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Got my reply from Bachelor's Grove inquiring
if they are still selling lots in the cemetery.
Midlothian Illinois
My Home Town Haunts are the places in the neighborhood where I
grew up and visited when I was a high school kid. Terrified out of my
mind as we all piled in a car to go out to the forest preserves.
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I have requested to my closet family members to
be buried in Bacherlor's Grove Cemetery for
personal reasons. There has been a great conflict
on this subject. All that I have left is my husband,
my ex-husband & my cousin & his family in
Chicago. Everyone is alarmed, especially my
cousin as he is well aware of the tales that involve
Bachelor's Grove.
I sent an email to the caretakers of The Path to
Bachelor's Grove. They keep up to date
information on the Cemetery & they informed me
of who handles the upkeep of the Cemetery & also
replied to my request that the Cemetery no longer
sells plots or allows people to be buried there.
There was a burial in the 80's but it was for a
family member of a family that already existed in
the Cemetery.
I just sent another email to these folks to inquire if
the ashes could be spread there in the lagoon
behind the Cemetery. Were there any objections to
that?
Then there is the area behind the lagoon, a dense
forest that has paths that take you deeper into the
woods. The entire area is said to be haunted with
many reported sightings of strange things.....
especialy "The Disappearing House"..
This is an ongoing conflict with my loved ones & I
will keep you informed as we move along toward a
decision, it may be quite a problem because they are
all so against my reasons, actually they don't even
know but I do.......I know whats calling me there.  I
know I cannot trust any of them to keep their word
to honor my wishes so I think ahead on the situation
a bit longer.
Only about 20 of the more than 200 stones are left at the Cemetery.
I need to create some options & follow through on
each idea in trying to decide which one will work.
The hardest thing is finding someone who will
keep their word to me & follow through with the
instructions I'll leave.
Back to my story, yes her first call, she called at
lunch. I couldn't talk on the phone during the
busy lunch hour, she knew that, so she left with
"Boy have I got a surprise for you!" & said she'd
call later.
It was such fun watching those tourist take
pictures of my big, huge fancy pies I baked &
those cowboys dressed like something out of the
old west. They came in with their chaps & spurs &
10 gallon hats. Lunch was quick so no changing of
clothes or boots. They attracted flies so we
accomodated each table with a fly swatter.......aah
yes, the ways of the west!
Route 83 was the only highway in that area that
ran all the way from up in Canada down to
Mexico. We had quite an array of clientele.
Canadian tourist always stopped & pulled into a
massive gravel parking lot full of John Deere's,
Semi's, local farm people & most colorful were
the Cowboys who tied their horses up out front.
They came from the massive feedlot up the road.
I remember her first call about the idea. I was
living in western Nebraska & my husband & I
owned a restaurant well, actually it was a road
side diner in a town of 63 on the side of Route 83.
These folks will handle about anything. I
remember sometime ago when my Aunt decided
to exhume the bodies of our immediate family &
transfer them to the new high rise mausoleum
that Fairmount Cemetery (our Family
cemetery)put in. She bought a lot of spaces in this
mausoleum. She declared she did not want our
family underground.
Then there is Modell Funeral Home in Chicago
who's generations of family have handled the
burials of my generations of family. We have
pretty much lost everyone.
They are already questioning things & not in a
positive way which tends to keep me worrisome
over this situation, especially considering the
state of my health.
I've had a lot of those kinds of people in my life.
We would end up in court, or worse yet, they
would find a way to make drastic changes not in
accordance with my plan after my departure......
trust me, I have experience with that.
I would like to say for the record that I have had
many other ideas of how to handle this, but not
one of those panned out for me. There is always
someone else who has to stick their nose in &
give you their opinion. Well really that would be
okay if it was just their opinion.....but they have
to get in the drivers seat & GET THEIR WAY,
which means putting up some type of argument
to make you avoid doing what you want.
So far, the parties that I have inquired with have
to many personal feelings for me in regard to this
decision, so I think that it will probably have to
be done by someone that is not that involved, that
doesn't have emotional ties about my resting
place after my departure, or feelings that would
make them change their mind at the last minute &
would alter it. So much for saying,"Who Cares
After You Die?".
I remember picking out that tombstone with my
Mom. It was one of those double ones for 2
people. She called after I got home & wanted to
know if I wanted the tombstone for my
Halloween cemetery. The cemetery just tossed it
after I told her no.
Then it became ugly & finally it resulted to her
telling me she would take me to court if she had
too. I knew she meant it. After much going back
& forth, I ended up at Modell Funeral Home
signing the papers to allow her to exhume & sell
the graves of my parents. After she moved them I
never went back to the cemetery again.
So the talk begins - I was horrified at the thought
of her digging up my parents. It made me sick. I
told her no from the very beginning of the talks.
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In regard to apparitions, ghosts, spirits.....is there any reasoning in when to decide if they want to appear.
The most talked about picture caught in Bacherlor's Grove Cemetery
The Entrance to Bachelor's Grove
The Entrance Path
This is a marvelous web-site. It's the place to go for the most recent happenings.
The stone from the photo's up above.
Wonder how Big Al found his
way out to Bacherlor's Grove.
Not sure I agree with the title of this article. It does seem
real disrespectful in regard to talking about a cemetery
that has been so desicrated
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What was Bachelor's Grove before it became the cemetery?
Way back in time maybe 500 years ago. Who were the tribes of
Indians in this area and what does their history look like?
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Just think ...knowing and burying a potential
ghost friend with plans ahead of time to meet up
later if possible.
So I'm still working on it.
If  Modell could not store the ashes it would be
impossible for my church to hold them. My old
Parish is a few blocks from Modell Funeral
Home. I'm sure my church would object because
of where the ashes would be going  to their final
resting place.
If he knew me before death maybe it would
make a stronger bond to come back and visit
with him. So Modell would still get the ashes, as
it has to end there for me as so many of my
loved ones ended there. Perhaps they could hold
the urn of ashes until Zak is in the Chicago area
and then he could take them out to Bachelor's
Grove and scatter them.
I would need to have their answer and get them
paid prior to the job at hand. There is one other
option......kind of an unusual request, to have
Zak Bagans carry out my wishes. Maybe he
might want to add an additional service to his
already mighty empire of ghost hunting.
So now the search continues on how to handle
all this after my death. I could have the ashes
sent from North Carolina to Chicago to Modell's
Funeral Home and see if they could make
preparations for the scattering because there is
no one else to carry through with my wishes.
Well I sent an email back to these folks to see if
there was any problem with scattering my ashes
over the pond. Never heard back from there,
probably does not matter if it's just your ashes.
7-13-2017
Ectoplasm....is this perhaps what ghosts are made up of. It can be photographed with any
still camera. Ectoplasm was first discovered at Bachelor's Grove Cemetery back in the
early 1970's. It's a ghostly material that shows up at haunted spots. It was constantly
changing form ...its as if it was coalescing at different images, its really intriguing. So this
many believe is what the ghosts lights are. Many believe thats what the shapes and forms
out there are comprised of.
Ectoplasm is not the only phenomona that occurs at Bachelor's Grove. This location is
known to be one of the most haunted places in the world. The setting is eerie and it houses
an old cemetery that has not been used in years, but the area still seems to be in use by the
various entities which express themselves in many forms. A ghostly woman wanders about,
a mystery house comes & goes, a caretaker walks the grounds guarding the graves.
The area has also fallen victim to imaginary tales. Now lots of the stories told about each
grave are typical folktale type accounts, you've got everything from a blue ghost light to a
disappearing house to a phantom grounds keeper that comes out with a lanturn and
chases people away and things of that nature.
But unlike true folktales that have no basis in historic fact, when Richard Crowe
investigated Bachelor's Grove he found that there is a grain of truth behind much of this.
Erin Fox - Witness - There was this guy in black just walking around by the river or that
little pond. I took a picture and when we got the pictures developed, he wasn't in the
picture. I started taking pictures, I didn't think they were gonna turn out cause it was so
dark and then I took one and thought I think I got something.
The stories that should be looked into like the phantom caretaker with the lanturn,
thats a well known story. Some of the pictures taken by Henry, the Chicago Ghost
Hunter Society guy you could see the ectoplasm energy in the images and there on the
left of his photo you see a face looking down.
Richard Crowe first learned about the disappearing house at Bachelor's Grove by
accident. He was collecting stories from people. They talk about what happened out
there, they will be out there at night and see a mysterious house, then they want to go
back out there to check it out and explore it but they could not find it.
So for many years now its really been a hotbed of activity and theres no end in sight.
I think its gonna be a haunted spot for years and years to come.
Pam Ernest - There's definately some very strong action there and when I went there
once there was literally something crawling on my hand while I was reaching out to
touch another energy.
Her photograph shows a form, it looked like something peeking from behind a tree.
When the negative was examined it showed a face. Erin thought it was an image of a
little girl, she admitted she came to the conclusion after having an eerie dream the night
she took the picture. Turn the negative upside down and it resembles a babies face.
Erin added: The night I got back, I was sleeping in my room and I heard someone
talking and saying "Did she see it?" I didn't know if it was my sister or anything. I was
kinda scared and I just went to bed and the next day I got my pictures developed and I
didn't see anything out of the ordinary until I started looking at the negatives. I didn't
know why I opened the negatives and started looking at them......I just did.
Henry Pena - Chicago Ghost Hunter Society - I heard ssshhhh! and I turned around
and just snapped this picture, an ectoplasm image of a lady where her hair is flying
back and right down on the right side of her was a little red image and when enlarged
there was a face there. There was what looked like a devil, you could see the yellow
eyes, ya can see an ear, ya can see a chin, you can actually see horns but in my
opinion I think that is the devil.
But Bachelor's Grove is much more than just haunting something in a classic sense.
Years ago, and you don't hear much about this anymore. Richard Crowe interviewed
people that heard mysterious clanking, mechanical type sounds, theres no explanation
for that, what do these metallic type sounds mean. Theres no factory near by or close
enough that would carry the sound in the wind that you can hear.
When Richard took his crew out there they heard creaking doors - Does this place
have left over energy, is that why its so haunted. Does it have a sad history?
Pam Ernest - Bachelor's Grove has a lot of unknown graves. No one knows where
they came from, the time in which they were there. Theres great distances in time
from when they were there.
Quentin Young - Native American Teacher - What we're getting is we're stepping
from one dimension into another, sometimes they make that whole transition and
sometimes they're somewhere in between. And we don't see the hole just the heat
waves.
Crowe says he really thinks of the place and the Native American connection that
went back many 1000's of years, I think it had something well going on before it
became a graveyard.
Now its a graveyard but I think the reasons why that spot are prone to hauntings   
so far back in time, I think all its habitation there of different peoples there, the
centuries had some kind of layer cake building up over the years.
There are so many open available plots at Bachelor's Grove
but they will not sell them anymore.
There was a burial back in 1967 and then in 1985, a family
member from a family that had all been buried there, they
allowed this person to be buried there, that was the last time
someone was put in the ground there.
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