This picturesque resting ground along the shore of Lake Michigan is home to the tale of “the Aviator,” or as he is sometimes affectionately known, “Seaweed Charlie.” Between the late 1950s and 1960s, some passersby were treated to the alarming sight of a man drowning far out of reach in the icy waters. Even more startling was what came next. Instead of disappearing under the waves to a watery grave, the man, usually disheveled but sometimes covered in seaweed, emerged from the lake and crawled over the rocks toward the gate of Calvary Cemetery before ultimately vanishing. This scene was replayed many times before finally, one night after cemetery caretakers accidentally left the gate open, the ghost disappeared forever. Despite this apparent end, sporadic sightings continued into the late ‘90s.
For an in-depth look at this location, check out Volume 2 Issue 6 of the Legends and Lore of Illinois, featuring the history & hauntings of Calvary Cemetery, the adventures of The Fallen, ghostly games, book reviews, trivia, and much more! This issue, along with all its color photos and extras, is now exclusively available on CD-ROM. Click here to order all 49 issues of the Legends and Lore of Illinois.