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Graveyard Shift

Leakin Park Is Infamously Known As Baltimore's Largest Open-Air Cemetery

Leakin Park provides much-needed green space to the city of Baltimore, MD. Though the park benefits the city in many ways - serving as a home to recreational sports teams, a nature preservation center, and plenty of hiking trails - among its winding roads and rustling branches lurks a dark history. Since 1946, authorities and passersby have discovered an estimated 79 bodies in Leakin's wooded areas. Due to numerous access roads, a lack of city upkeep, and no shortage of hidden areas off the beaten path, the park has become a popular place to hide victims of foul play, to the point that Leakin Park has become dubbed Baltimore's largest open-air cemetery.

Though Maryland is no stranger to creepy stories - Baltimore is also infamous for its murder mansion - Leakin Park's reputation has entered popular culture through podcasts and TV shows, such as Serial and The Wire. Recent efforts to build bike trails and limit access to shrouded wooded areas has made the park less attractive for depositing bodies, but offenders have continued to leave their victims there as recently as 2018.

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