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Sunday, October 31, 2010

This is Halloween, This is Halloween!

Happy Halloween ghost seeking friends!

SCGS decided that since it is that wonderful time of year and the best holiday by far, we were going to head to the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Salt Lake City by the campus of the University of Utah. While searching, we came across the headstone of a beautiful young woman by the name of Cleo Zaharias. She was of Greek decent and was only 20 years old at the time of death.

Upon further investigation in the Utah State Archives, this young woman's death certificate was found. Utah state law allows death certificates over 50 years old to be viewed by the public. They have death certificates as far back as 1905-1959. They also have available the burial and cemetery records of all cemeteries in the state. Since Cleo passed away in 1940, we were able to find out more about her. She was a housekeeper at the general hospital and died from Uremia, or kidney failure, due to mercury poisoning. The officials and doctors ruled her death a suicide. The image of her death certificate can be seen here.

At the bottom of the head stone it read "Lover of Music". At this point, one of the SCGS crew asked if anyone could hear a piano playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb." We were unable to debunk this experience because there are no houses around this portion of the cemetery and there were not electrical devices with this sound on it. Did Miss Cleo decide to pay us a visit on this Day of the Dead? You be the judge.

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