There's not a whole lot happening in rural Kansas, unless of course you're the Devil. According to some local lore, Hell's gate is in Kansas. The quiet, 19th century resting ground known as Stull Cemetery might just be one of the world's portals to Hell.
It's unclear why Satan would claim a small, sleepy rural town about 15 miles from Lawrence as his homebase. He seems like a true city-slicker. Maybe he was just looking to retire or wanted to be left alone (it must certainly be disheartening seeing your name attached to every bad thing that happens, ever). Either way, the town of Stull is said to be home to one of the few churches that sit on Hell's mouth. That's right, Satan's zip code is truly 666(06).
Places where people have reportedly found real portals to Hell are rare, but Stull Cemetery and the old stone church on its property is one of the most renowned. You don't get the title of most evil graveyard in America for nothing - you need sizable reports of ghosts, demons, and inexplicable supernatural occurrences. This property has had rumors swirling since the '70s, much to the dismay of the local police force. You'd think that few people are begging to knock on Satan's door, but when a Kansas church hides a portal to Hell, all hell truly does break loose.
This is the story of Stull Cemetery – a quiet, rural cemetery so frightening it had Ariana Grande, one of the most well-traveled pop stars in the world, turn right around. It is a cemetery so mysterious that it was featured on Supernatural. The devil is truly in the details.
Rain Won't Fall Inside The Church - It Is Always Bone Dry
Before it was bulldozed, the church at Stull Cemetery had been missing its roof since the 1920s. Because it had no roof, the entire inside of the church was subject to flooding when it rained - except strangely enough, it actually never flooded at all. It wasn't even wet.
According to urban legend, hundreds of witnesses said rain would not fall inside of the church. It would fall around the church and cemetery, but never inside. It was bone dry, even if it poured.
Ariana Grande Claims She Was Haunted After Visiting Stull Cemetery
Not every ghost story about Stull Cemetery is from an unnamed source. In fact, one of the world's biggest pop stars has seen the region's demons firsthand. Ariana Grande wound up visiting Stull Cemetery during a scheduled performance in Kansas City and spoke to Complex about the bizarre things that happened.
I felt this sick, overwhelming feeling of negativity over the whole car and we smelled sulfur, which is the sign of a demon, and there was a fly in the car randomly, which is another sign of a demon. I was like, 'This is scary, let’s leave.' I rolled down the window before we left and said, 'We apologize. We didn’t mean to disrupt your peace.' Then I took a picture and there are three super distinct faces in the picture - they’re faces of textbook demons.
Ariana didn't have the picture of proof because she deleted it after she tried to send it to her manager and got an error message saying "This file can't be sent, it's 666 megabytes." She had kept the image in a folder, but claimed weird and terrifying things kept happening to her. The weird things she described are frankly, pretty terrifying.
I was going to sleep about two weeks ago. I had just gotten off the phone and as soon as I closed my eyes I heard this really loud rumble right by my head. When I opened my eyes it stopped immediately, but when I closed my eyes it started again with whispers. Every time I closed my eyes I started seeing these really disturbing images with, like, red shapes. Then I opened my eyes and got back on the phone and was like, 'I’m really scared and I don’t want to go to bed tonight.' And then I scooched over to the left side of my bed, because that’s where the best service is in my room, and there was this massive black matter. I don’t know what it was... It was like a cloud of something black next to me.
Grande says she cried and watched it move in front of her bed before falling asleep on the phone. The next night, her friend Tyler spent the night and witnessed the same thing.
The Pope Once Rerouted A Flight To Avoid Flying Over The Cemetery
It's hard to tell which legends are true and false, but once the Vatican is involved, you know something is suspicious. Reportedly, Pope John Paul II declared Stull Cemetery evil in 1993 or 1995 (reports have conflicting information).
Allegedly, the Pope was meant to make a public appearance in Colorado when he redirected his private flight to avoid the airspace above Stull because he refused to fly over unholy ground.
On Halloween 1999, Reporters Hoping To Disprove The Legend Were Mysteriously Sent Away Just Shy Of Midnight
Stull doesn't particularly enjoy being known for having a portal to Hell, which is why a group of local reporters tried to put the rumors to rest once and for all. On Halloween in 1999, reporters from Lawrence Journal World and Sunflower Cable Station Channel 6 went to Stull Cemetery hoping to prove that Satan wasn't going to actually show up.
Roughly 30 minutes before the clock struck midnight, property owners sent them away, even though the reporters had received permission from the police to be there. Since then, it's been almost impossible to get permission to investigate the grounds, which has led some paranormal believers to think something is being hidden.