In Cleveland, Tennessee a beautiful white mausoleum stands strong holding the bodies of the ill-fated Craigmiles family. Strangely there is a red stain that keeps appearing on its walls growing darker with every family member that is added to the mausoleum. Even with the affected marble being replaced the stain still comes back. What could be causing this strange phenomenon?
The story begins with young Nina Craigmiles who was born on August 5, 1864. She was a spirited young girl who loved riding in a horse-drawn carriage. One day while on such an outing with her grandfather on St. Luke’s Day in 1871 while crossing the railroad tracks the carriage they were in was hit by a train. Seven year old Nina was killed in the crash and the whole town mourned. Her father, John Craigmiles, was completely devastated and built St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in her honor with a beautiful white marble mausoleum for her remains to be placed in. Nina’s family all decided they would eventually be buried here with their beloved girl.
Before long red blood-like spots began appearing on the outside of the mausoleum. Attempts were made to clean up the stains but they would always reappear after a matter of hours. Eventually the caretakes of the church yard replaced the marble at great expense hoping to rid themselves of the problem stains but they still reappeared.
Tragedy continued to befall the Craigmiles family. Not long after Nina’s death a baby was born to her mother but only lived for a few hours. John died in 1899 after contracting blood poisoning after falling on ice in the street. He was buried as planned in Nina’s mausoleum. Nina’s mother was also killed after being hit by a car on a Cleveland street in 1928. After each tragedy the stains grew stronger in colour and harder to remove.
In modern times visitors to the church and mausoleum have reported seeing a young girl in Victorian clothes running around the grounds. Could it be that Nina’s spirit remains at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in the mausoleum designed just for her?