In this article we will be taking a look at what is known as the Dead Children’s Playground, in Maple Hills Park, Huntsville, Alabama. Many locals to the area now believe that children buried in the nearby cemetery, rise from the dead to claim the park for their play….
They Only Come Out at Night
The council and authorities of Huntsville, Alabama, decided that it was time to knock down an aging playground so that the nearby cemetery could be expanded slightly.
The local were less than impressed.
Within days of the authorities statement of intent, a public outcry was underway, that eventually managed to change the council’s minds. They even replaced the old play rides with modern play equipment.
Many believe that the public outcry was due to the fact that so many kids used the playground…but not all of those kids were flesh and bone…
Locals who live near the Maple Hill Park refer to the area as the ‘Dead Children’s Playground’. Over the years there have been numerous paranormal reports linked to the area.
Most of these incidents have occurred after dark. Witnesses have claimed to have heard the ghostly yells of mothers calling out to their children, children playing, children calling out to each other and the sound of numerous small feet pattering around the area.
Locals believe that the most active time for this paranormal force is between the hours of 10 pm and 3 am – this is the time when the dead children know it is safe to come out and play.
The Nearby Cemetery
The nearby cemetery is called Maple Hill Cemetery, and many paranormal investigators believe that this is where the ghostly children come from at night.
It is the biggest cemetery in the Huntsville area, with over 80,000 burials throughout it’s history. The oldest intact grave marker is that of infant Mary Frances Atwood, who was buried there in 1820.
Strangely enough, the Dead Children’s Playground also has a popular urban legend linked to it…
The Child Disappearances
During the the early 1950’s, the area where the playground was built was apparently a limestone quarry. The cliff faces that surround the children’s area were all put in place during this quarry work time.
The quarry was closed, and nature moved back in, creating natural bushland, filled with weeds and trees.
In the 1960’s, a rather sinister individual decided that this overgrown area would be perfect for his/her twisted actions…
Around this time, a series of child disappearances began to be reported in Huntsville…unfortunately, none of these children ever turned up…alive.
A local man who was walking his dog through the quarry area, stumbled across a tiny skull, and reported the find to the police. The whole area was searched thoroughly and several young bodies were uncovered.
They never managed to track down the twisted murderer, but they did find out more about the children who were killed. The bodies revealed that they were probably detained for long periods, and were suffering from Malnutrition.
The children’s remains were eventually buried in the nearby Maple Hill Cemetery.
Are these the children that use the park between the hours of 10 pm to 3 am?
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