In Oct. 25 IssueRussell County NewsBy Greg Well, Managing Editor
"The woods are lovely dark and deep," and Aron Houdini had miles to go, deep into them to return to a graveyard.
Houdini was preparing for his next appearance at the Star Theater, during their Ghost Stories presentation this week.
At this grave yard in the past there have been "orbs" that have shown up in some of the photos they've taken. These orbs are said by some to be the evidence of spirits inhabiting the area.
"I first found this place when some friends and I were out four-wheeling," Houdini said. "It was a mess; we spent the next four days cleaning it up."
He was fascinated by the tombs which were carved from native rock and erected over the graves.
The cemetery dates at least to the mid 1800s but there are many markers that have dates that are unreadable. Some of the markers are nothing more than a flat rock jutting up from the soil.
The graves rest in a shallow saddle on a low ridge in the county. Since it is deep inside private property and susceptible to vandals Houdini doesn't give out the location.
He walks among the stones, filming as the fall sunset steals the light from around him.
His next stop is miles away at an abandoned house, one of two in the area that he said has a reputation for being haunted.
Inside there are splatters and sprays of a dark substance that once was a liquid, but is now part of the walls themselves.
He recounts the tale of a family that lived there and the gruesome deaths that befell them.
"I was out here one time and this guy walked up. He said he'd lived here back in the '40s," the magician said. "He told me his great-grandfather, and his grandmother and grandfather are all died in the house and are buried here."
He smiles broadly.
"I kind of felt bad," he said.
But it wasn't sorrow for the man's loss, it was a guilty conscience.
"My friends and I used to come up here when we were in high school," Houdini began. "We made up this whole story about how this family had been killed and we just used it to scare the girls."
But the story took on a life of its own and when he moved back to the area he said someone told him of a haunted house, and described it.
"I couldn't believe it was the same house, the same story we'd made up all those years ago," Houdini said.
As for the dark tombs in the grave yard, they are simply rocks placed over graves, as is some people's custom. And the orbs, in low light if you'll scare up a few bugs, they reflect a camera flash nicely, but when the bugs are gone you have to toss a hand full of dirt into the air before the camera flashes.
As for the "blood" on the walls of the house, seems it was the scene of a high school movie production some years back and the dark liquid, chocolate syrup.