In 1971, sheriff’s deputy Gerard John Schaefer sexually assaulted and hanged two 19-year-old girls from an oak tree, then buried their bodies under it. The deputy returned for more unspeakable acts over the next 5 days. In 1977 the bodies were found by some fishermen. Local legend has it that hooded devil worshippers now dance around the tree, and the ghostly screams of the girls can be heard. The restrooms are said to be haunted by the girls’ ghosts. Local tales also state that the city tried to remove the tree but failed, as chainsaws and axes dulled or lost power. The tree is reported to still stand along a nature trail.
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- Oak Hammock Park
Port St. Lucie, FL
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- 27.277518549743778, -80.40554881090429
- St. Lucie County, Florida
- Nearest Towns:
- Port Saint Lucie, FL (3.6 mi.)
River Park, FL (4.4 mi.)
White City, FL (8.0 mi.)
Indian River Estates, FL (8.4 mi.)
North River Shores, FL (9.3 mi.)
Fort Pierce South, FL (9.6 mi.)
Stuart, FL (10.9 mi.)
Jensen Beach, FL (10.9 mi.)
Rio, FL (11.0 mi.)
Palm City, FL (11.4 mi.)
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