Reynolds Cemetery & the Crouch Murders
F or decades, people have gathered every year on the night of November 21 at the Reynolds Cemetery in Jackson, Michigan, hoping to see the reunion of two lost souls. Gathering might not be as common as it once was in the past, as creepy neighbors with shot guns and the police are a few of the factors that keep the curious ghost hunters away from the cemetery these days. So be warned.
On the night of November 21, 1883, everyone in the Jacob Crouch home was brutally murdered. Everyone was shot while they sleep. Jacob Crouch was 73 years old and his daughter Eunice was sadly nine months pregnant. Along with Jacob and Eunice, Moses Polley, a family friend, and Eunice’s husband Henry were also killed. It is one of Jackson’s most famous, and unsolved mysteries from the city’s past.
What was so bizarre about these murders was the lack of a solid motive. One thing is for certain, who ever the killer was, wanted the whole family and anyone associated with them, dead. Two months after the night of the murders, Jacob Crouch’s other daughter Susan, was also found dead. She had apparently been poisoned. A farm hand of Jacob’s wound up killed as well. The murders were never solved and no one was ever convicted.
Shortly after the killings, people started to report seeing a hazy white, cloud-like mist traveling between St. John’s Cemetery to Reynolds Cemetery five miles down the road. The strange apparition would stop in front of the grave of Jacob Crouch where he is buried in Reynolds Cemetery and slowly disappear. It is the ghost of Eunice White visiting her father? Some think it is. So at some point, a yearly vigil started to take place at Reynold’s Cemetery in the hopes of seeing the ghostly visit take place.
Over the years, the police and neighbors have been involved in keeping people away from the popular spot on November 21, so it isn’t advised to hang out there on the anniversary unless some type of permission is granted by the right people.
**All cemeteries should be entered with respect. Leave them like you found them. Don’t liter, don’t vandalize anything or so help me, 10,000 demons will strike you down. If the cemetery has hours posted, respect that or find out how to get permission to be in after hours. Many times a simple phone call to the right person will grant access into a cemetery after it’s closed. If you can’t get access, enjoy the cemetery during open hours. I am a firm believer that spirits don’t just come out at night. I think it’s just “ghost hunters” who only come out at night. Respect nearby private property and don’t trespass where you do not belong.