Let's not throw this story away so quickly. Lets go at this piecemeal and analyze what we know. We have two huge constraints here. Time and poor record keeping. Or maybe now? One should not view poor recording as a means for something not being true. Let alone fabricated. I for one take people at their word until proven other wise - this case is no exception. Here goes.
The 1st coffin to be deposited was 1807:Mrs Goddard.
In 1808 a Miss A.M. Chase. Then in 1812 Miss D Chase. The vault was then opened in 1812 to deposit the body of
Hon. T. Chase. The three
previous coffins where found to be displaced. The word at that time was "a confused state.", tossed from their places. The vault was then re-opened to "receive the body of an infant" all four coffins made of lead where tossed and 'displaced" i.e. a "confused state"
In 1816 Mr. Brewsters body was placed in the vault - great disorder again was discovered. Its fair to mention the vault was reorganized at the adding of each new coffin. Never was the disorder ignored. In 1819 Mr. Clarke was placed in the vault - disorder again was discovered. Are you seeing the pattern here? Look how close these deaths are?
From the pic above you can see the vault was narrow: The coffins where stacked in the manner of three on the ground, side by side and others laid on top of them. The last time the vault was open was 1819, by Lord Combermere - purposely attended to confirm what was happening, once again all coffins were displaced. This time some where facing, down and some where facing up. Documentation exists that confirm the funerals of all the names mentioned above. So thats a total of seven years. This mystery went on for seven years.
Now i dont know Jerome Clark, I have no clue about the level and depth of his investigation but Mr Andrew Land who you mentioned had a brother-in-law who lived on the island at the time. His name Foster Alleyne. Mr Alleyne was able to get his hands on a report- signed report at that, confirming the tomb was last opened in 1820, not 1819. The report has the signage of the Governor, and Lord Combermere. Drafted by Hon. Nathan Lucas who was also present - all 3 men who witnessed the disturbed coffins. they wrote their findings down. Their report now sits at the Public Library of Barbados. It was from this report that the Church of England got its publication.
The publications reads as follows. Special attention to the highlighted font areas.
Lord Combermere attends the funeral as did the Governor. Both men ordered the vault sealed with cement, and on it where placed the Governors seal as where other markings to detect tampering. After nine months the vault was re-opened, sealed mind you, thousands of on-lookers in attendance. All the seal marks, tamper detection marks where still in place. One of the heavy coffins had been moved, was now laying on the door for which the masons where trying to move. This coffins and all the coffins therein - is documented as always requiring seven men or more to move. The other coffins, six in all where scattered about.
As I stated above the documentation sits in the library , Barbados Dineson History
- a publication. . But lets not stop there. More memoirs exists.
In the Barbadian Diary of Robert Haynes..he .writes
- The Hon Thomas Chase was buried in the vault. When the vault was re-opened his coffin and those around him "had been thrown about.". The infants coffin was now sitting on the opposite of the room. He lists the accounts person by person, year by year in his diary. The repeated word being used is coffins appeared in a "confused state" that means they were moved in a manner that would seem impossible.
Size of the vault in question? 12 feet by 6 1/2 feet. Had only one way in. The front door. The door what needs to be opened by more than six men.
The question not being raised by everyone, esp skeptics is the manner of which each person died? The first disturbance began after Dorcas Chase was entered. Reports show she died due to self starvation. Suicide?
The next displacement or Thomas Chase I should say mentions he died to at his own hand. There are notes in Barbadian Diary of Robert Haynes that talk about the deaths Dorcas Chase and her father Samuel. In the notes it lists him as a harsh parent and cruel slave-owner, strange happenings occurred.
That sentence alone should remind you of a famous, cryptic, disturbing haunting in early Tennessee. The Bell Witch John Bell owned slaves and a belief among many for his torment was his ill-treatment of slaves, his daughter and his shooting at a strange animal.
Now i believe these stories and let me tell you why. The involvement of the Governor, the Lords and so on imply something very serious is going on. This is the late 1700's, early 1800's. A tomb disturbed by vandals, by robbers, by pranksters, by anyone is a serious manner. Word travels fast. If people can't feel safe when there being laid to rest where can they feel safe? Your final resting place is just that, your final resting place. The island was once a slave colony for Britain. Which meant the minority ruled over the majority, even after slavery was abolished. Hoaxing and pranks are a 20th concept, not even close to being attributed to 1700 and 1800's. What the the Governor did was what any good researcher or investigator would have done - he sealed the room shut, He cemented it. How do you hoax that? All this was done in plain view - in full-view of a 1,000 people or more. They documented the event by keeping diary's and by markings the tomb from the outside with the Governors seal and etc. On-lookers even marked the tomb themselves when given the chance. This seemed to be a problem worth investigating for everyone. Like I said if you can't feel safe when at peace, when can you feel safe? There's room for immense skepticism had this been just a one off incident. But it wasn't. I hazard to say this but graves and cemeteries where more sacred and off limits back then than they are now. No one's going to bombard a sealed tomb, let alone skutter around 3 to 5 coffins, one with an infant in it. Seriously? To move one coffin (made out of lead) each required six men or more. No one's faking this for seven years.
Each event garnered more attention. Each event garnered more scrutiny, so much it finally called for the involvement of the Governor. 2nd thing. People, important people kept diaries back then. Record keeping. Notes keeping. Memorandum if you will. That helps me believe this story is true as well. 3rd - Having lived with a Poltergeist or unknown spirit I can attest to saying the lifting of a heavy object and by heavy object I mean an object that requires three men or more to move is nothing for a Poltergeist. A Poltergeist can flip your Humvee and not break a sweat if it wanted. Depends how mad off you get it.
I'm 6'5 1.2, I weigh 250lbs. It took me and two other men my size to move my dresser upstairs. My dresser weighs 350lbs. I've seen it fly through the air as if it as a nurf football. I've seen our couch levitate and go flying across the room. Moved as if it was cardboard. Whatever did this inside this vault was angry beyond belief. It had no respect for person. Not even a deceased child. I truly believe the closed space gave rise to some of the energy being pent up. I'm taking about the tomb itself.
The self inflicted deaths if true, is interesting. That might explain why the phenomena is happening. And last but not least. One should not be too quick to dismiss something as being untrue based on the belief that there were not good records i.e. news reports. Those are relative words. A diary is a record? Something written down, for the sake of just being written down is a record. I dont have a hard time believing after the 5th disturbance or so the Governor had to get involved and by doing so gained the interests of 1,000 towns people. This Governor seemed to want to get to the bottom of this. I can't fault him or anyone for the investigative approach they took. That was a long time ago. Its now 2017 - we'll never know the whole truth, but one thing I'm sure on no hoaxing or made up story took place.
I've seen heavy objects fly through the air as if they were paper airplanes. The people laid to rest have a dark secret only they know about and by dying probably conjured up some negative dark energy that due to their death decided to haunt their tombs for eternity. THIS CASE IS FASCINATING.
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