Victim of the Beast

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Single tree RS

Venturing out to find some leaf-less trees, I thought the perfect spot might be the Cemetery. (Obviously they ARE not leaf-less yet)


1862 OLD RS          This particular one is cracking and falling apart… wonder if it will make another 100 years +.

LionAnd then I came across a very unique head stone… never mind the Lion that he could look clear through you… *shiver*

lilly-gray-tombstone RS

Then…Amidst other graves with headstones that read… “In Loving Memory…” or ” Beloved Mother” or “Honored Father…” was this very Unique headstone of

Lilly E  Gray… June 1881 to 1958 a Victim of the Beast 666.

After doing a bit of reserch this is actually a legendary grave site. For years there have been rumors and speculation as to what this tumbstone ment. Obviously a reference to the New Testements Revelation Chapter 13th about the anti-christ.  No one has done more reserch than Richelle Hawks (click here if you are interested in the entire story) who still is looking for anyone who would have any answers about dear Lilly…

Finding the truth will, perhaps, establish finally that Lily was not a victim of the Beast at all, but only of a notorious and cruel epitaph. If she was a victim in life, we’re sure she now rests in peace…

Angel ending RS

And is an angel among us…

Please stop by to say hi to our lovely hostess Susan at  A Southern Daydreamer with OUT DOORS Wednesday.

TTFN~~ Claudia  ♥ ♥

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October 20, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Uncategorized | 38 comments


38 responses to “Victim of the Beast”

  1. Kathy says:

    This looks like a very interesting cemetary.  I’m intrigued by that headstone, I’ll be checking out the link.  I do so love the statue of the angel! But the lion is a bit creepy.  Hope you are having a wonderful week.

  2. Kathleen says:

    The angel is beautiful!

  3. What a neat idea for a Halloween post! I think old gravestones are interesting… you discovered a great one!

  4. Ebie says:

    Claudia, I love how you muted the color of the photos.  Made it more eerily beautiful.
    I will hop over to read more about Lilly.
    Happy Wednesday!

    <a href=” ter-fragrance/”>Ebie’s Outdoor Wednesday.</a>

  5. Lisa Shatzer says:

    Such beautiful photos and an interesting story.

  6. Karen Cox says:

    Hi Claudia,
    One of my good friends loves to photograph a cemeteries.  She is a professional photographer and says that black and white photos are great there.  We recently went to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery together to photograph Louisa May Alcott’s grave and Emerson.  It was really cool.  I love your photography.    I will follow the link to read your research.  Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

  7. Thanks for stopping by my site Claudia.  Your Outdoor Wednesday post is very interesting.  I enjoyed reading that spooky little bit of history!  Your black and white pictures are beautiful too.  So much can be learned by visiting old cemeteries.  Hope you have a great Outdoor Wednesday : )  Sherri

  8. Ooooooooo I really love your post! Especially the black and white photos… That makes it just a bit spookier! I think my favorite photo tho… it the cracking and falling apart gravestone… its beautiful! Great post Claudia! Happy ODW!
    <i>~Really Rainey~</i>

  9. luna miranda says:

    these are very interesting photos! “victim of the beast 666” is scary…i have goosebumps when i read it!

  10. Ooooooooo I really love your post! Especially the black and white photos… That makes it just a bit spookier! I think my favorite photo tho… it the cracking and falling apart gravestone… its beautiful! Great post Claudia! Happy ODW!
    ~Really Rainey~

  11. I love  graveyards, especially old ones.  I never understood why people are scared of them.  Bit, if I had stumbled upon this headstone, I think it would given me a start!

  12. Joyce M says:

    Congratulations you sure picked spooky pictures for Outdoor Wednesday.  Great job!
    Joyce M

  13. Regina says:

    Fantasize shots.  Great b/w.

  14. chubskulit says:

    It is indeed a very unique grave stone.  I love the angel structure!

    here’s my first <a href=””>Outdoor Wednesday</a> entry!

  15. Cindy says:

    Oh, thats just too freaky!  Your pics are  so eeery, neat shots~  Cindy

  16. I love graveyard photos….and I love visiting graveyards.
    Excellent photography.
    Mine today is the Annual Jazz Festival in town.  Come by if you can.  <a href=”http://hootin– oin-as-i-had.html”>CLICK HERE</a>

    Have a glorious Wednesday.

  17. Becky K. says:

    Love the black and white.  Very creative.  I also love to visit old cemeteries and just read the stones wondering about those lives…gone but not completely forgotten.

  18. Rebekah says:

    I love headstones, but have never seen or heard of anything like poor Lily’s.  I’m going to read the whole story you have linked to. 
    Thanks for sharing and stopping by to see me.  I couldn’t get the link at A southern daydreamers to work, so I just came on over. 

  19. Sherry says:

    Hello My Sweet Friend!
    I absolutely loved this precious trip with you this morning.  I loved the lion as my Daddy and one of my sons are both Leo’s.  The angel is so serene.  She talks as she writes. Love it, and thank you for sharing.

    I arrived home on Saturday evening after driving about 20+ hours, packed on Sunday and believe it or not I am in your great city I believe of Salt Lake. I am at a conference on the campus and am staying at the University Guest House.  Will be flying back home tomorrow evening. It has been a very nice conference, but I am tired and ready to go home.

    Hope to get blogging again this weekend.  I have truly had withdrawals.

    Take care my precious friend.  Love and hugs, Sherry

  20. Mary says:

    What a wonderfully timely post. It’s that time of year when  witches, goasts and goblins fit right in with cemetaries. You photos are stunning and the image of the angel is just wonderful. I hope you are having a great Outdoor Wednesday.

  21. Becky says:

    Great post and you have some fabulous photos…they’re great!!!

  22. Tracy says:

    I love your posts Claudia!  Whoever Lilly was, she at least lived a relatively long life.  I am going to follow the link and read further.   I agree that it was probably just a cruel epitaph from a bitter relative.  How sad though.  I love visiting old cemeteries and reading the headstones.  Great pictures.  My favorite is the angel. 

    Thank you for sharing these with us.

    ~ Tracy

  23. Shirley says:

    Wonderful post .. very appropriate for this time of year.  I especially like that you did them in B&W.  The angel statue is gorgeous.

  24. Beautiful angel!  You did a great job on the pictures.

  25. Pat says:

    Hi Claudia
    If you saw my mosaic Monday blog post you ‘ll know how  much I love old cemeteries –I do volunteer work in a historical one. 🙂  This cemetery looks like a very interesting place to wander around in.  I’m intrigued by the epitaph on poor Lily’s grave and will read the link. I like the lion… he is the symbol of strength and righteousness.  The angel is beautiful! My favorite symbol of all.

  26. fiberdoodles says:

    Oooo this is so interesting!  I must go and read…

  27. RobinfromCA says:

    This is a great Halloween-ee post!  Poor Lily/Lilly.  There must be some family member out there who has journals with information about her in them.  I am choosing to believe the best about her – bless her little heart.
    BTW – love that the photos are in B&W!

  28. Charlene says:

    Claudia, this was such a cool post.  The photos are interesting & I like the use of Black & White to do them.  But, the strange grave marker for Lilly was really weird.  The way you ended it… Perfect!  Great Job!

    Thank you for visting Ms Reba & I for Outdoor Wednesday.

  29. ellen b says:

    I really enjoy strolling in cemetaries. That epitaph truly raises a lot of questions. As many questions about the person who would pay to have that inscribed and Lilly!
    Great shots Claudia…

  30. Claudia, 
    You are welcome to stop by as often as you like.  I love company!!!

  31. A Grain of Salt says:

    This is my first visit to your blog. Very impressive!

  32. I too enjoy mosing through cemetaries, reading headstones. They make me wonder what the person was like. You usually can tell something from their age and their epitaph.
    What a great one for this time of the year!  We are going to see’ Miss Snooty and Beast’ at Desert Star this week. I hope dear Lilly was the same sort of beast:-)
    Witches blessings coming your way!

  33. I left out the word victim… I hope dear Lilly was the victim of the same sort of beast:-)! 

  34. Claudie says:

    You “WOW” me every time Claudia. The Black and White’s are beautiful.
    Cool tomb stones, and that angel is something.
    Oh dear Lilly, man oh man. Let me know if you get any more news on that one!
    I’ve been trying to send this comment for the last hour. The phone keeps ringing, the dogs need out, and the cats need in…and it’s raining cats and dogs lol
    Hope your day is warmer than mine. I think it’s going to snow soon. like tonight ; (
    Love Claudie

  35. Jane says:

    What in interesting find! I would love to know the story behind the inscription.

  36. What a wonderful post. Great reading. Thank you for always stopping by and saying hello.. and for entering the give away… Good luck… hugs ~lynne~

  37. What a mystery!  These are great pictures, the angel is so beautiful!

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