Monday, September 16, 2013

Connecticut: Easton’s Union Cemetery

This old cemetery established in the 1700s is considered one of America’s most haunted. This probably is due to the fact that Ed and Lorraine Warren--well-kmown demonologists and ghost hunters-- investigated Union several times. Ed was able to capture some compelling evidence on video of a wispy ghost that has been seen by various witnesses in this cemetery as well as nearby. The Warren’s also wrote a book entitled Graveyard that is about Union Cemetery. *

Over the years a substantial amount of photographic and video evidence has been collected at Union by ghost investigators. The ghost that is encountered in this cemetery is known as the “White Lady”. She is described as having long black hair and she is seen wearing a white gown and a white bonnet. Witnesses often describe her as being luminous or “glowing” brightly.

She is seen in various forms. These range from people hearing a woman sobbing or just feeling her presence to witnesses who have seen her apparition. Among these witnesses are several police officers. People have stated they have seen her floating among Union’s tombstones. Many EVP’s have been captured at this spot. This ghost is also seen at the other end of Route 59--that runs by Union-- at Stepney Cemetery. This is where Ed Warren is buried.

This White Lady is seen often on Route 59. Several people while driving along this route state that she appeared suddenly, glowing brightly in the middle of the road, right in front of their cars. All--with one exception--reported that they felt they would run her over but instead she passed through their cars harmlessly and then just vanished.

The one exception to this happened to an off-duty fireman in 1993. Late one night as he passed Union, he saw the apparition of a farmer materialize in the passenger seat of his truck. Then the glowing White Lady appeared in front of his vehicle. He slammed on his brakes but this ghost instead of passing harmlessly through his truck seemed to collide with it, for the fireman heard a loud thud. As he came to a stop the farmer and the White Lady both disappeared without a trace. At least this is what he initially thought--when he got out of his truck he discovered his front bumper was dented.

As to who this ghost was while alive depends upon the theory or legend told. One states that she was a lady who was murdered by an adulterous lover or a love-struck stalker in the 1940s. Another states that she was most likely a woman found at the turn of the 20th century behind the Easton Baptist Church that sits next to Union Cemetery. This woman’s body was found dumped in a sinkhole behind this church. A third story states she was a woman who died in childbirth. It seems she still is looking for her lost child.

Union Cemetery is still in use. It is open to the public until sundown. This cemetery is a popular destination for ghost hunters. Be forewarned--it is strictly forbidden to be in this cemetery after dusk. This rule is enforced. Some people who have ignored this rule, have been fined, others have been arrested.

* In future I will write a post about the Warrens. Their contributions to demonology and ghost hunting are invaluable.

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