myhauntedsalem: Mount Carmel’s Italian Bride


Mount Carmel’s Italian Bride

Mount Carmel is a large cemetery located near Chicago in Hillside, Illinois. It is predominately a Catholic-Italian cemetery and many Roman Catholic cardinals and priests are buried here.

This cemetery also is the final resting place for several famous gangsters, including Al Capone.

But by far Mount Carmel’s most famous grave belongs to the “Italian Bride.” A beautiful female statue holding a bouquet of flowers in her arms marks this gravesite near the Harrison Street entrance.

Julia Buccola Peta died in 1921 in Schaumburg at the age of 29 from complications during childbirth. Julia had a high fever and her baby was stillborn.

She originally was interred in a modest grave at Mount Carmel. She was buried in her wedding gown—this is a traditional Sicilian custom when a mother dies during childbirth. It honors those who give up their lives for a child.

Shortly after Julia’s burial her mother, Philomena, sometimes spelled Filomena, began to have unusual dreams. In these her deceased daughter would beg and plead with her to “exhume her grave.”

When these dreams continued this distraught mother approached her priest, the local police and the cemetery officials in an effort to have her daughter exhumed.

It took six years but permission was finally given to Philomena. In 1927, the grave of Julia was dug up and the casket was lifted out.

When the lid was opened to everyone’s surprise Julia appeared as she had in life. Her body had not decayed. The infant body that lay next to her however had decomposed.

Julia’s family and friends declared that her uncorrupted body meant that she was a saint. Her body was reburied but now a grand monument—a statue fashioned after a photograph taken at Julia’s wedding—was placed on her grave.

Her gravesite now displays this photo that the statue depicts as well as a photograph taken of her body lying in her casket after she was exhumed—this photo shows the body of a girl in perfect condition. An inscription near it reads:

“Questa fotografia presa dopo 6 anni mortu.” Which translated means– After six years, I am finally free from nightmares.

Julia or the Italian Bride was now viewed as “the Mount Carmel Cemetery miracle.”

But this story does not end here.

Just east of this cemetery on Wolf Road sits West High School. Several of the students at this school have reported seeing a girl walking through Mount Carmel at night.

In 1976, one scary sighting of this ghost ended a school dance being held near Halloween.

A carload of students driving down Harrison Street was startled to see a girl walking through the tombstones. They stopped their car to get a better view.

At first, they thought someone was playing a Halloween prank but as they watched it became clear it wasn’t. They became frightened when they realized that despite the pouring rain this girl who was 30 feet from their car was completely dry.

Her hair and clothes were untouched. They left the area quickly.

The Hillside Police Department has taken some unusual reports connected to this haunting. One common report is that people see strange objects floating around the cemetery.

Julia’s ghost is seen most often near a small administration building just outside the Harrison Street entrance.

People walking passed this area late at night report seeing her wearing a wedding gown that seems to “glow.” A strange bright light was also spotted in 1978, illuminating her gravesite.

Many witnesses recently have reported smelling the scent of “tea roses” at her gravesite. These witnesses smelled this aroma in the wintertime when all the flowers in the cemetery are dormant.

One classic story told about Julia reflects her ghost means no harm. A young boy who got lost in the cemetery told his parents that a nice, pretty lady wearing a wedding dress helped him find them.

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The Little Red Man

Napoleon interpreted his dreams and he liked to tell ghost stories. He firmly believed in a Little Red Man of Destiny who foretold his future, and let this belief influence his decisions. A thoughtful historical look at Napoleon should include his superstitions and folklore beliefs, and an assessment of how much they influenced his actions.

The Little Red Man of Destiny was a legendary ghost who had appeared at the Tuileries Palace, a royal place that stood on the right bank of the River Seine in Paris until 1871. Since the time of Catherine de Medici, every time that an important event was going to happen to one of the inhabitants of the Tuileries, legend has it that the Little Red Man of Destiny appeared. Henri IV supposedly saw him on the morning of the day that Francois Ravaillac assassinated him. Anne d’ Autriche saw him a few days before the Fronde began. Marie Antoinette saw him in the corridor the day before August 10, 1792, when the mob stormed the Tuileries Palace and ended the monarchy.

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The Hay House
Macon, Georgia

The Hay house was built in 1859 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1974. The house has seen several owners up until 1962, when it was converted into a museum. In 1977 the home was donated to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, which runs the home as a museum, education and cultural event center as well as a tourist attraction. It remains as such to this day.

There have been many reports of hauntings by employees and visitors alike, one of the most common is that of seeing the apparition of an elderly woman dressed in a gown of the mid 1800’s fashion roaming the hallways, who she is however remains a mystery.

Other reports include unexplained cold spots on the stairs, footsteps in empty hallways, doors being slammed shut on their own and the feeling of someone breathing over your shoulder. The other common report is to hear the sound of moaning coming from the master bedroom.

There is a story of how one of the residents of the house died from an illness within the room, their identity though, is difficult to uncover. Could this be the elderly lady seen stalking the halls?

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It is hardly surprising that the first thing Bayer did after completing
their takeover of Monsanto earlier this month was to announce that they
were dropping the Monsanto name, merging the two companies’ agrichemical
divisions under the Bayer Crop Science name. After all, as everyone
knows, Monsanto is one of the most hated corporations in the world. But
Bayer itself has an equally atrocious history of death and destruction.
Together they are a match made in hell.