In 1630, King’s Chapel Burying Ground was founded as the first burying ground in Boston after the property was acquired by the city from Isaac Johnson, a wealthy man who owned a lot of property in Boston at the time. Over a thousand Puritans and early Bostonians are buried at King’s Chapel, but only 500 headstones can be found in the burying ground. One of those headstones belongs to Elizabeth Pain, whose grave marker inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write ‘The Scarlett Letter.’
In the 18th century, a woman died, and her family bought her the only coffin they could afford, a really, really small one. When the woman was placed in the coffin, she was crunched up in it, and the lid couldn’t be closed. So what did the gravediggers do? They cut her head off and placed it between her legs. Ever since then the burying ground is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman without a head.
Strange lights have also been spotted at King’s Chapel at night, and typically photographs taken in the burying grounds have orbs in the pictures.
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