is a rather small cemetery located in LaFayette Township within Coles County,
Illinois and just south of the Coles County Airport. It is very clean and well
kept up with quite a number of very old, and unfortunately, broken tombstones;
some that rest at the trunk of some very large trees.
Address: E CR 600N & N CR 1020E, nearest town is Lerna, Illinois 62440
the grave of Sallie T. Hill who died on May 5, 1873 at the age of 8 years, 3
months and 5 days people have sometimes reported paranormal activity however the
complete story may be nothing more than simple urban legend.
story goes that the girl had a rag doll that she loved so very much and never
went anywhere without it. She was either murdered or died and was buried without
her precious doll. To this day the girl is still attempting to find her lost
doll. It is said that the rag doll remains to watch over her grave and try to
scare away those who might vandalize or otherwise do damage to the grave. The
doll is often seen in the trees directly above her grave on nights where there
is a full moon.
version is that she was buried with her doll and it is also said to protect her.
This is a prime example of an urban legend, but many people still flock to her
grave on nights that harbor a full moon.
The Ghost Research Society investigated Ragdoll Cemetery July1, 2017 and the team members included: Stan Suho and Dale Kaczmarek, with help from Jason Snider from Crawford County Ghost Hunters
set up: No equipment was sent up but
handheld equipment was used including a digital recorder, Ovilus X, digital
cameras and camcorders. This investigation was in the afternoon.
performed: Ovilus X and live
Facebook videos were conducted and shot at the grave of the little girl.
experiences: No one in the group
experienced anything out of the ordinary and it was, in fact, a very peaceful
location except for a lot of bees and mosquitoes that were flying around. Snider
said that his camera refused to focus and kept going in and out of focus almost
the entire time that we were there.
sound and chimes ragdoll.MPG – while conducting an Ovilus X session at the
little girl’s grave a strange guttural sound was recorded followed by what
sounds like four very faint chimes.
spoken by the Ovilus X in dictionary mode: real,
dinner, wood, products, carbon, stood, suit and calcium.
a classic example of an urban legend, this location is still worth the trip. In
my opinion, urban legends might indeed have some basis in fact and when the
story or tale is told over and over again, it is often embellished or
sensationalized as each person retells the tale, making the final story
sometimes completely different than the original tale.
a very interesting place and I do enjoy visiting locations even though they may
be nothing more than “old wife’s tales” or urban legends.
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