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Ep 105: Resurrection Mary Part 4

Photo of the "Madonna of Bachelor's Grove" taken on August 10, 1991, by Judy Huff-Felz during an investigation of the Bachelor's Grove Cemetery by Dale Kaczmarek's Ghost Research Society.  Ms. Huff-Felz was using a 35mm Olympus camera with auto-wind loaded with infrared film, and a 35mm telephoto lens.  From a 2013 article by Ursula Bielski on ChicagoHauntings.com 

 
 
 

“Of the 28 versions in which the driver learns that the hitch-hiker suffered a violent death, thirteen are automobile accidents and in ten of these the girl or woman was killed precisely at the spot where she was picked up.”  – From "The Vanishing Hitchhiker" by Richard K. Beardsley and Rosalie Hankey, California Folklore Quarterly, October 1942

 
 
 

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.

 

Background:

If Resurrection Mary is just an Urban Legend, merely another variation of the "Vanishing Hitchhiker" then her story is a common one, with similar descriptions found in folklore all over the world.  If she is a spirit, then she's also not alone, because it seems people of every country have come forward with testimony of meeting a real "Lady in White."  If these ladies are a myth, or if they're real, or some combination of both, why are they so universally elemental?  Why is she so primal?  Do we see her because of the folklore, or is there folklore because we've seen her?  But whether spirits or an archetypal legend, what these women are eternally searching for is something lost, like a child or a future taken away too soon.  What they want is to return to a happier time when all was right with their world, to return home, wherever and whatever that home may be, so they may finally rest in peace.  

 

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Related Books:

Weird Chicago (Haunted Illinois)
By Troy Taylor, Adam Selzer, Ken Melvoin-Berg
Just Kill Me
By Adam Selzer
Encyclopedia of Urban Legends
By Jan Harold Brunvand
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 105: Resurrection Mary Part 4.  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.

Ep 104: Resurrection Mary Part 3

 
 
 

“She didn’t put her thumb out or nothing like that.  She just looked at my cab….she was a looker. A blonde.  I didn’t have any ideas or like that; she was young enough to be my daughter.  Twenty-one tops.” – An anonymous Taxi driver who went by "Ralph," after encountering Mary in 1979 as told to Chicago Suburban Tribune columnist Bill Geist

 
 
 

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.

 

Background:

How many reported sightings of a particular ghost would it take before you started to believe that perhaps people were indeed interacting with something supernatural?  Hundreds?  Over a thousand?  But you're looking for proof, you say.  Well, what would be convincing proof for you? What about mysterious, spectral handprints melted and scorched into bronze bars that have resisted repair and coverup?  Tonight in Part Three of our series, we examine the possibility that Mary may have left her indelible mark not only on the front gates of Resurrection Cemetery but also in the imaginations of Chicagoans ever since.  

 

Reference Links:

 

Related Books:

Weird Chicago (Haunted Illinois)
By Troy Taylor, Adam Selzer, Ken Melvoin-Berg
Just Kill Me
By Adam Selzer
Encyclopedia of Urban Legends
By Jan Harold Brunvand
 

Suggested Listening:

  • Listen to our guest appearance on the Chasing Earhart podcast from our friends Chris and Vanessa Williamson!  Come hear us ramble on about all things Amelia Earhart, including our favorite theories and the latest news & developments, like Dr. Richard Jantz's recent findings on bones found on the island of Nikumaroro!  Click here for Part One and of course, we weren't done clogging Chris' hard drives to the brim, so here's a Part Two Bonus Conversation!  Subscribe today!

 

  • 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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CREDITS:

Episode 104: Resurrection Mary Part 3.  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.

Ep 103: Resurrection Mary Part 2

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.

 

Background:

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.  

 
 

Related Books:

Weird Chicago (Haunted Illinois)
By Troy Taylor, Adam Selzer, Ken Melvoin-Berg
Just Kill Me
By Adam Selzer
Encyclopedia of Urban Legends
By Jan Harold Brunvand
 

Suggested Listening:

 

  • 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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CREDITS:

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.

Ep 102: Resurrection Mary Part 1

Composite image of "Resurrection Mary" by Skye D. on flickr, used under Creative Commons license: Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)  No changes were made.

 
 

"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.

 

Background:

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:

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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The Dark Myths Collective  

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CREDITS:

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.