Jacksonville’s Old City Cemetery

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Established in 1852, The Old City Cemetery on Union Street in Jacksonville is home to a who’s who list of early 19th-century Jacksonville settlers and residents.

One such resident was Marie Louise Gato,  the 19-year-old daughter of a local cigar factory owner. Marie Louise was shot 5 times as she entered her father’s house on April 20, 1897.

While she lay dying, she accused Edward George Pitzer, a rejected gentleman caller, of the horrific deed.

A week later, the police lieutenant investigating the case was attacked and murdered near Liberty and Phelps streets.

Pitzer’s two-week trial attracted scores of female admirers, and the trial itself became one of the most sensational murder cases in the city’s history. Pitzer was found not guilty, and poor Marie Louise Gato’s murder was never solved.

Even after all these years, visitors to the cemetery claim to have strange ghostly encounters with a woman, and they report hearing the sounds of a young lady weeping. People believe that these encounters are with the ghost of none other than the poor young girl whose murder was never solved.

Too Spooky!!

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