“Kate McCormick, Seduced and pregnant by her father’s friend, Unwed she died from abortion, her only choice, Abandoned in life and death by family, With but a single rose from her mother, Buried only through the kindness of an unknown benefactor, Died February 1875, age 21, Victim of an unforgiving society, Have mercy on us.”
Legend says that a cemetery in Castletown, Isle of Man, is the final resting place to a vampire. In 1854, 54-year-old Matthew Halsall passed away. As is customary, his family and the locals held a wake and drank copious amounts of alcohol in his memory. At some point in the evening, it was said that the group of people heard a loud groan coming from the coffin. Believing that Halsall was still alive, they broke open the casket to see that he was indeed very much dead, leading them to believe that he was a vampire. They obtained a stake and pierced it through is heart, re-buried him with a slate on concrete over the grave and then surrounded the grave with chains. It was widely believed that this would prevent the vampire rising from the dead.
This bizarre gravestone is located in Avenues Cemetery in Salt Lake City. The epitaph reads “VICTIM OF THE BEAST 666.” The true story behind this morbid gravestone has been lost in the ether; her obituary reads that she died of natural causes, leaving behind her husband, Elmer L. Gray. That doesn’t stop the numerous rumours as to what happened with one prevalent rumour that she committed suicide due to demonic possession.
The Old Zakopane Cemetery, located in Zakopane, Poland, looks like it belongs in a magical fairy tale. Polish cemeteries certainly are unique in the sense that they are often overtly decorated with quaint sculptures and momentos. It’s extremely rare to see an unkempt gravesite. There are over 500 uniquely decorated gravesites, some of which are the final resting places for notable characters, such as Nazi resistance fighters and war heroes.