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These Cryptic Messages On Tombstones Only Hint At Their Terrifying Backstories

Updated September 13, 2021 2.4m views19 items

To really leave your mark upon this world when you depart, consider the different scary tombstone epitaphs available for your final resting place. While custom usually dictates the dead "rest in peace," you might see yourself more inclined to view your dirt nap as a chance to rile the place up even after you've gone. All manner of creepy mysterious tombstones exist out there for you to choose from if you feel more macabre as you decompose. Or perhaps you enjoy tormenting the living, in which case confusing epitaphs of strange elements of your life or philosophy will unnerve anyone foolish enough to go into a cemetery with a positive mindset.  

Looking at these unexplained epitaphs on tombstones, you can theorize various different fates that happened to those who dictated them. Many of people received their confusing tombstones years after their demise, so they don't even get a say in the eternal riddle which has become their memory. But the ones who laid down some fine lines before they croaked definitely roll around in their graves today, no doubt still amused by their final quips.

  • A Baby Who May Not Have Been Fully Human

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    This mysterious gravestone could have something to do with the 'Monster' being the last name rather than a descriptor. But during this time, the word 'monster' described someone or something with a severe deformity, meaning this baby may have been deformed in some way.

    Still, possibly just as disturbing, is that the baby was never given a name. This almost five months old child, never given an official name, was buried under the simple moniker "Baby." 

  • A Dwarf That Was Served In A Pie To King Charles

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    Jeffery Hudson, known as the Dwarf to the King, was a favorite companion to King Charles and his queen. While he lived, he possibly worked as a spy, served as a slave, and became an amazing storyteller in English court. He was first introduced into court in a pie by leaping out to surprise the king; he eventually earned the nickname of Lord Minimus. He died in the late sixteen hundreds, unknown and in exile, and buried in a mass grave.

  • This Tragic And Disturbing Look Into Our Past

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    This girl died in poverty, in shame from her family, trying to get an abortion after becoming pregnant before marriage. Even in the 1870s, this death still left those who created the tombstone feeling guilty. The story is pretty well spelled out here, as it is written on the tombstone:

    "Kate McCormick Seduced and pregnant by her father's friend, unwed, she died from abortion, her only choice. Abandoned in life and death by family. With but a single rose from her mother. Buried only through the kindness of unknown benefactors. Died Feb.1875 age 21.

    Victim of an unforgiving society, Have mercy on us." 

  • This Final Curse From A Very Angry Woman

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    Mary C. Dolencie, as you might guess, felt no love for her neighbors. However, she took her animosity to a whole new level, entertaining paranoid delusions that all her neighborhood conspired against her and wished her harm. A loner and a cat lady, she left almost everything to Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals when she died in 1985.

    During her life, neighbors say she would pick feuds and shine lights at different people. Since her death however, most townspeople say the "curse" has had little to no impact upon the community.