Over forty years ago a small town in northeast Kansas got the unwanted attention of occultists and vandals when stories started to surface that one of its cemeteries was a hotbed of dark paranormal events.
The town of Stull is located about 13 miles east of Topeka, Kansas.
One of the areas of special interest are the ruins of a burned-out Evangelical, prairie church, and a legend that Stull Cemetery becomes one of the seven gates of hell on Halloween.
The 1970s was when the cemetery got its dark reputation which was augmented supposedly based on an urban myth started by a professor at the University of Kansas.
The story that it's most famous for though is that somewhere on cemetery grounds on Halloween and the Spring Equinox, steps open up down to hell, and once you go down them, there is no way to return.
Which begs the question, why would you try to find this anomaly, must less enter it.
The church was built in 1867 on an elevated area known as Emmanuel Hill. It became vacant in 1922, and besides the decay of time, one of the walls was struck by lightning. This church which had been erected by Dutch settlers in the area was supposedly used by satanists and witches during those years it stood vacant and falling in on itself. In 2002 what was left of it was mysteriously razed down to practically nothing by unknown parties. Barely 100 tombstones surround it.
Was it destroyed by satanists or someone in the town who was tired of the vandalism taking places on the grounds?
Another mysterious alteration to the cemetery took place in 1998 when a tall pine tree was destroyed the day before Halloween. It's allure was tied to the story that it was used to hang witches before the grounds were dedicated as a burial ground.
Another urban myth surrounds the name of the town which was originally said to be Skull, and was changed to Stull to divorce it from the supposedly dark deeds that have been committed on its grounds.
Undoubtedly Halloween is the date when the action takes place with stories like Satan visiting the grave of his infant son or a witch that was the mother of his child, and that the child makes an appearance as a werewolf.
In pop culture Stull cemetery has been used in the plots of movies including the villainous character in Turbulence 3, and in the finale of Supernatural's fifth season in which an apocalyptic confrontation happens in Stull cemetery. In 1992 the rock group Urge Overkill put out an album titled "Stull". and used images of the cemetery on the cover. Another tale is connected to dead rock star Kurt Cobain who supposedly came to the church ruins to break bottles against its wall and scrawl his name.
Present day a church surrounds the cemetery and you can be fined for entering it when you're not supposed to. The local townspeople help the police patrol, and there are stories of trucks following people around and terrorizing motorists up to 20 miles out of town.
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