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WGN Midway News - Kristin Stefanos

WGN Midway News - Kristin Stefanos
© 2010 WGN Midway News
October 29, 2010 - 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Guest: Kristin Stefanos

CORRECTION: The television show was canceled.

Watch Kristin as she talks about her experiences ghost hunting in Bachelor's Grove Cemetery and shares her footage of the eerie burial ground.

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Quick Tips for Ghosthunting and Visiting Haunted sites:

Remember, many haunted spots are private property or closed to the public after dark, so be mindful so your haunted adventure doesn't end up being a trip to the police station.

Unless you have advance training in demonology, don't bring a Ouija board or other conjuring tools. If you're going to open that door, be sure you know how to close it.
Always know your way out: unless you are the bravest soul in the universe, if something freaky happens have some idea of where you're going to run. And don't forget to wear good running shoes just in case.

Keep an open mind. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, we can all agree there are things in the world which defy explanation.

Legend and History of Bachelor's Grove Cemetery:

Down a neglected dirt path which was once the bustling Midlothian Turnpike, located across from the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve on 143rd Street just east of Ridgeland Avenue (b/t Oak Forest and Midlothian) lies one of the Midwest's most famous haunted cemeteries: Bachelors Grove. The first burial at Bachelors Grove was between 1838 and 1844, with the earliest death date discovered on a tombstone being that of William Nobles who died in 1838, per an article in the Blue Island Sun-Standard from 1935.

A broken down chain link fence marks the boundaries where families of the deceased used to picnic and fish amidst their dearly departed. Of the estimated 200 tombstones that were originally there, only a few remain. The largest remaining gravestone, is scattered with trinkets visitors have left behind at the infant Fulton child's grave. No one has been interred there for over 20 years, with only the bravest of souls coming to visit.

However, this unassuming scrap of land may not be as uninhabited as it appears. Fifty years ago as the cemetery became more isolated, vandals struck. Headstones were spray painted, ripped up or stolen. Bodies were dug up, graves robbed of their contents. At one time it was not unusual for bones to be found strewn about the cemetery among the refuse and discarded beer bottles. Rumors that the cemetery was being used for occult rituals began and strange markings appeared etched into the trees and tombs. The souls buried here didn't take kindly to being disturbed.