graveyard is rumored to be haunted by one of the first serial
killers . . . . could this be her?
Jeff and I visited Charleston
in April of 2004 and we walked everywhere downtown. We found on one of
the main streets there was this little doorway that looked very spooky.
There was a black wrought iron gate and a plaque on the brick that said
it was the Unitarian Church graveyard. We ventured down the curvy
winding path which was bordered by lots of plants and low hanging trees.
As we got further down the path it opened up into a huge graveyard that
was overrun with weeds and grass. Looked like no one had done
landscaping for years.
Me, Jeff and Boo Boo
walked all over and I took pictures everywhere. There were beautiful
plants, even pretty blooming weeds everywhere we looked. We checked out
so many old tombstones using our imaginations to wonder what diseases
and tragedies placed these souls here.
After we returned home, I was
looking at the pictures and we found the one above. It looked like there
was a man in a gray suit walking thru the graveyard in the left side of
the photo, but then again we thought . . . maybe that is just a couple
tombstones that line up to look like that . . . So a friend is looking at
the picture and said "who is that lady in the back by the fence?"
What lady? . . . . then we saw
her or at least what looks like her. It appears that by the black
wrought iron fence, there is a profile of a woman with her hair in a
bun, a white lacy blouse, and a black dress with a bustle in the back.
On her arm appears to be a purse of some kind. On close inspection you
can even see facial features. Also somewhere around her head area is a
orb like object that Jeff claims he can see facial features or a pig
snout in it . . .
A few weeks later, we returned
to Charleston and went back to the same cemetery at the same time of
day. We figured out the man was a couple of tombstones. We went back to
the same exact spot where I took the picture of the lady and there was
nothing there that could have made this image up. I took dozes more
pictures of the same area in the same way and nothing showed in the
We went on a ghost tour and
found out that Lavinia Fisher was buried in that graveyard as well as
the judge that sentenced her execution. It is apparently a famous
Charleston tale. Is that Lavinia we caught? Who knows . . . but legend
says she was a beautiful brunette and that she walks the graveyard
looking for the judge. One version of the story of Lavinia is below as I
found it online.