Posts Tagged ‘Children’

The cemetery is located in Liverpool and has been recently granted money to restore the Jewish plot. A good thing too as it’s another piece of history that we shouldn’t let go to waste, well that and of course there’s always a good ghost story or point of interest if I’ve dug it up to read about right?

The Dean Road Cemetery is a burial ground that has been used for numerous Jewish families dating back to the 17th Century. It fell into disrepair sometime in the 18th Century, and residents around the area have said they heard children’s screams in the middle of the night or in the houses the doors slammed and furniture would sometimes be found moved without explanation.

Some of the older houses on the street may well have been part of the slave trade, slaves were undoubtedly kept in some horrific conditions in larger homes as the basements could be used to keep them away from prying eyes during the 198th Century. There have been reports of screaming, scratching sounds, loud footsteps, doors shutting and locking… and even possession.

The Cemetery Website



There are ghost tours and investigations but there are other interesting points about this cemetery that may warrant a visit if you are in Indianapolis. John Dillinger the bank robber and Dr Richard Jordan Gatling the inventor of the Gatling Gun are buried at the cemetery that has been used for the last 150 years, it was dedicated in June 1864 and is set like many of the Victorian cemeteries of it’s time.

Community Hill sits next to the larger more commercial part of the cemetery and is not so well advertised, most likely due to the sad history attached to it. It is where the poorer side of the city rested and were left for those widows, orphans and people with little to their name at the time. They are the ones who are either unrecorded or have had their histories erased.

Along the buried are 700 children in graves that are unmarked, they were unwanted by anyone alive and even in death have been left neglected. They came from three public orphanages – Indianapolis Children’s Asylum, the Board of Children’s Guardians Home and the Asylum for Friendless Colored Children all between 1892 and 1980. More than half were boys, two thirds were white and they range from a few months to 15 years old.

It is worth noting that many of them were likely brought to these places in ill health, neglected and suffering malnutrition. These already dire situations were then made worse due to the situation they were left in.

Click here to get a link to the memorial for the children that has been established.

For some reason this rather grim character is still quite fascinating. We are filled with the tales of Vlad and Bathory, this chap seems to fit in rather well in a list of evil figures of the past.

In 1404 the wife of Guy de Laval gave birth to his son, as she lay exhausted with the child in her arms I doubt she would have known what he was going to grow up to be. He was an orphan by aged 11 and heir to a vast fortune. By 16 years old he had increased his wealth by abducting and then secretly marrying his cousin, Catherine of Thouars. It was only one of many scandals he was due to cause.

A period of decadence was brought to a halt with a call to arms by the King of France (then Charles VII) and Gilles De Rais was appointed Marshall of France and also the Protector of Joan of Arc in 1429. He fought loyally for a woman who claimed that God had called her to lead the French Army and when she was burnt at the stake by the English in 143, it is said that he went into a state of self-destructive madness.

He then retreated to his castle at Tiffauges where he turned to the practise of alchemy, he wanted his fortune back and thought that it might give him the answer.  He imported sorcerers from around Europe, he was under the influence of a sadistic one named Francesco Prelati and was told to get the Devil to help him succeed he needed to carry out the worst and most abominable crimes.

Because of this Gilles De Rais went from a Marshall of France that could have been a hero in the annals to a sadist and villain. For the rest of his life his time was spent with torture, sexual abuse and murder of young children who were mostly boys.  In 1440 he was taken to the city of Nantes where he was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging.