Vay Gregory McGraw has led so many tours at the Witch’s Grave in Glenwood Cemetery that it’s routine for her.
But she immediately noticed something was different on a recent trip to the Yazoo City cemetery.
“Some of the chain links were gone,” McGraw said. “Someone must have stolen them, but who would do such a thing?”
These aren’t just any chain links. They’re part of a legend that draws tourists to Yazoo City yearround. The mysterious grave made famous by author Willie Morris was surrounded by a dozen large chain links.
According to legend, the chain was placed around the grave to prevent a witch from returning from the dead and taking revenge on the city for unkind treatment by some of the citizens. But the story goes that she did return, and her revenge was the Great Fire of 1904 that devastated the city.
Cemetery Sexton Prentiss Young said that another link has been stolen since McGraw first noticed some missing. A total of four links are now gone.
Young said it could be someone looking for a souvenir or maybe just mindless vandalism.
No matter the motive, it is stealing – stealing from a grave no less.
Young said he plans to have some replicas of the chain links made.
In the meantime anyone seeing any suspicious activity in the cemetery or anyone with any information about the missing links is urged to contact the Yazoo City Police Department at 746-1131.