Written By: Megan Yundt
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
The Rubio Woods Forest Preserve is located in the southwest side of Chicago. Within the Preserve lies one of the most haunted places in Illinois. The oldest burial ground in Chicago called, “Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery.” The Cemetery consists of only eighty-graves. However, over one hundred documented reports of paranormal activity have been filed. Whether these activities are the result of orbs or actual apparitions is unknown. One of the most well-known apparitions of the cemetery is known as the “white lady” or the “the white Madonna.” It is said that she walks the grounds carrying an infant close to her during a full moon. Near the small pond that borders the cemetery, many visitors and forest rangers have found the corpses of chickens and small animals that have been mutilated in a ritualistic fashion.
Due to the amount of alleged occult activity, police officers patrol the grounds. You wouldn’t want to get arrested for trespassing, now would you? However, there are still apparitions you can stumble upon even during the day. For example, the “Phantom Farmhouse,” which is a farmhouse you can see from the distance as you walk down the path that leads to the cemetery. Sometimes the farmhouse will shimmer in the distance or be nowhere to be found.
Many have speculated that even though there are only eighty visible graves, the body count hiding below the surface of this cemetery is much higher. Many believe that the graveyard was a body dumping site that Al Capone’s men used because of how secluded it was. But no one can confirm this fact. Some even say that the graves move around or disappear. Since the cemetery is patrolled by police every night, the chances of vandals being the cause of these disappearances are slim.
Personally, when I walked through the cemetery, I only counted twenty or thirty tombstones. Whatever your intentions or expectations may be when visiting the cemetery, you’re bound to find something unsettling or unnerving.
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