Canton, Barron County, Wisconsin
community has had numerous problems with
vandalism. Be aware that the cemetery is under
WILL BE SUBJECT TO ARREST AND PROSECUTION!
A $500 reward is being
offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction
of those responsible for vandalizing the cemetery.
Please call the Barron
County Sheriff's Department (non-emergency): (715)
537-3106 or (800) 532-9008.
- A certain Mr.
Bantley (sometimes spelled Bantely) murdered his wife and four children and then
committed suicide by hanging himself in his barn which was
located next to the graveyard.
- At one time a
Satanic cult used the same barn for religious rituals and
used the birdbath in the graveyard for sacrifices.
Blood stains can still be seen on the birdbath.
- Two young boys
were playing a game of tag in the graveyard after
dark. A hand reached up from the ground, grabbing one
of the boys by the ankles, causing him to instantly die of
fright. The body of the other boy was later found
outside the graveyard. The cause of death was unknown.
- The proper name of
the graveyard is neither Bantely nor Bantley. It is
actually "Pioneers Rest Cemetery." The
confusion most likely arises because the cemetery is owned
and maintained by the Bandli (notice the spelling) family.
It is popularly referred to as the "Bandli
Cemetery" by some of the local residents.
- Numerous ghostly
apparitions have been observed after dark, including the
ghost of a young girl who has been observed sitting in one
of the trees located inside the graveyard.
- During the day, shadows
will follow people who walk along the road past the
- The dare: If
you drive over 25 mph over the bridge next to the graveyard,
your brakes will go out.
- No ghosts were
- No anomalous
shadows were observed.
- The brakes did
not fail while driving 25 mph over the bridge.
- We were unable
to locate anybody who could offer firsthand testimony to
substantiate any of the
- David Bandli
had heard rumors of the cemetery being haunted, but could
not find an original source for the legend, nor has he ever
spoken to anybody who had a firsthand experience.
- EMF Meter:
- IR Thermal
do not eliminate the possibility of strange phenomena occurring
in this cemetery, but we do conclude the history and cause of
this particular haunting are false.
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