Cemeteries are at all times a default location when investigators need to discover the paranormal realm. Generally it’s right here that the useless make their remaining cease earlier than crossing over the non secular veil to what lies on the opposite aspect. Historical figures like Frank and Jesse James impacted the panorama of loss of life not simply with their actions in life, but in addition the strategy to their very own deaths. The photograph above reveals Jesse and Frank concerned within the hanging of a person named Solomon. Solomon lived to inform his story, however many didn’t. The brothers realized a bit of one thing themselves in regards to the means of dying: 

     “Old news stories claim [Frank] James decided years before his death to be cremated because he was troubled by rumors that his brother’s [Jesse’s] brain had been stolen and used for medical experiments.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Frank selected to be burnt to ashes to keep away from the humiliation of being was a lab rat. The means of burning a deceased physique, coming from a special perspective, has been a supply of controversy for some folks as a result of there may be the idea that the corpse isn’t honorably revered when the individual has not been correctly buried absolutely intact. In the case of Frank James, his considerations had been from bandits and so cremation gave the impression to be the higher selection. 

But what about frequent of us as we speak? Does the method of cremation create residual or clever hauntings on the crematory grounds due to the potential for dishonor? Or are hauntings solely decided by the main points surrounding the purpose of loss of life, thereby suggesting that the technique of burial isn’t so vital? 

A have a look at a pair crematories all through the United States would possibly present solutions to those questions.

A Brief History of Crematories

For fairly a while now I’ve pushed previous the Missouri Crematory and its adjoining Columbarium and puzzled what precisely is the story of those two buildings. So, I did a little analysis…. 

The means of cremation previous to the Industrial Revolution was carried out outside and had been referred to as the acquainted funeral pyre. Bodies had been burned with firewood and generally coal, however with the modernizing of society this course of turned seen as barbaric and so a brand new methodology of incineration wanted to be created. In England, in the course of the 1870’s, the regenerative furnace was introduced forth as the answer and in 1874 a radical politician named Charles Wentworth Dilke was maybe the primary to make use of the furnace for cremation. He burned the corpse of his useless spouse in it. This first cremation would spark a brand new custom and in a short time established the Cremation Society in January of that 12 months.

Here within the United States the primary crematory was in-built 1876 in Washington County, Pennsylvania by a person named Dr. Julius LeMoyne. He established this web site as a result of he believed that the decomposing our bodies of these buried had been infiltrating and contaminating the bottom water.

 “[H]e felt the decay would leach into the soil and run-off into the water sources… [and] it was extremely likely that those who died of certain diseases were infecting others by way of local water sources.” (aCremation.com)

Cremated our bodies had been positioned within urns, however some relations didn’t essentially need the stays to be of their houses. Thus the rise of the Columbarium. These fantastically ornate buildings or architectural constructs function the house for thousands and thousands of cremated our bodies. Most are constructed out of granite, as this stone has nice longevity to climate time. It can also be a beautiful conductor of paranormal exercise as a result of granite has crystal particulates all all through its construction. The urn chambers are normally stacked one on high of one other and fashioned into prolonged rows.
I’ve visited a pair columbariums in my years of investigating (Missouri and Canton, Ohio to call two) and have by no means encountered or documented any paranormal exercise, although the encompassing granite will gas spirit interactions. Thus far I’ve not been capable of finding by my very own analysis any proof linking residual or clever hauntings to those websites.

In the photograph shoot of this columbarium in St. Louis I did seize what I’d think about to be mind matrixing, however maybe to the untrained eye a lady’s face is perhaps seen peering over the window ledge at me. No one is contained in the constructing and the doorways are securely locked.

Columbariums had been first constructed by the Romans and ultimately launched into the varied church buildings all through the world. The Catholic and Protestant faiths now have many of those cremation mausoleums connected to their cemeteries, however at one time they had been prohibited. For the Catholic Church, it wasn’t till Pope Paul VI lifted the ban in 1963 that cremation started to be an accepted type of burial. There are many different situations of church buildings and their members changing into lively contributors in crematories. One such web site lies in Kansas City, Missouri. 

A Tale of Two Suicides

Elmwood Cemetery is situated at 4900 Truman Road in Kansas City, Missouri and has its share of reported hauntings. One of probably the most controversial claims is that the spirit of an Episcopal priest nonetheless wanders the halls and balcony of the St. Mary’s Church, close by this cemetery. 

Father Henry David Jardine is credited with overseeing the relocation and development of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, which was established in 1857. In 1887 the brand new St. Mary’s Church was opened, with Father Jardine in cost if its funds and development. The remaining undertaking went $65,000 over finances. He served the church as a rector from 1879-1886. His tenure as a rector got here to an abrupt halt after a neighborhood journalist accused him of “misuse of church funds, drug use and immoral behavior with young church girls.” The accusation led to his removing from the church.

Shortly afterwards, “Father Jardine was found dead in St. Louis with a crucifix and a chloroform rag. Many parishioners believed the death to be a suicide with the chloroform. Others believed it to be accidental as Father Jardine used the drug to calm facial muscle spasms.” (The Examiner) His defrocking from the church meant that he was not permitted to be buried on church grounds. He as a substitute was buried within the Elmwood Cemetery the place there are claims that his confused and annoyed ghost will be seen strolling the grounds nonetheless as we speak. Father Jardine was by no means cremated, however the circumstances surrounding his loss of life have created residual hauntings in two places.

Elmwood Cemetery – Photo courtesy John Jackson

A person who was cremated and has ties to the Elmwood Cemetery was a gentleman named George William Shaw. The story has it that George walked into the cemetery workplace in 1936 and paid for a burial plot for himself. He said that he had saved up the cash and did not need to lose it. Two days after his buy, George walked into the cemetery, slung a rope over an elm tree and hung himself to loss of life. He was cremated within the close by crematory and his ashes had been scattered beneath the very elm tree he hung himself, all executed in line with the needs he had written down. His spirit can also be claimed to hang-out Elmwood, as his footsteps have been heard wandering across the suicide tree. Once once more, the circumstances surrounding loss of life have created a residual haunting and not the method of cremation.



What Can We Deduce?

Frank James was cremated within the Missouri Crematory (so far as it is perhaps identified) and his ashes had been stored within the columbarium subsequent door for a quick time period. “According to records kept at the building the cremated remains… were turned over to Jesse E. James, outlaw Jesse James’ oldest son and a nephew of the deceased.” (Post-Dispatch) Frank’s stays had been then taken again to his spouse Anne, the place she held them in a financial institution vault till her loss of life in 1944. She was additionally cremated with each of their stays being buried in a plot close to Independence, Missouri.

As far as I’ve researched there have but to be any claims of residual or clever hauntings in any of the crematories or columbariums which were talked about on this article. I personally have by no means skilled any hauntings as effectively with the places I’ve investigated right here in Missouri and in Ohio. My preliminary response to the 2 questions could be that the cremation course of someway prevents spirits from haunting crematories until the loss of life of the physique occurs the place the ashes are stored – as within the case of George Shaw. And then I got here throughout this video….


I have to admit that the proof the Dead Explorer crew encountered could be very convincing and has brought on me to reevaluate the chance that crematories will be haunted not simply with residual entities, however clever ones as effectively.


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Works Cited

Holleman, Joe. “Outlaw Frank James Met His Final Fate in St. Louis.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May three, 2015.  

http://www.acremation.com/First_Crematory_Built_in_the_United_States

http://www.examiner.com/article/st-mary-s-church-haunted-by-former-rector

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