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The Crypt of Nina Cragmiles - Cleveland

The Crypt of Nina Cragmiles

The Blood Stained Crypt of Little Nina Cragmiles

I list this tip here because it concerns a local legend which will probably be interesting only to those with a penchant for the wierd and offbeat.

In 1871 a little girl from a prominent Cleveland family, Nina Cragmiles, we killed in a buggy accident. Soon thereafter her grieving parents had a white marble crypt built in her honor in the churchyard of St. Lukes Episcopal Church, downtown Cleveland. No sooner had the crypt been completed than pinkish red stains appeard on the white marble. Local residents tried scrubbing the stains away and even replaced some of the white mable stones, but the stains still reappeared. As other members of the Cragmiles family met tragic ends over the years, the "bloodstains" seemed to grow larger and more prominent.

I walked by the crypt many times as a young boy, saw the stains and pondered the legend. Today most people seem to pay it no mind, and many of the younger generation may have never heard the story at all. But the stains are clearly visible, although they are on the shaded side of my photo. There is no sure explanation as to their origin.

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  • Updated May 4, 2004
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