Bachelors Grove Cemetery For Spring Explorers And The Curious
April 26, 2018
Edward Shanahan

It is that time of year again, when Bachelor's Grove Cemetery becomes a free location for paranormal explorers and those who are curious.

Let's face it, anyone living in the S.W. Suburbs more than likely has heard of Bachelor's Grove Cemetery along with being the areas paranormal fun must go to location.

This was the first paranormal location that I explored back in 1974 at the age of 16. That was a time in the past that you could explore it at night and even drive your car back there.

Richard Crowe was the first to weave tales about Bachelors Grove and he is the individual responsible with turning it into one of the best known haunted cemeteries in the world.

It is free to explore with family or friends; one does not need to travel with a group to visit the small location, as it is basically in the center of a Cook County Forest Preserve.

Bachelor's Grove Cemetery seen more than it's share of vandals and grave robbers over the many years. Many of the graves sites were the type that consists of a body in a wooden box type of situation.

Two surrounding cities's historical society presidents claim that the bodies not destroyed or robbed from their grave site, the living family members moved the bodies from Bachelor's Grove Cemetery to other cemeteries and family burial plots.

It has been researched and written that no legal authority has found anything to back the allegations that the pond at Bachelor's Grove Cemetery was an Al Capone dumping ground for bodies makes for good storytelling.

The paranormal activities there have changed in the last ten years. Many individuals that have had me at their location for psychic house parties have said that they have explored Bachelor's Grove and claimed that it is calm.

No one claimed to have experiences that they would consider paranormal. Nothing creepy other than some individuals being creeped out by the older paranormal investigators that hang around there at times trying to push their ghost stories or websites to the general public.

Bachelor's Grove Cemetery has the title of being one of Illinois most haunted places, many of the terrifying stories are folklore, most anything paranormal comes by way of electronic paranormal tools or photographs. The thing about pictures is that anyone can take them and possibly come up with the next social media paranormal trending photo.

That is why I consider it more of a place for teenage fun for many to explore as they have since at least 1974. It is an abandoned cemetery; it stood out years ago as a location of its own mysteries that were hidden and seemed to dare you to discover them, then it does today

The site does not resemble what it was, individuals have cut tree limbs down in the past and done other things to make it look the way they desire it to look, instead of leaving Mother Nature to take back what was once hers.

Even though I live 15 minutes from Bachelor's Grove Cemetery for my whole 60 years, I have been there maybe ten times; the reason is that I know spirits are there, silly to keep returning on a regular basis to confirm what I already discovered years ago.

Remember it does not cost money to explore Bachelor's Grove Cemetery, it is free for all. Keep out of there after sunset, as it is against the law. Respect the land that Mother Nature is trying to take back.

Enjoy your adventure and do not allow anyone to say you are not doing it right!