Detail of some of the stained glass at the main mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, IL, from the website, fantasyglass.net, where they list it as one of the "5 Best Stained Glass Pieces in the U.S." From the website's listing: "Resurrection Cemetery is home to the largest stained glass window in the world. It is over 22,000 square feet and contains over 2,000 panels. It was created by Pickel Studio. At night the cemetery sometimes backlights the mausoleum and it looks stunning."
“And I didn’t see a face, it was just like...black there. She had no face.”
– Mark Rudnicki, eyewitness to "Resurrection Mary" from an exclusive interview in tonight’s episode.
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.
As you delve into the legend of "Resurrection Mary," you'll soon notice that the stretch of Archer Avenue from Resurrection Cemetery to the Willowbrook Ballroom is not the only piece of land that seems haunted, nor is it haunted just by "Mary." It seems the entire locality has a supernatural quality to it, enough that Chicago's "Southwest Siders" have dubbed it "The Archer Triangle," in reference to the more famous one near Bermuda. But what is it about this region that spurs so many reports of paranormal activity? Is it the legacy of ancient Native American activity, the numerous cemeteries located here, or Ley lines and waterways? Is it all an imagined coincidence or is there a more sinister force at play? Tonight, we take a more thorough look at Mary's favorite haunts and examine why the spirits of the area appear to be so restless.
- Author Adam Selzer's website: cemeterymixtape.com
- "Fire destroys Willowbrook Ballroom" from the Chicago Tribune
- The case of the Grimes sisters' murder on prairieghosts.com
- Ley lines
- Oh Henry's Roadhouse on HauntedHouses.com
- A summary of the "Resurrection Mary" story on Wikipedia
- Super 8 Footage of the gates at Resurrection Cemetery, from Dale Kaczmarek and ghostresearch.org, August 1976
- Comprehensive article by Dale Kaczmarek of the Ghost Research Society (www.ghostresearch.org)
- Author Troy Taylor's coverage of the legend on prairieghosts.com
- "Deathly Dancer " article by Elizabeth Williamson from The Chicago Tribune
- The Mary legend from Chicago's Haunt Detective
- Resurrection Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleums
- "Birches residents get a Halloween scare on haunted bus tour"
- Chicago Ghost Hunter Richard Crowe Dies
- "A Supernatural Life: Richard T. Crowe" by Ursula Bielski
- Fan Wiki webpage about the Unsolved Mysteries episode on Mary
- PDF: Original newspaper clipping covering Anna Norkus' tragic auto accident
- Song: Ian Hunter's "Resurrection Mary" from 1996
- Song: Dickey Lee's "Laurie (Strange Things Happen)" from 1965
- In addition to a respectable oeuvre of books on fascinating historical and ghostly topics, our interview guest Adam Selzer has a terrific new podcast all about strange and forgotten tales of history, true crime and so much more on the way! Go to his website: cemeterymixtape.com to listen and subscribe today!
- If you want to hear a great (and much more concise) take on the legend of Resurrection Mary, plus a large assortment of spooky tales about haunted places, creepy history, and forgotten folklore, all told in a narrative style by a real Ghost Tourguide, then you need to check out Mike Brown's Pleasing Terrors podcast! Every two weeks, Mike will walk you through the dark shadows of reality and shine a light on the ghosts in the theater of your mind. Go to Apple Podcasts or wherever you find outstanding shows and search for Pleasing Terrors, or click on, or copy n' paste this link into your web browser's locator: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pleasing-terrors/id1141063625?mt=2 Your imagination will never be the same!
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Episode 103: Resurrection Mary Part 2. 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.