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.
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.
- "Scan reveals 1,000-year-old mummified monk hidden in statue"
- PDF: "The Vanishing Hitchhiker at Fifty-Five" by Gillian Bennett
- The Legend of the Woman in White by Krista Duranti
- Super 8 Footage of the gates at Resurrection Cemetery, from Dale Kaczmarek and ghostresearch.org, August 1976
- Red Gate Woods – The final resting place of the world's first nuclear reactor
- "Lydia, The Phantom Hitchhiker" from North Carolina Ghost Stories
- "Local Haunts: Lavender and SLC's Kissing Tree" by Jaime Winston on Salt Lake Magazine
- Story about the photo of the "Madonna of Bachelor's Grove" on ChicagoGhosts.com by Ursula Bielski
- "The REAL Story Of The Batchelor’s Grove Cemetery Ghost, by a relative of the photographer"
- Article on Judy A. Huff-Felz taking the Madonna photo on SaukValley.com
- Bachelor's Grove Cemetery on Wikipedia
- PDF: "Historic Archer Avenue" by Preservation Chicago
- "Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois" by Michael Kleen on Mysterious Heartland
- American Hauntings: Haunted History, Books, Tours and Events
- "The House in the Horseshoe" aka The Alston House in Carthage, NC
- Haunt in the Horseshoe—Sanford, North Carolina
- Author Adam Selzer's website: cemeterymixtape.com
- "Resurrection Mary, Chicago's Hitch Hiking Ghost!" on YouTube by ChiTownView
- "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
- Comprehensive article by Dale Kaczmarek of the Ghost Research Society (www.ghostresearch.org)
- Unsolved Mysteries' page about Mary
- "Unsolved Mysteries with Dennis Farina," Season 3 Episode 2, feat. Mary
- 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
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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.