Has anyone here ever heard of Mercy Brown, the 'vampire' of Rhode Island? If so, have you heard of the urban legend surrounding her grave in
Chestnut Hill cemetary in Exeter, RI? First, here are a couple of links to the history of Mercy Brown. If you're still interested after that, below
I'll briefly go over the legend surrounding it and my first-hand experiences on the subject. First, the links:
Mercy Brown, the Rhode Island Vampire
Grave of Mercy L. Brown
So here is the basic word-of-mouth legend that is popular among teenagers in RI. First, obviously, you visit the grave, which is down a very long,
windy road through mostly woods. Upon leaving the cemetary and making your way back up the road, an apparition of Mercy Brown will appear either
directly in front of your vehicle or in front of the driver or passenger windows. There are supplementary events that are said to happen as well, such
as spontaneous bleeding from the arms and car headlights that suddenly appear behind you and follow until you reach the main road again, but with no
car behind said headlights.
I heard this legend many times as a teenager in high school (I am 24 now), but never went myself; it simply didn't interest me. I did, however, speak
to other people who visited the site, and both people, who went on separate occasions, confirmed the appearance of the apparition. One of them
confirmed random bleeding on her arm. Please keep in mind that these statements were coming not from me, but from young teenagers in a very boring
Last week, an old friend of mine from NYC came to my home to visit for a few days. He had heard about the Mercy Brown story from a 'cheesy ghost show
on the Travel Channel.' Having a few hours to kill before our plans that evening, we decided to go put the urban legend to the test ourselves, and
departed for the site just after sunset (around 6ish).
About 15 minutes later, I find myself standing in the middle of Chestnut Hill Cemetary (from where I live in Rhode Island, I can get to just about
in the state in under 20 minutes). Using the weakest flashlights imaginable, we located the headstone of Mercy Brown. To our utter
surprise, it looked EXACTLY like it does in the pictures (sarcasm). Unimpressed, we left shortly thereafter to get to the good stuff: the drive back.
We traversed the long, rough, dark road in its entirety. Know what we experienced? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! We turned around, drove back to the cemetary,
and again drove the length of the long, rough, dark road. This time, you guessed it, nothing happened. We tried one last time before jumping back onto
Route 4 to go home. This last try was especially frightening. About half-way up the road, I looked at my friend and saw his head lean back and touch
the headrest of the seat. His eyes closed and his mouth opened, then his head suddenly jerked in my direction so his face was about a foot away from
the right side of my own...and he sneezed. Right in my face. 10 seconds later he repeated the action, again purposely sneezing directly in my face.
I honestly never expected anything to happen as I give no credibility to any urban legends surrounding this particular site. I believe that anyone who
claims to have had an experience at this location typical of what was described above was simply either trying too hard to scare themselves or wanting
to see something too much. In my mind, case closed.
If anyone would like to dig up information on a supposedly paranormal location in Rhode Island, I'll gladly entertain the idea of visiting the place
with a video camera, as long as no trespassing is involved. Last year I was nearly arrested for exploring another supposedly haunted place in RI known
as the 'Ladd School.' Needless to say I'd like to avoid that, but I'm open to suggestions!