Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery
RESIDENCE – BACHELOR’S GROVE CEMETERY
Location: W 143rd St, Midlothian, IL 60445, United States
Small Description: Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery was established in 1840 and is found on the edge of a forest. It is a small graveyard that many believe may be the most haunted place in the region. Over the years, the place has been cursed with more than 100 documented reports of paranormal phenomena, from actual apparitions to glowing balls of light. But the most unnerving repeated sighting is that of a “phantom farm house”.
Ghost Story: The first ghost stories that began circulating amongst the tombstones were the glowing blue balls of light that seemed to display some form of intelligence. They eluded pursuit even though a Joliet man named Jack Hermanski in the early 1970’s chased them on a number of occasions. The light was the size of a baseball and floated through the cemetery just out of his reach. He reported that the ghost light blinked at fifteen to twenty-second intervals and just when he thought he had overtaken it; the light disappeared then reappeared behind him. And so the chase began again throughout the nights he observed it.
In December of 1971, Denise Travers claimed that she was able to pass her hand through the light on a very close encounter. She felt no heat or sensation at all. It was like putting your hand into a void. Skeptics say that the blue lights were actually the methane gas given off by decomposing bodies. However, most of those bodies had crumbled to ashes long ago. The blue lights have not been seen since the latter 1970’s however a new light has been reported with increasing frequency zooming up and down the main trail leading to the cemetery’s entrance. This light has been likened to a red skyrocket and is never stationary but constantly moving.
The most fascinating story is the old house seen on either side of the main trail leading back into the woods. Witnesses have also reported the house as appearing the same; a white farm-style house with white wooden columns, a porch swing and even a lantern burning dimly in one window. However, there isn’t a house there nor has there ever been one. The house is a true phantom house. As witnesses walk towards it, the house appears to shrink, getting smaller and smaller before disappearing into the dark woods.
The house is never reported in the same place twice. It’s been seen near the turnpike, along the dirt trail and even within the cemetery itself! Arlene McComb saw the house with a group of friends in 1975 and watched as the house began to shrink in size until it was entirely gone from view. Grace Nortman saw the phantom house in the winter of 1966 and 1967 while another witness, Marianne Kerbs, experienced the ghostly abode in 1966.