Most Haunted Places on Earth: Bachelor's Grove Cemetery
Cemeteries are notorious for paranormal activity for good reason -- they house the dead. It comes as no surprise that claims of ghostly activity run high in these particular places. They maintain a spooky ambiance that can set even the most steel-nerved individual on edge. Throw in a remote location nestled deep in the woods, rumors of occult activity, and desecration of graves sites and you are guaranteed to stir up reports of paranormal activity.
Despite its name Bachelor's Grove Cemetery is not the final resting place of primarily single men. Historians have revealed that it is so named in honor of the first German immigrant family that had moved to the area and acquired the land in the early part of the 1800's. The original name of Batchelder over the years was transformed into Bachelor.
The remaining gravestones at the sight reveal that men, women, and children of varying ages have been buried here over the years. The last known burial was in 1989. Since the 1960's the cemetery has become isolated, lying adjacent to a stagnant pond in the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve near the Midlothian Turnpike in Illinois. Abandoned and isolated it has become a hot spot for paranormal activity.
Its remote location has opened the cemetery up to increased reports of vandalism. In the past it had served as an excellent spot for occult activity, a place for young lovers to stow away in secret, and an area hidden from the watchful eye of the law to conduct activities such as racing cars. Over time with the closing of roads that diverted attention and access away from the cemetery it became an unfortunate victim of severe neglect and abandonment. With its isolation becoming more pronounced Bachelor's Grove Cemetery had fallen victim to vandalism, desecration, and occult activity which appeared to reach its peak in the 1970's.
Once housing up to 200 headstones Bachelor's Grove Cemetery now contains a mere 20 that have managed to survive the effects of time and human exploitation. A majority of the tombstones were stolen or destroyed. Graves were reportedly robbed and desecrated over time with bodies being looted and bones strewn about the cemetery. The remaining headstones were finally cemented in to prevent further deplorable activity.
Bachelor's Grove Cemetery's sad and tragic history has led to the rise of various legends and purported sightings of paranormal activity. Rumors abound that the great gangster Al Capone used the stagnant pond as a remote site to dispose of bodies during the Prohibition Era. It is claimed these restless spirits walk the woods around Bachelor's Grove Cemetery in protest of their wretched and untimely demise. Another legend claims that a farmer drowned in the pond when his plow horse became spooked and drove them both to a watery grave. A famous photograph taken by Jude Huff-Felz supposedly depicts a sad young woman sighting atop a gravestone. Many proclaim that she is a mother morning the loss of her infant child both of which had been buried at Bachelor's Grove. The validity of the photograph still remains in debate.
Other reported paranormal activity that has occurred in or around Bachelor's Grove Cemetery include mysterious ghost houses that materialize and then disappear once they are approached. There are reports of phantom cars, strange glowing blue and red orbs, disembodied voices, misty apparitions, and strange, unexplainable noises. There have even been reports of a black dog that when approached seems to disappear into thin air.
With reports of terrible neglect and unsavory desecration it is no wonder Bachelor's Grove Cemetery is reputed to be haunted. Whether you are a true believer or a skeptic the tragic and unfortunate past of Bachelor's Grove Cemetery lends an undeniable eerie and sorrowful aura to this area. If you dare, venture to Bachelor's Grove Cemetery to experience it for yourself. Visit the official site for the Bachelor's Grove Cemetery for further information on its history and location. Happy hunting!