child, a headstone was added that only listed Sue’s name.

But, here’s the haunted part: 99 years later, in 1987, on the day of that stillbirth, a local amateur photographer named Harry Reynolds snapped a picture of that headstone. In the negative, there’s a image of a translucent woman bending over the grave. He sent his camera along with the pictures and film to Kodak for testing & no one there could explain it. See the image here.

And here’s a fantastic short video about the haunting. It’s definitely worth your time if you’re into paranormal/creepy stuff. Haunted or a hoax? You’ll have to decide.

Have you started your Life List yet?

4 Responses to "One Wild Life ~ The Haunted Graveyard"
  1. Ooh! I like it. Thanks for sharing. That was awesome!
    You know, my latest book is a ghost story – so I get asked all the time whether I believe in them. I do. What I don’t do, however, is mess with them. I like to keep the creepy things at arms length. The ghosts are great when they’re in someone else’s graveyard, backyard or guest room. You know?
    I really don’t want to find out if it’s a hoax or not. Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, etc., are so much more fun the way they are. The 28 days that the Lutz family stayed at the house at 112 Ocean Avenue in The Amityville Horror may very well be the biggest hoax of all. If so, I don’t want to know. Up to now, it’s the scariest book I’ve ever read. Finding out it is fiction just takes the thrill away.
    Thanks for giving us creepy ones something to sink our teeth into this week, Shelli. 😉


    • Hi Jimmy!

      I love ghost stories. I grew up on Stephen King novels so it goes with the territory. 😀 Yes, I’m with you about keeping ghosts at arm’s length. We’ve watched some of these ghost-hunter shows where these crazy people invite the ghosts to come out & play. Um, no thanks. I don’t want to know if it’s a hoax either. I love haunted stories & the only reason they’re good is like you said, because we think they’re real.

      Have a great week! Cheers, my friend.

  2. Mukesh says:

    Love ghosts! Seems I’ve grown up around them all my life. I’ve thought about writing a book from my personal experience (when I was very young) to those of close family and friends. When I’m travelling I always buy locally based ghost books and try to do any tours available. Haunted bars are my favorite 🙂

    • Hi Mukesh!

      I’m a ghost fan, too! If you’re ever in Charleston, South Carolina, they have lots of haunted tours. I think they just might have a haunted pub crawl. 😀

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