Urban and Beyond

Kyleigh Maher, Reporter

In our normal lives, we don’t think much of what is around us. You should be looking up instead of down on your phone. There is a more supernatural thing happening near you right now. One of the supernatural is the “Devil chair.” There is multiple version of the “Devil Chair,” but the closest urban is Guthrie County, Iowa, and Highland Park Cemetery of Kirksville, Missouri. The Guthrie Country legend is when anyone willing to sit on the chair, will get very bad luck. Highland Park Cemetery has more story to it, the story goes.

The Devil’s Chair or Baird Chair as it is officially named in the Highland Park Cemetery of Kirksville, Missouri was first placed in the cemetery by Charles Grassle and David Baird when David’s wife, Anna Maria, died in 1911. It has become involved in “numerous legends of a type widely replicated across the U.S., especially in rural and small-town communities, and beloved of young people Some versions say that something dreadful will happen to the person so bold as to be seated in it at midnight or on a particular evening, such as Halloween, a hand will emerge from the grave and drag the impious one down to the underworld. Other versions suggest the intrepid one will be rewarded. 

The Ghost of George is a ghost legend told to be seen in an old house in Clarion. They say if you go into the house, walk upstairs and take one of the old family photos home and sleep with it, and when you wake up, the photo will be gone. When you go back into the old house, the photo will be back on the floor where you found it and there will be a dark figure in the picture. The figure’s name is George and he will haunt you after you touch the photograph. They say that if you let him touch you, he will take a part of your soul.

One last urban I’m going to tell you is a true story about the Villisca Ax Murder House known to be found in Villisca, Iowa. The story goes, On the night of June 9, 1912, eight members of the Moore and Stillinger family were brutally murdered. The unknown assailant murdered them in their sleep with an ax. The killer was never found, though George Kelly, a traveling preacher, was tried and acquitted of the crime.

In 2016, the house is empty, but the current owner opened it up for tours and paranormal investigations. Visitors have reported strange encounters including vanishing bloodstains, feelings of evil presences, unknown green lights, chills, unseen touches, and ghostly voices. You can book one night stay on their website called “https://www.villiscaiowa.com.” you can go to these place and see for yourself whether these legends is true or not.