Peace Church Cemetery

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This cemetery dates back to the mid 19th century, but has been more or less abandoned for the past three decades. Its most famous “inhabitant” is probably Billy Cook, who killed six people during a 22-day criminal rampage between Missouri and California in the early 1950s. He was buried here in an unmarked grave after being executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin.

Locals claim to frequently see apparitions here. Items are thrown at visitors, some unlucky souls return home with unexplained scratches on them.

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Geographic Information

Address:
Peace Church Ave
Joplin, MO
United States
GPS:
37.12285377729155, -94.54749687018193
County:
Jasper County, Missouri
Nearest Towns:
Airport Drive, MO (2.4 mi.)
Joplin, MO (3.3 mi.)
Carl Junction, MO (3.9 mi.)
Iron Gates, MO (3.9 mi.)
Oakland Park, MO (4.0 mi.)
Webb City, MO (4.9 mi.)
Dennis Acres, MO (5.7 mi.)
Duquesne, MO (5.8 mi.)
Shoal Creek Drive, MO (5.9 mi.)
Galena, KS (6.0 mi.)

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https://www.facebook.com/peacechurchcemetery

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  1. PEACE CHURCH CEMETERY IS “DEFINITELY HAUNTED” AND ONE OF THE GHOSTS THAT HAUNT THIS OLD CEMETERY IS THAT OF BILLY COOK, BUT I AM SURE THAT THERE ARE “RESTLESS OTHERS” THAT OCCUPY THIS SITE. IT IS AN ERRIE PLACE, AND ON ONE OF MY VISITS THERE A FEW YEARS BACK, I MANAGED TO FIND THE GRAVE OF BILLY COOK, SR. WHICH, UNBELIEVABLY, WAS THE VERY FIRST TOMBSTONE I WALKED UP TO AND READ! THE ODDS OF THIS, OF COURSE, “HAVE TO BE ASTRONOMICAL!” THIS GRAVE, BY THE WAY, IS ON THE SOUTH SIDE ROAD, GOING IN AND, RIGHT BEFORE YOU TURN BACK NORTH, THERE IS A FAMILY PLOT ADJACENT JUST A BIT EAST OF THE BEND, BUT YET APART, FROM THE MAIN CEMETERY! THE GRAVESTONE OF BILLY COOK, JR., THE MASS MURDER FROM THE 1950s WHO IS ALSO BURIED OUTSIDE THE CEMETERY, IS NOT EVIDENT IN THIS AREA, THOUGH IT COULD BE THERE AS AN UNMARKED GRAVE? PERSONALLY, I BELIEVE IT IS EITHER IN THIS FAMILY PLOT OR POSSIBLY CLOSE BY. WE DO KNOW HE WAS BURIED SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARY OF THE PEACE CHURCH CEMETERY, ITSELF, AND MOST LIKELY THAT IS NOT FAR AWAY, NOR FAR AWAY FROM THE COOK FAMILY PLOT! WHEN I WENT THROUGH, ALONE, ON THIS TRIP, I COULD TELL SOMEONE WAS LOOKING AT ME, EVEN FOLLOWING ME, AS I ROAMED THROUGH THIS HAUNTED GRAVEYARD READING MANY OF THE VERY OLD THOMSTONES IN IT. MY NEICE AND I, LATER ON, WENT THROUGH THIS CEMETERY ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO LOOKING FOR SOME OF HER RELATIVES, AND WE DID FIND A COUPLE AS I RECALL. BUT, AS FAR AS I KNOW, I DO NOT HAVE ANY RELATIVES THAT ARE BURIED THERE, THOUGH IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT I DO BUT JUST DON’T REALIZE WHO THEY WOULD BE? THERE HAVE BEEN MANY SIGHTINGS OF GHOSTLY FIGURES AND OTHER-WORLDLY SOUNDS COMING FROM THIS HAUNTED CEMETERY, AND IT HAS BEEN DUELY-INVESTIGATED BY THE SOUTHWEST MISSOURI PARANORMAL SOCIETY WHO HAS ALSO BEEN VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN IN GETTING IT CLEANED UP AS IT HAS BEEN ABANDONED FOR QUITE SOME TIME. IF YOU GET A CHANCE, YOU SHOULD STOP BY AND SEE THIS INTERESTING OLD CEMETERY FROM THE MID 1850s ERA…IT IS ONE OF THE OLDEST CEMETERIES IN JASPER COUNTY…!!!

  2. My great grandmother is buried there and i went one day to see if i could find her grave and of course look for Billy cook. The whole place has an uneasy feeling about it. I pulled my phone out to take pictures of Billy Sr grave and they were very unfocused and had a weird color tent to them. My phone had never had that problem before. I decided to hit the record button and ask a couple of questions. When i asked if Billy hated his father there came a knocking sound as if someone was knocking on a wooden door. I asked if he enjoyed killing those people and the knocking got louder. Being there by myself i feared for my safety and left shortly after.

  3. This cemetery is for sure haunted. My friend and I visited around midnight, and the entire stretch of the road going to the cemetery turned into a complete dead zone for our phones. Our camera batteries died, our flashlights wouldn’t stay lit, flickering and going out on us. I used the voice recorder on my phone and sat down asking question, and we got a few words captured. We found Billy’s dad’s plot, which was super easy to find. It’s in a family plot just slightly away from the main cemetery. His son is buried NEXT to the property, but not on the old churches hallowed grounds as it wasn’t permitted because of his acts in life. It was an interesting night. We are planning to go back with more equipment. :)

  4. I visited this cemetery a couple years ago with my brother and a couple other close friends. It was almost pitch black out there and the cemetery was very overgrown. Me and my brother might have seen an apparition there but i can’t be sure it was. What I am sure of is what followed me home that night from the cemetery. Me and my father had a shadow figure appear down the hallway from us. He had no idea where I was previously before it happened. The craziest physical feeling just enveloped me when it happened. It was hard to breathe and I had to get out of the house. I’ve been back to the cemetery a couple of times since and have not seen or felt anything.

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