Resurrection Mary is a well-known Chicago area ghost story of the “vanishing hitchhiker” type, a type of folklore that is known from many cultures. The urban legend is based outside of Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois, a few miles southwest of Chicago. Resurrection Mary is considered to be Chicago’s most famous ghost.
The story goes that a woman named Mary stormed out of a dance after fighting with her date. She was hit by a car and killed on the now-infamous road she continues to haunt.
Since the 1930s, several men driving northeast along Archer Avenue between the Willowbrook Ballroom and Resurrection Cemetery have reported picking up a young female hitchhiker. This young woman is dressed somewhat formally in a white party dress and is said to have light blond hair and blue eyes. When the driver nears the Resurrection Cemetery, the young woman asks to be let out, whereupon she disappears into the cemetery.
Nowadays she got tired of haunting and one of our reporters has traveled to Chicago’s Archer Road to interview Mary on her last day of haunting, who nostalgically tells us why she quits after 90 years as “Resurrection Mary”.
“The scares are not what they used to be, I got bored waiting to haunt. Many years ago, one old car would pass by at 30 km/h and whoever was driving had enough time to see you, to be scared and even to pee on himself. Nowadays with the new cars and technology, they pass by too fast, people don’t even notice if they have seen a ghost, a sign or the eyes of a rabbit ”.
“I remember one day when I was coming drunk from a party near the Cemetery, an officer stopped his police car thinking I was lost. what a face!! when he notice I was a ghost. Then we became friends and we had long coffee nights, more than once, while I waited for a slow car to pass by”.