Ep 102: Resurrection Mary Part 1

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"Just take me up Archer."

– A ghostly passenger fitting the description of "Resurrection Mary," who had been offered a ride by a man known only as "Tony" on September 5th, 1980.  She soon vanished from his car.


LOCATION: Resurrection Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleums, in the town of Justice, IL, southwest of Chicago, IL.  From the Willowbrook Ballroom (recently burned down) all the way along Archer Avenue leading to the cemetery is where most of the sightings of "Resurrection Mary" have occurred.



Legend has it, that sometime in the late 1920s or early '30s, a young couple was enjoying an evening of dancing at the Oh Henry Ballroom, later renamed the Willowbrook Ballroom & Banquets, located southwest of Chicago, IL.  After an argument, the woman stormed out, deciding she'd rather walk home than spend another minute with her boyfriend.  As she walked along Archer Avenue on a wintery night, she was struck and killed by a hit and run driver.  Her bereaved parents buried her at nearby Resurrection Cemetery in the white ballgown and shoes in which she died.  Ever since, people have reported either dancing with or giving a ride to a hauntingly beautiful young woman, with long blonde hair and blue eyes, dressed in a white gown, who at some point vanishes from their midst.  Accounts of these spectral encounters have been so numerous over the years that the legend of "Resurrection Mary" is perhaps Chicago's most famous and beloved ghost story. 


Related Books:

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends
By Jan Harold Brunvand

Suggested Listening:

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Episode 102: Resurrection Mary Part 1.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.