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Soop Cemetery

Soop Cemetery is one of the most misunderstood haunted cemeteries in Michigan. It is often associated with victim Jane Mixer, 23, of serial murderer, John Collins, being left on a grave in 1968. However, this did not occur at Soop. Jane, a law student of the University of Michigan, was left shot and strangled in a cemetery in Denton Township; not a cemetery on Old Denton Road.

The Legends of Seven Gables Road

Supposedly, and according to existing stories, there used to be an old house at the end of Seven Gables Road, a road that dead ends off of E. Dexter trail in Dansville, Michigan, Ingham county.

Graveyard Superstitions

Cemeteries have some of the strangest superstitions attached to them.

Gravity Hills in Michigan

Gravity hills exist all over the United States and have fascinated people with their ability to seemingly bypass the laws of physics as we know them. When something as heavy as a car should be going downhill, it appears to move up hill at these mysterious parts of the planet. But are they really all that mysterious?

Largest Christmas Store in the World? It’s in Michigan.

If you grew up in Michigan, chances are you made one, or many, family trips to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland.

Does Bigfoot Live in Michigan?

Reports of the hairy, 7 to 9 foot ape-like creature are in no short supply in Michigan’s past or the entire United States and Canada for that matter.

What do those symbols on old tombstones mean?

Have you ever wondered what some of those strange symbols on old tombstones mean? This list represents some of the most common symbols found in many Michigan cemeteries.

Hatchet Man Road

The legend states: A fellow in the 80’s built a fallout shelter beneath his home for his family. Paranoia growing greater, he took his family down there to live. At some point he lost it and killed his entire family with a hatchet and thus the road got its nickname: Hatchet Man Road.

Mishipeshu, the Guardian of the Sacred Copper

The ancient stories say it lives on Michipicoten Island on the Canadian side of cold Lake Superior and has the magical ability to cause nasty storms. It’s usually associated with more bad things in life than good, such as death and destruction, but as long as an offering was made to the creature, this could perhaps keep it calm if one had to travel by water.

Alexis St. Martin: The Man With A Hole In His Stomach

Alexis St. Martin lived one of the weirdest lives on record. Not only was he unfortunate enough to have part of his stomach blown off during an accidental shooting on Mackinac Island in 1822, he also spent the next ten years as guinea pig to a doctor who, among other things, dangled bits of food into St. Martin’s unhealed wound to study the effects of digestion, a process that wasn’t well understood at the time.

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