Last we left off, the Church Hill Tunnel had collapsed. I briefly mentioned the story of one Benjamin F. Mosby who escaped out of the Eastern Entrance of the doomed tunnel with horrible burns and broken teeth only to die two days later at Grace Hospital. (Classic Schmosby!) Time for an urban legend…
If you believe the stories (they’ve made it all the way to the internet, they must be true!) the horribly disfigured creature that emerged from the fallen tunnel was… a vampire? Apparently, in the 1920s vampires all had horribly burned skin that was sloughing off of their bodies and broken teeth. It’s better than glittering, I guess. Anyway, the creature emerged from the wreckage and took off to the James River. (Naturally.) He then traveled approximately 3 miles, stopping to chit chat with a mind reading waitress on the way, and jumped into the tomb of one W. W. Pool, an accountant who had died (or did he?) in 1913.
Since then there have been reports of people breaking in and removing Mr. Pool’s remains, arranging them nearby into occult symbols by supposed Satanists. (Read drunk VCU students, because pretty much anything that happens can be blamed on drunk VCU students.) Having had quite enough of that, the remains were gathered and buried somewhere else and the doors were welded shut. So, if you’re into that kind of thing, you’re already too late.
My personal opinions on the matter are pretty much summed up on this statue:
Still, it’s a fun story to tell. Richard Foster and Janet Giampietro with Style Weekly did an interview with the REAL Richmond vampire back in 2000 that is worth a read. Part one can be found here and part two can be found here! Thanks to Amy Gawthrop for the link! Make sure you read her blog here: http://bobbinandsprocket.blogspot.com/ and follow her on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/BobbinNSprocket!
Is there anything in RVA YOU’VE been… dying (pause for laughter) to know more about? Leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I’m always up for exploring our area and finding local haunts!
PS: Hollywood Cemetery is WAY more than just the setting for an urban legend. I’ll definitely be exploring it more in the future for both it’s beauty and it’s historic significance. If you visit (which I highly recommend you do!) just remember that it is an active cemetery, and should be treated with the respect it deserves.