The Chase Vault

When we bury someone, we generally expect them to stay in one place. This doesn’t always happen, due to either historical events or natural forces. I’ve heard stories of heavy rain causing entire cemetaries to collapse, leading to coffins bobbing down the river. In some cases the movement is due to either social custom or a lack of space- Paris is known in part for its catacombs where the bones of the deceased were stacked partially to save on limited burial space. In fact, it’s not uncommon at all for areas that don’t have a lot of acreage for burial plots to remove bones and place them in ossuaries and other storage locations.

What happens though when the movement doesn’t appear to be deliberate? Or, rather, the action may be deliberate but the method through which it’s accomplished is unknown?

During the 19th century, the Chase family vault in Christ Church, Barbados became famous for a string of odd occurances involving the coffins. Every time the crypt was opened for an interment, the coffins had moved. There seem to have been four coffins involved- all of which seem to have been lined with lead. And it wasn’t that they had just shifted slightly to the side- sometimes the coffins were actually stacked on each other.

All references to the event seem to have stemmed from one person, and like most urban legends related to death or the supernatural, there is no way of verifying how much of the story may be true.

Chase Vault

Chase Vault

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