5 Creepiest & Strangest Tombstones

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Just in case you wake when you're dead... Dark5 presents the Lazarus Window and more photos of the strangest tombstones ever uncovered...

1. Baby Monster
Some of the earliest settlers of the Washington Territory, including veterans of the civil war, are buried in Saar Pioneer Cemetery…
…and among the graveyard’s many stones is one with a name: “BABY MONSTER / Born Oct 23, 1888 / Died Feb 3, 1889.”
Because the infant mortality rate was so high at the time, it was common for new children not to be named for weeks…
…but Baby Monster lived for more than three months, an unusually long time for a baby to go without a name.
Some speculate the child’s name isn’t included because he wasn’t baptized, or because the tombstone was dedicated by people unfamiliar with his name.
According to records, three other “Monster” family members are thought to be buried in unmarked graves in the same graveyard.
2. The Tombstone of Marie de Nègre d'Ables
When Priest Antoine Bigou commissioned the carving of the tombstone for French Dame Marie de Nègre d'Ables’ in 1781…
…it was rumored that he incorporated clues to a mysterious hidden treasure in the characters on Marie’s tombstone.
According to legend, in the 1890’s a steward of the graveyard, Antione Sauniere, spent years deciphering Bigou’s clues…
…eventually chiseling the text out of the tombstone in an apparent effort to prevent others from solving the mystery.
Residents of Sauniere’s village at the time reported that he had a wall built around the cemetery and was often seen digging around at night.
The original tombstone has gone missing in the years since, so it is impossible to know for sure what the hidden message really was.
This 1905 drawing allegedly depicts the writing on the tombstone, and a replica exists at the Museum at Rennes-le-Château.
Many since Sauniere have claimed to have deciphered the stone’s code, though nobody has been able to locate the original tomb or the treasure.
3. Dr. Timothy Clark Smith
In the 19th century, reports of Lazarus Syndrome, or “the spontaneous return of circulation after failed attempts at resuscitation…”
…led to many exhumed coffins from the era having scratch marks on their lids and corpses huddled in a ball, indications of life after burial.
Acutely aware of this phenomenon as a physician, Dr. Timothy Clark Smith of New Haven, Vermont, had a particular fear of being buried alive…
…and designed this gravestone for himself that includes a window from the surface directly down so people could see if he were still alive.
Also meant to allow Smith to see his wife in the afterlife, it was actually useless, as her tomb was directly underneath his.
Since his death, many have reported seeing a mysterious green light or the doctor’s face appearing in the grave’s unusual window.
4. Mortsafes
In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was routine in Europe for bodies to be exhumed without permission or knowledge of the family…
…to be dissected by medical students and physicians studying human anatomy and physiology, as cadavers were in short supply at the time.
Medical schools would buy bodies without asking questions, which led to an entire industry of illicit body snatching.
As fear of being dug up after burial spread, people began looking for solutions to protect their bodies post-mortem…
…including the formation of “Watching Societies” where villagers would take turns watching over local graveyards.
Finally, in 1817 the mortsafe was invented as a device made of stone and iron rods that lock together over coffins, protecting them from thieves.
The mortsafe would be placed on graves for six weeks after burial, until it was decomposed enough to be worthless to theives…
…and it appeared to be one of the more effective means of preventing body snatching.
5. Lord Minimus
When Jeffrey Hudson was 9 years old and a mere 19-inches (48 cm) tall, he was “presented” to English King Charles I by his father…
…arriving, as noted on this contemporary grave marker, “in a pie,” from which he leapt out as a gift to surprise the king.
The queen, Henrietta, is said to have taken a liking to the small boy and employed him as a page on the royal court…
…often posing him in official portraits with her, and allegedly having him ride around in the pocket of the king’s porter.
Earning the name “Lord Minimus,” Hudson was an active figure in court intrigue until he was exiled for killing a man in a duel.
The man, either underestimating Hudson or intending to play a joke, arrived with only a squirt gun and was shot by Hudson right between the eyes.

5 Creepiest & Strangest Tombstones