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.