Most Haunted Place in America: Garden of Hope Cemetery
Named as one of the top 10 haunted cemeteries in the United States on many lists, The Garden of Hope Cemetery in Gautier Mississippi has more than its fair share of unusual stories that go with the graves that are there. One of the most famous stories comes with the story of a father who was meeting his wife and five children in a hotel one night for a weekend. They were going to take his much anticipated bonus and put it on a house that they have been dreaming of for many years. However, little did any of them know, the father was going to be fired that day.
On the way to the hotel the father kept hearing voices inside his head, telling him what needed to be done. Now was this his psychosomatic way of dealing with the loss of the dream home or was he being possessed by demons? When he got to the hotel, he greeted his family, which consisted of his wife and 5 children (aged from 6 months to 8 years old). The family knew nothing about the lay off and thought that all well good and well in their world. As the family laid sleeping and the father pretended to sleep, he kept being told by the voices of what needed to be done as he was no longer able to provide for his family.
Once he knew that they were all asleep he left the hotel and in a frenzied state returned with a fire ax and proceeded to mutilate his entire family one by one. He then left the hotel and swinging his ax wildly in the rain walked out into the highway and was struck dead by a truck that was carrying a propeller for a ship at the place where he was just fired from. Coincidence or Fate? Did he come full circle from the job that meant so much to him, to be killed by a truck that was heading to that very place?
Some passerby’s have seen children playing among the gravestones at the Garden of Hope Cemetery, and they believe that they are the children who were murdered that night back in the late 1970’s. There are tales of a man who will climb from his grave to search the neighboring grave plots for flowers to take back to his own gravestone.
There is another ghost to linger at this cemetery that is called “Bloody Sarah”, she is seen wearing a bloody housecoat and fluffy slippers, she is seen most often during the day running out in front of cars on the road. She is then heard laughing hysterically when they stop and get out of their vehicles because they thought they hit a real person.
They say that there is a Mississippi werewolf buried here, some say they have heard him howling and growling during a full moon. There are also those who believe they hear the chains rattling from his chained and cemented tomb.
The friendliest ghost at this cemetery is of a lone grave digger who was killed on the road. He will smile at those who knew him and scowl at strangers. He has been known to hitch hike and when passing the place where he died will tell the driver “this is where I died” and then just vanish into thin air.
Of course there are the usual cold spots, orbs and phantom lights that are seen at most graveyards. If you plan to investigate just beware as some of the ghosts pack a pretty solid punch.