Boo! The Italian Bride

25 Oct

My Aunt Tina lives in Chicago, Illinois.  She’s helping me out today with my 31 Days of Spook.  Recently she visited Mount Carmel Cemetery right there in Chicago.  What?  Don’t you visit cemeteries during your down time?  I’ve heard they can be very relaxing and an educational experience.  Let’s take these for pictures for instance that my Aunt Tina took and shared with me.

It’s a beautiful grave site.  Of course there are lots of beautiful headstones and memorials in this cemetery but this one is different.  Let me introduce you to Julia Buccola Petta.

Julia Buccola Petta died at age 29 while giving birth to her stillborn son, Filippo.  Julia was buried in her wedding dress and given the nickname of The Italian Bride.  According to legend, Julia’s mother Filomena began having dreams in which Julia was telling her that she was still alive.

Years after her death, Filomena received permission to have the grave opened and her daughter exhumed.  Her mother then took a picture of Julia in her casket which was then placed on the monument.

The picture is still there on her grave at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.  Do you notice anything in the picture?

After years of being buried, Julia looks – how shall we say it? – still together if you catch my drift.







Posted by on 10/25/2017 in 31 Days of Spook, Bacon


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12 responses to “Boo! The Italian Bride

  1. easyweimaraner

    10/25/2017 at 2:04 am

    that is a phenomenon… or maybe she is really alive somehow? we saw such a miracle once in a castle, there was a knight what looked “still together” too… they said it was a curse because he was a cheater once… and the weird thing was that only the cheating-tool became “dust in the wind” after all that centuries…

    • Piglove

      10/25/2017 at 9:01 am

      OMP! Can you imagine brother? That is so chilling to say the least. How do some bodies not decompose while others stay so well put together. It is a mystery. XOXO – Bacon

  2. Sheila Englehart

    10/25/2017 at 8:12 am

    She looks alive and sleeping!

    • Piglove

      10/25/2017 at 9:01 am

      YES! Even after all of these years. So unreal! XOXO – Bacon

  3. David

    10/25/2017 at 1:12 pm

    It says the funeral home did a very excellent job on Julia’s preservation, and the family’s selection of her casket.

    • Piglove

      10/25/2017 at 2:55 pm

      Most definitely! XOXO – Bacon

  4. Tails Around the Ranch

    10/25/2017 at 2:02 pm

    My college photography portfolio consisted of old headstones from a large cemetery in Denver of the city forefathers. One photo was of big memorial with a Grant’s horse kind of top and as I printed it in the dark room, we all noticed a visible aura around it the horse. Weirdest thing. I was so taken with the sheer size of the monument, I never saw anything through the viewfinder. 👻 Julia’s photo is actually kind of sweet, even if taken years following her death.

    • Piglove

      10/25/2017 at 2:56 pm

      That sounds wickedly interesting my friend. We love cemeteries here. Mom got some great pics in Australia that we will be sharing soon. XOXO – Bacon

  5. The Canadian Cats

    10/25/2017 at 9:24 pm

    was she alive all these years, struggling to get out? Oh my!!

    • Piglove

      10/26/2017 at 9:32 am

      I hope not. I think she was dead but her body was wonderfully preserved. Amazing huh? XOXO – Bacon

  6. CarolMaeWY

    10/26/2017 at 4:49 pm

    What do people normally look like after being preserved and exhumed?

    • Piglove

      10/27/2017 at 8:28 am

      I would think after years of being buried, usually exhumed would just be bones, maybe some hair. I don’t think they would look – how should I say it – this fresh. Weird huh? XOXO – Bacon


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