Another mystery in this list of interesting Catholic mysteries is the one that brought The Adams Grove Presbyterian Church into limelight…for all the spooky reasons! The church is located in Alabama and is no longer an active place for services. The reason? Well, it’s because of paranormal activities that services were stopped here. According to rumors, the church is haunted by a Confederate soldier who keeps a vigil at the cemetery. Stop…the count doesn’t end with this ghostly soldier. There is one more unknown entity that lurks in the corners of the church. This entity looks like a man wearing a hat and has red fiery eyes. He too wanders the cemetery. People believe that the church was built on the sacred land of the Native Americans.
7. The double murders of Harold and Thelma Swain at Rising Daughter Baptist Church
Church mysteries haven’t been murkier than the incidence of double murders that took place in 1985 at the Rising Daughter Baptist Church in Waverly, Georgia and shook the whole nation. The deacon of the church named Harold Swain and his wife Thelma were shot at and murdered by one Mr. Dennis Perry who is still serving his life sentence and who may not have been the culprit. On March 11, a stranger entered the church where a Bible study session was going on and met Harold in the vestibule. Soon he was shot at several times and died. The deacon’s wife Thelma rushed in and got killed by the stranger. The criminal escaped but left his eyeglasses that were retrieved by the police and several decades later he was arrested and put up in prison. But, on further investing the case, it was found that at the time of the murders, Perry was working in Atlanta. And a witness further went on to say that the murder suspect was Donnie Barrentine. Owing to no appeal by Perry, he was convicted and is still serving his time.
The famous 18th century St. Mark’s Church in–the-Bowery is haunted by many ghosts that wander in the nooks and corners of it. According to the former rector of the church Reverend Richard E. McEvoy, he himself never saw any ghost but knew a man who had ghostly sightings to his credit. This gentleman preferred to sit at a particular place because it allowed him to see ‘a phantom woman’ who kept coming to listen to the sermons delivered in the church but always disappeared soon after. On further questioning, the reverend admitted that once he saw a white figure flicker by and then dissolving into air immediately.
9. The mysterious disappearance of Father Henryk Borynski
Another mysterious disappearance took place on July 13th, 1953 when Father Henryk Borynski suddenly disappeared after answering a call. A polish by birth, the Father had relocated to Bradford, England and served as a Catholic chaplain for 10 years. He took charge in the church after the ex-chaplain Canon Boleslaw Martynellis was removed. On that fateful evening on July 13, Father Borynski answered a call and immediately left his house, never to be found again. When investigating, it was found from a witness that the father had conversed with the mysterious caller in Polish but the reply given by the father was in English. He ended the conversation by saying “All right, I go”. He was never to be seen or heard again. Some people started spreading the rumor that the father had been murdered by the angry Canon Martynellis who had a personal vendetta against him. In 1953 Canon Martynellis died of a heart attack and denied having any involvement in the murder.
The bizarre murder of 67 year old Father Alfred Kunz on March 4, 1998 shocked the community of Dane. The father served for 32 years in St. Michael Catholic Church and on that fateful day was found dead with his throat slashed. Many extensive investigations were carried out but no one confirmed the murder. Some rumors pointed that an angry cult of Satanists had murdered the father as he was about to perform the exorcism on a man who was believed to have been possessed by the devil. As per a known exorcist named Malachi Martin, the father perhaps was under tension and worried that his life was in danger. According to another theory, Father was murdered out of anger by an ex-lover with whom he had an illicit affair. His death is shrouded in mystery and remains to be solved.