The Witch of Skiatook, Oklahoma

Please remember that the urban legends posted here are just that. If I find any information that I seem fit to place as facts behind the urban legend I will post that as a part 2 to the first post.

Many places have been deemed as “haunted” or “demonic.”  I would personally call my visit to the Hillside Cemetery as haunting.  I visited the cemetery after viewing a YouTube video about the said “witch’s grave.”   A few, historical markers and winding back country roads later, I found the picturesque Hillside Cemetery. The cemetery is set between pastures on the rolling hills north-east of Skiatook.

Many of the gravestones are dated back to the late 1800s, with littering gravestones with worn away markings, leaving them bald and crumbling. Others still state infant deaths, or the eerie graves markers that only have dates printed on them.

I found the Witch’s Grave under an oak tree in the back section of the graveyard, not alone as one might expect, but surrounded by other burial sites. I was shocked by the writing on the coffin-shaped gravestone, as it stated exactly as one of the urban legends said that it would. I could see where other visitors had dug away at the sides of the gravestone, to be able to read the markings that are on the sides of the stone. Perhaps the cryptic bible verse from Samuel 12:23 is the reason for the widespread urban legend.

“But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

The story goes that the woman (the witch) was devoted to her husband beyond the day of his death. After her husband passed away she kept his body in their house, attempting to use spells to bring him back to life. The townspeople attempted multiple times to bury the witch’s husband in vain, because after they would bury his body, the witch would dig his body back up and return him to their home.

Finally the townspeople buried the witch’s husband, but this time they covered the coffin with concrete, to entomb it for the rest of time. The witch is said to haunt the grave at night still to this day. Reports of shrieks and screams, footsteps, and rocks being thrown whenever someone approaches the grave are extremely common. The witch was also said to have carved the Samuel 12:23 verse on his concrete gravestone with her bare fingernails in a way to return her husband to his living form.

There are other accounts of demonic possessions and the destruction of lives to those who disturb the witch’s grave. The Death of a young teen-age boy in the mid 70’s that wrecked his car at a very nearby bridge is known to walk the roads around the cemetery.

28 Comments

  1. Dina Day

    “Witches” in this sense do not exsist. The woman was probably mentally ill and may have been executed. The sterotype of the eccentric woman as a threat to society is dead, let it rest.

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    1. Sb

      The term “witch” is being used in reference to the urban legend. I am not meaning to imply the person buried under the grave stone is or was a witch.

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    2. John

      Way to get politics into this ghost story

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  2. Anonymous

    Yes they do. Spirits do too.

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  3. Katrina

    How can anyone say they don’t exisist? I believe in the unknown. always have always will.

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  4. alicia

    Actually it reads can’t bring him back, I shall go to him, he shall not return to me.

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    1. Sb

      Thank you for the correction. When I visited the grave site the inscription was not very legible.

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  5. Amber

    I’m confused. It said that the husband was buried with concrete over it, and this one has the message she left so wouldn’t it be the husband grave not hers.

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    1. Marla

      I was wondering the same-confusing!!

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  6. Sb

    Please refer to the linked post “The Truth About The Witch of Skiatook”

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  7. Ratherbedead

    If you knew my mother in law, you’d be convinced that witches exist.

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  8. ZWH

    That “winding road” is literally my driveway. If you stay up there too long an old ugly dude will come ask you why you are messing around at the cemetery. He is probably the one shrieking and throwing things. That is my dad. He is scarier than any witch. There are probably a few urban legends that are about him. Also, I am probably the one that was walking around the cemetery. When I was in high school I enjoyed walking around the road while reading. If you really want a haunting experience out there camp out on one of the old foundations that are scattered around in the middle of the woods. There are bottles, pots, and pans left there like the people who lived there just vanished one day.

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    1. Susan Moore Platt

      That road is a great scenic drive to Skiatook the back way.

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    2. Sara Ramsay

      Is the cemetery a private cemetery? I would love to visit it sometime. Not to meet witches, but maybe scary guy who could possibly share some history.

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  9. Steven

    we live in a world of infinite possabilities nothing is impossible just improbable I believe there is more to what we see and wanna think is real but to each there own believe

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  10. Stacy Smith

    Witches do exist. But they are nothing like the witches of fairy tales. A witch, or wiccan, is simply an individual who lives in harmony with nature. They prefer natural remedies over chemical ones. They avoid harmful pesticides and unnatural fertilizers. And no, they do not perform human or animal sacrifices. The witches motto is, Do as you will, but harm no one.

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    1. Tami

      Thank you. Wiccans get a bad rep and I for one am tired of it.

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  11. Justin

    Live a little ways up The street from there.
    Have a good friend buried there and I drive by there all the time all hours. Never seen any thing weird going on there, but then again Im not looking for any thing weird, Just a place my pastor and friend is buried.

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  12. Papoose

    Have you scouted out other places in Oklahoma? If so, where?

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    1. Tory

      We are in the process of scouting out different Urban Legends and plan to do more, such as the Spook Lights. We also plan to do Urban Legends all over the country as we have the time to visit those locations.

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    2. Sam

      Go see the ghost light of quapaw, ok…. Or joplin, mo… I do not remember who claims it..

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      1. Sb

        The Spirit Lights of Peoria OK will be a future post. Please check back soon. Thank you for the suggestion.

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  13. Really?!

    So not only do you have to make this some feminist thing, you also have to stretch the story to say she “may have been executed” to try to justify whatever garbage you’re already spewing. Is that anywhere in here? Where’s your research on that? Just keep your comments to yourself. You’re the worst type of person, ugh. Disgusts me.

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  14. Gina

    For those who say that ” witches” don’t exist, they do. Just as someone stated previously, witches or wiccan practitioners do exist. I do not believe that this person was eccentric or mentally ill. People like to blanket label those that they are afraid of or do not understand. We are not the witches of the fairy tales you grew up on. We do not make animal or human sacrifices. Wicca is a nature based religioun that takes a lot from the Native American beliefs. We believe the all things are alive. One of our rules are ” Do what year will, Harm ye none. We believe that what ever you put out there, whether good or bad will come back three fold. So until you do the research and get your facts together, please stop bashing our beliefs and practices. We are a peaceful people and only wish to be allowed to practice our beliefs in peace. If you have questions so, just ask ys. We will be happy to clear up any misconceptions.

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    1. Rita

      Witchcraft? Is it real

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  15. Jamie

    I have a very odd picture I took there one night of you would like to use it

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