7 Haunted Places In Jacksonville

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If you're the type of person who believes in ghost, ghouls, and goblins, here are few sites in town you might want to avoid this month.

5. Old City Cemetery

Established in 1852, the Old City Cemetery on East Union Street is one of the most overlooked and underrated historic sites in Jacksonville's urban core. Cut off from downtown by the Mathews Bridge Expressway ramps, the cemetery is home to a who's who list of early 19th-century Jacksonville settlers and residents. One is Marie Louise Gato, the 19-year-old daughter of local cigar factory owner Gabriel Hidalgo Gato. She was shot five times as she was entering her father's house in North Springfield on April 20, 1897. On her deathbed, she accused her spurned boyfriend Edward George Pitzer. A week later, the police lieutenant investigating the case was attacked and murdered near the corner of Liberty and Phelps streets.

Attracting a horde of female admirers, Pitzer's two week trial became one of the most sensational murder cases in the city's history. Pitzer was eventually found not guilty and Gato's murder was never solved. Over a century later, some claim they have encountered the sounds of weeping, spooky lights, and the ghost of the young lady buried near the back of the cemetery.

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