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It is said that Mary was a beautiful young Polish American girl with long blonde hair and blue eyes. She loved to go out in the evenings dancing. One cold winter night in 1934, she was with her boyfriend at the O. Henry Ballroom, now Willowbrook Ballroom on Archer Avenue in Justice Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago. The couple had some sort of argument that night and Mary walked out of the ballroom determined that she would rather walk home alone than ride home with her date. She didnít walk very far up Archer Avenue when suddenly, a car struck her. The driver fled the scene leaving Mary either dead or dying on the side of the cold dark road. She died by the side of the road and was buried shortly after in Resurrection Cemetery.
There the story should have ended, but it was only the beginning. Not long after her death, reports of mysterious incidents began. The most common experiences were of people driving at night picking up a mysterious woman on the side of the road to give her a ride. The girl would always accept the offer for a ride and give the driver directions that took them down Archer Street. As they are passing Resurrection Cemetery the girl will either vanish or tell the driver to stop near Resurrection Cemetery. She will get out of the car and vanish as she approaches the gates of the cemetery. There have also been reports of young men actually meeting her at the ballroom, dancing with her and at the end of the night offering her a ride home, only to have her vanish during the ride home near the Resurrection Cemetery. She is described as looking like a normal living person, she has long blonde hair, blue eyes, speaking very little, wearing a 1930's white dress and her skin is cool to the touch. There are also reports of Mary walking out into the road and being run down by cars. When the drivers stop and get out to help the victim, no body or trace of an accident can be found. Strange occurrences concerning Mary go back to the mid 1930s and continue today. In the 30s and 40s Mary would jump onto the running boards of the passing cars and then vanish without a trace.
On the night of August 10, 1976 a man was driving by the cemetery around 10:30 at night. He saw a girl in a white dress on the other side of the cemetery gate grasping the metal bars as if she were trying to get out. He notified the police department that someone must have been accidentally locked in the cemetery. When an officer arrived, he could not find the girl but upon closer inspection he made an amazing discovery. The bars to the gate had been bent apart at sharp angles. The bars were green colored bronze but where they were pried apart, there were black scorch marks in the shape of small human fingers and hands. This discovery quickly became big news and crowds of people visited the cemetery to see the gate. Mary was instantly rocketed into the Chicago areas most famous ghost.
The cemetery officials denied that anything supernatural happened at the cemetery. They claimed that a truck backed into the gates while doing sewer work at the cemetery and that grounds workers tried to fix the bars by heating them with a blow torch and bending them. The imprint in the metal, was from a workman trying to push the bars together with fireproof gloves while they were still hot. After the publicity drew crowds of curiosity seekers, the cemetery tried a few times to fix the bars. Several attempts were made in an effort to discourage the crowds.
None of the efforts worked until they recently took the bars out altogether.Police frequently patrol the area around Resurrection Cemetery, but the curious still come in the hopes of finding some evidence of the existence of Resurrection Mary. In the meantime, Mary is still making her appearance, when she chooses, to whom she chooses. Read more about Resurrection Mary and additional strange incidents concerning her appearance, at the following websites: http://www.ghostresearch.org/sites/resurrection/
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