The Curse of the Chain Strangler

In June of 1938, in a little town in Eastern Kentucky, Pruitt returned home after a day of work and expected to find his wife in the kitchen. Instead, he found her in a bedroom with another man. Enraged, Pruitt grabbed a chain and started to strangle her and her lover used the opportunity to flee the scene. After she was dead, Pruitt committed suicide and for pretty obvious reasons, Pruitt’s wife’s family demand that he be buried in another graveyard in another town, and they got their wish. Carl’s body was buried in a cemetery miles away, but that’s when things started getting strange. Carl Pruitt wasn’t exactly resting in peace.

Several weeks later, cemetery workers noticed his grave stone had become discolored in the pattern of a chain, and became frightened. Visitors first began to notice that the patch of grass covering Carl’s grave was always discolored, with the mysterious off-colored grass growing in circular shapes. Eventually the circles began growing together, as many have pointed out, in the shape of a chain. People began to come from all over to see the bizarre markings surrounding the grave of “The Chain Strangler”, and it wasn’t long before someone decided to vandalize Carl’s final resting place. James Collins, a local boy, threw stones at Carl’s grave, and on his way home, the chain came off his bike, strangling him as he wrecked. Jame’s mother, in her grief, destroyed Carl’s grave with a small axe. The next day while hanging out the families laundry, she slipped and strangled on her clothesline.
 
Carl Pruitt

Despite the warnings, there were always a few foolish enough to test the legend themselves, including two police officers who took photos of themselves in front of Carl’s tombstone. After laughing about the silly legend and proving their bravery, the two men left the cemetery only to notice a strange ball of light following their squad car. Terrified, the men began speeding to escape the glowing orb, and in the process, slammed their vehicle into a fence, decapitating one officer with a chain and throwing the other from the car.

By the late 1940s, most people knew better than to tempt Carl’s spirit, but in one final act of disbelief, a man who locals say was intent on destroying the Chain Strangler’s headstone with a hammer was found dead outside the graveyard, the chain used to lock the cemetery gates wrapped around his neck.

Shortly after the incident, a local mining company purchased the land, exhuming the bodies and relocating them to new cemeteries around the country. Carl Pruitt’s infamous marker was removed and disposed of in an unnamed place, and just like that, the murderous ghost of the Chain Strangler seemed to disappear.

Sources:

http://weekinweird.com/2016/07/30/curse-of-the-chain-stranger-carl-pruitts-murderous-ghost-killed-from-beyond-the-grave/
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