Resurrection Mary is a story that originates in Chicago. The story goes that Mary, real name unknown to this day, went to a dance in a local ballroom in like the 1960s or 70s with her partner. Mary and the date got into a fight at this dance and Mary, upset, fled. It was dark and Mary fled onto Archer Avenue and was struck by an oncoming car.
Plus, there’s another connected story. People report seeing a ghost hearse drive by St. James of Sag, the cemetery down the road from Resurrection. Some folks believe that hearse carries Mary.
My friend Jess:
I was on a ghost tour in New Orleans and our tour guide told us a creepy story about one of the haunted hotels there, The Andrew Jackson Hotel. In 1794, the grounds of the hotel used to house an all-boys boarding school which burned down in a city-swept fire.
|The Little Building, July 1920
Photograph by Leon H. Abadian, Boston Public Library Archives
When you go to college in Boston, you accept that the city is old and it is haunted. The Omni Parker Hotel is supposedly a very haunted hotel, for instance, and sometimes, at night, walking cobblestone sidewalks on Beacon Hill with the light from these old-fashioned streetlights, I really felt that sense of Boston’s age and history and ghosts.
One of the dorms at my college had a ghost. The building, the Little Building, on Boylston Street, used to be a hotel, then an apartment building. During the Depression, a little girl was playing with a ball near the back elevator shaft. The ball fell down the shaft. The little girl followed, but the shaft was empty or the elevator was out of the order. At any rate, the little girl plummeted to her death.
Well, I had a friend whose dorm room was next to the old elevator shaft. He woke up more than once that year with strange scratches on his back and arms and swore he and his roommate heard a little girl’s high-pitched giggling nearby.