I have seen the gateway to Hell . . .
Legend has written many stories of Stull, Kansas. A small town in the northeast corner of Kansas, well known for a burned out church that the pope himself refused to fly over. Rumor was the town, originally called Skull, was one of the seven gateways to Hell.
There was talk about early settlers practicing black magic and a woman who had the devil's child. This incites the devil to show up on a couple different dates, believed to be Halloween and the Summer Solstice, to visit his ex and child's grave. Then on Halloween 1988 several hundred showed up to see Old Scratch in person. This caused issues with law enforcement and the subsequent vandalism made the Stull Cemetery off limits to outsiders. The local sheriff warns of a possible $1000 fine for those caught trespassing and the possibility of six months in jail.
Then in March of 2002 a storm blew over part of the walls. A local man pushed over the remaining walls to keep people safe that might venture into the graveyard, but also to put an end to the mythology surrounding the cemetery.
Lore attached to the church from a local paper The Lawrence World Journal included:
- · Reports of abundant paranormal phenomena from residents in the town: raps and banging; voices-often reported to be the voice of an old woman; weird clocks and indoor windstorms; ghostly children playing at night in the cemetery; time shifts and discrepancies, inexplicable loss of memory and disorientation.
- · Stull was the reason The Cure refused to play in Kansas.
- · Before the church was demolished, it was said that bottles thrown at the walls would not break. A permutation held that if the bottle didn't break you were going to hell; if it broke, heaven (some said vice versa).
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