Resurrection Mary the Vanishing Hitchhiker might be one of the most famous ghost stories in the Land of Lincoln.

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Since the 1920s, the legend of Resurrection Mary has been known by several Illinois residents. The story has a sad ending for Mary, but some say she roams still looking for her way home.

Mary was unfortunlety killed in a hit-and-run accident while she was walking home one night. Since then many people have seen a woman walking on the side of the road and simply vanishing when they get close to her. Some say she's looking for someone to pick her up and take her to Resurrection Cemetery (hence the name Resurrection Mary).  According to the story,

Her parents found her and were grief-stricken at the sight of her dead body. They buried her in Resurrection Cemetery, wearing a beautiful white dancing dress and matching dancing shoes. The hit-and-run driver was never found

However, others have looked into the story of the mysterious Mary (who is said to be buried in Resurrection Cemetery) to try and debunk the entire story. One gentleman was able to quickly debunk the story by looking through old newspaper clippings and found a story about Anna Norkus who was killed in an auto accident while on her way home.

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Whether you believe Mary is real or not, the story is infamous around the Chicago area and I even have heard of it here in central Illinois. I would be careful if you ever decide to visit Resurrection Cemetery. Just make sure you don't pick up any hitchhikers.

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