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Monks Castle (Also known as St. James Cemetery)
Chicago, Il 60607

County: Cook County
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Suppose to be a religious order that if you try to get onto their land, they will chase you. One particular story was about a bunch of kids going in at night and sneaking around (around 1983 1985), they said they saw something in the woods that had glowing red eyes that started to chase them. They made it across the gate, as one of the girls sat down on the curb by the street light, a monk grabbed her, and she was never heard from again.

St. James Cemetery is commonly known as "Monks Castle." Monks have been reported in sightings and sometimes provide chase to a late night passer-bys. The Police in the area have given chase to suspecting meddlesome teenagers.

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 9143     2/3/2008 12:39:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

A group of 6 teenagers decided to go to monks castle on holloween night in 1985. two out of the six decided to jump over the gate, a couple minutes later the other four heard them sceaming.As the two were running monks were chasing them, all of them saw it.the monks had a sithe,the kids managed to make it out before anyone was hurt but as they were driving home a girl in the back seat saw something fly right at her, no one saw anything but they were all really creeped out.

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Last Seen: 2/8/2009 11:21:49 PM  
Monks Castle is not in Chicago it is in a small town of Willow Springs about 20 miles south west. From what i remember of the story is that if you were caught on the property the monks would take  you inside and make you kneel on sticks (or bamboo) praying through out the night before letting you go in the morning.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 33705     6/7/2009 8:57:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

eeeeppp man i passed this place yesterday and i was creeped my parents told me to look it up god creepy!

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Last Seen: 2/6/2010 10:21:53 PM  
its actually in lemont, it seems like willow springs, but is JUST outside of it.  ive been there 3 times, nothing happened.

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Last Seen: 8/5/2009 2:39:26 PM  
We've tried to get permission to investigate St. James cemetery but the guy told me: "I'm not involved in anything paranormal and you are not welcomed in here never. Bye!"

Well, if you get in then good luck but the only way you can get in is trespassing. If a paranormal group get's in with permission - I'll be surprised!

Well, it doesn't hurt to try huh?

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 38095     8/18/2009 1:48:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

I live about 20 minutes from there and I take Archer to school often, so I pass the church all the time. I even went there for a field trip in high school. The legends surrounding it are as numerous as Resurrection Mary, who happens to be just down the street. I will admit though that I avoid driving at road at any costs at night. It gives me chills and it's far too dark in those woods for my liking. If a ghost or spirit isn't going to jump out in front of my car, a deer or raccoon sure will!

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 38140     8/18/2009 8:35:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Hi I'm brandon Molina I'm 14 yrs old and I spent a night at my friends house his name is lauren and he's 14 yrs old as well and we went in to monks cemetery and his 13 year old brother came to and we went in and it wuz pitch black so then monks were chasing us and we ran fast fast but one of them grabed me so I punch him and he fell down and 3 guys got me friend lauren then we kicked there asses then we left he had fun thank gosh were coming again in 2 weeks date today is 19 of aug.............

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my friend n i went there and she did go onto the grounds.  cops came so i ran n i hadn't heard from my friend until the next morning, well what she showed me proved the trespassing story is true. shortly after she went in she was taken by a monk, they do not talk so they were motioning to her the entire time, well they made her kneel down on nails and pray. she had the scrapes blood and nail holes in her knees the next morning. that is true and you do not want to mess around on monk ground. she will not go anywhere near that cemetery anymore.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 43365     10/30/2009 8:13:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

if this aint a roman catholic church. then all the ghost that u see is not dead people. there demons! they fool u by making u think there old spirts but there looking for a chance to get inside u! so becareful what u do! u all gotta be in the lords hands and have a rosary cause they really hate the virgin mary so they wont go near u if u have one.

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Last Seen: 2/6/2010 10:21:53 PM  
this place is easy to go into, just slide under the front gates. it isn't scary at all...boring actually. too light.

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As teenagers back in the early 1980's, we knew of the stories surrounding Monk's Castle.  A clever story indeed to keep us out, as we were always looking for a good place to drink a case of bear out of sight of the authorities.  Now as adults, we realize that Monk's Castle is nothing more than a very old historic Irish Church.  The current Pastor apparently promotes his Irish heritage during "public" church events, wearing green clover hats and green clothing.  We get the message... they still seem to prefer to keep their congregation to a select group of practitioners.

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Last Seen: 2/6/2010 10:21:53 PM  
This place is really disappointing. I've investigated there a few times, it is lit up, and nothing happens, no EVP's, no pictures of interest, no sounds.

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 61521     10/29/2010 7:36:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

as a teenager in the mid 80's-i too was intrigued by the myth of monks castle.i too have heard the legend of resurrection mary growin up in summit il.me and my friends decided 1 night to head there to see what is was about.as we arrived we parked the truck down the street(like we were broke down.)as we entered the cemetery to head up to the statue.we were sayin a prayer at the base of the cement sculpture and my fried roy looked up into the church and said he seen shadows by candle light were headin our way.he took off runnin so fast he ran out of his shoe.we hooped in the truck and he said he came out of his shoe,so my other friend john ran back up the hill to get it for roy.as he was comin back down the gates were closing.he barely made it out!!!we took off down the street with the lights out-as we turned them back on there was a possum in the road.we drove right over it.turned around to see if it was there and nothing at all!!!scary night as teenagers for sure.




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