This is a true story that happened on May 15th, 2006 in a small Illinois town where I grew up. I have always believed in ghosts ever since I was a little girl because for the first 10 years of my life, my family and I lived in an old spooky house where many strange things happened that were unexplainable. I never actually saw anything in that house, but on the evening of May 15th, 2006, I encountered my first full bodied apparition!
There's an old cemetery that I used to go to just to walk around and look at the headstones. It's a very quiet, peaceful place and after having a stressful day I liked to go in there for a bit to relax sometimes. I also took my 2 children there when they were younger because there were gophers in there that dug holes in the ground and the kids liked to go see them once in awhile. We always felt comfortable there, never afraid. We always went in the daytime, never at night. Not that I was afraid or anything. It just seemed like the daytime was when we went there.
Anyway, when I went in there to walk around I went by myself usually. My 2 kids were older by this time so they had other things to do and lost interest in going. I've always loved this old cemetery so I continued going there from time to time. I always went in the afternoon, around 2 or 3 pm. I would walk through several times and then head for home. On the day this incident happened, I was running late that day and didn't get to the cemetery until around 4:30 pm. I had had a stressful day and needed the walk and the time alone. Even though it was a later time than when I usually went and would be getting dark soon, it didn't matter to me. I had been in there many times before and had never had anything scary happen. I didn't give it a second thought.
I always parked my car in the very back and would walk through several times or until I got tired.
Let me explain something here that is important to the story later on. There is only 1 way out of this cemetery and that's through the front only. The cemetery is pretty big and is surrounded by a very high fence with barbed wire on the top so there's no way over it. The very back has a smaller fence but there's a sharp drop off that goes into a river back there so nobody could leave that way.
On this particular day I parked in the back like usual and got out of my car. I had a habit of checking things out before I left my car, like looking to see if anyone else was in there with me. I didn't want to get trapped in there with some weirdo! I looked around and saw nobody so I began my walk. I walked through several times and had stopped to look at a few headstones. After about 90 minutes or so, I stopped at my car to rest. I noticed twilight coming on and debated about going home. I decided to walk through once more and then head for home. I looked around like I always did and saw nobody was in there. I started walking again.
I was about 2 blocks from my car when I heard what sounded like a male voice yell "HEY!" from behind me! I stopped and froze because I knew it was impossible for someone to get behind me, in the back of the cemetery so quickly without me seeing them! I had just been back there by my car several minutes before and I checked. Nobody was in there! I turned around and saw what looked to be a tall, thin man dressed in some sort of dark blue uniform or outfit of some sort. It was getting kind of dark by then but I could still see back there. When he saw me looking at him, he waved his hand and started walking very fast like he was eager to catch up to me!
I was scared because I honestly thought this was some crazy person and something told me to run so I did! I ran to my car as fast as I could and got in. I started it up and sat there a minute. I decided to drive through to see who that weirdo was! Guess what? NOBODY was in there at all! I drove through the entire place twice and saw not a soul. I then knew that that was no person I saw but a ghost!
I didn't realize it was a ghost when I first saw him because he wasn't transparent or anything like that. He didn't float above the ground; disappear in front of me or anything that you hear ghosts do. I thought it was a regular person. I then knew it was really a ghost when I couldn't find him! There is no possible way that he could have run out of the place that fast, it's just not possible.
When I saw him, he was in the very back of the cemetery not far from where my car was parked. It didn't take me long to get back to my car because I doubled back and took a shortcut in between the headstones. I drove through right away and should have seen him walking on the path still. He was nowhere in sight. I've never forgotten this incident and I have never been back to that cemetery! Whether people who read this believe it or not, I don't care. I know it happened and that's all that matters! But if I were you, I'd think twice about going into a cemetery alone at night. You just might encounter something that you don't want to see, like I did!