The Corpse Gas Encounter

History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern IllinoisFrom History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline.

There is an old mausoleum in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale that appears to be illuminated from the inside when viewed from Oakland Street at night-time. However, when you approach the mausoleum, the “lights” mysteriously vanish. We decided to investigate the strange happenings one evening.

The mausoleum has massive bronze and glass doors at the front and a stained glass window on the back. While standing at the front doors and peering through the window at the crypts, we heard an unearthly “whirring” sound that seemed to surround us. There was no wind or anything nearby that could have made the sound. In fact, the entire cemetery was deathly quiet.

At the base of the mausoleum I noticed some “vents”. I decided to shine my flashlight in the vent to see what was behind the screen.  I was surprised to see a casket a couple of feet inside. I called my wife over to look inside and just as she did, she started coughing and gagging and almost vomited. I jokingly told her that she must have been a victim of “CORPSE GAS”. We walked back to the truck so my wife could recover from whatever had made her sick.

While driving away from the mausoleum, something “unseen” opened the passenger door of the truck. Even though it was a very warm evening the temperature seemed to drop about 20 degrees as soon as the door was flung open. What is the source of the mystery light? What was the strange “whirring” noise? What was the “Corpse Gas”? Who or what opened the door of the truck? The investigation continues.

Copyright Bruce L. Cline, 2014. You do not have permission to copy this post.




  1. Bruce Cline says:

    Be sure to look for this story and more in the new book by the LITTLE EGYPT GHOST SOCIETY, “HISTORY, MYSTERY and HAUNTINGS of SOUTHERN ILLINOIS”. The book is published by Black Oak Media and will be available soon.


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