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Resurrection Mary

"The Most Famous Ghost in Chicagoland"

by: Troy Taylor

One of the Midwest's, and America's, favorite ghost stories is the tale of Resurrection Mary, the vanishing hitchhiker. The cemetery, located in Justice, Illinois has been home to this famous spirit since the 1930's.

The following is an excerpt. To read the full story visit the website, Ghosts of the Prairie, the home of the American Ghost Society.

One cold Winter night around 1934, a young girl was killed in an accident coming home from the O. Henry Ballroom (now Willowbrook Ballroom) on Archer Avenue in Justice, a southern suburb of Chicago. Her name was Mary and many believe that she may have been a young Polish girl named Mary Bregavy, although her exact identity is still unknown. The girl was buried in Resurrection Cemetery, dressed in her favorite gown and wearing the same dancing shoes she had worn on her final date.

She rested peacefully for the next five years, but in 1939 a cab driver picked up a young girl on Archer Avenue wearing a white gown. It was a snowy January night, but the girl was not wearing a coat. She jumped in the front door of the cab and sat by the driver. She gave him instructions to get her home, saying that he needed to go north on Archer. Suddenly, she told him to stop and the driver looked out the window to where she had pointed. He turned back to the passenger seat and saw that the girl had vanished. . .and the door had never opened. The cab was directly in front of Resurrection Cemetery.

Author Troy Taylor is seeking ghost stories, legends and first-hand accounts of spirits and the supernatural for an upcoming book called Haunted Illinois. If you have a story or a location within the state of Illinois that you would like to share, full credit will be given in the book.... although those who request it may remain anonymous.



Copyright 1998 Troy Taylor All rights reserved. This article is being reprinted on this site pending permission from the author.


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