John D. Long Lake

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John D. Long Lake is the spot where Susan Smith killed her children by strapping them into her vehicle and rolling it into the lake, claiming her kids were kidnapped by a carjacker. Folks who have visited the monument erected to them here claim to have heard children’s laughter and seen orbs.

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Lake John D. Long
Union, SC
United States

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34.77516471321744, -81.50994417567136
Union County, South Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Lockhart, SC (2.8 mi.)
Monarch Mill, SC (5.9 mi.)
Union, SC (7.7 mi.)
Buffalo, SC (10.4 mi.)
Jonesville, SC (10.6 mi.)
Carlisle, SC (12.9 mi.)
Hickory Grove, SC (15.3 mi.)
Sharon, SC (15.5 mi.)
Lowrys, SC (15.5 mi.)
Gayle Mill, SC (16.1 mi.)


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  1. Not haunted. There are houses all around the lake, families with children. I’m sure they have heard children laughing from there. Orbs could be anything, car lights, boat lights etc…people do fish this lake as well.

  2. I visited the memorial and could feel a presence as well. I had my daughter with me who was 4 at the time and she asked me where the kids were. I said hunny what kids? I assumed she was talking about the two little boys that drowned there Michael and Alex. She said the ones that keep laughing. I heard nothing. But she kept looking around and saying “me can’t see you.” So I believe there is something there.

  3. I sensed a presence as well. I also visited the grave, and Foster Park (where David often took the children). When I sat down on a swing someone snuck up behind me. It was enough to make me physically jump. I saw a little boy. He was wearing blue and had dark hair, He vanished. 3 more times it happened. Michael Smith had dark hair and was wearing blue when he died.
    Some may say that it was my mind playing tricks on me, but I can’t talk about this incident without crying. I’m crying as I type this now. And this was 5 years ago.

  4. I visited the grave site and memorial plot on 9.27.19 around 6.45 pm and i definently felt the presence of something there especially standing there by the two memorial plots this eerie feeling came all over me like i could hear laughing and walking in the woods behind me the leaves were crunching real loud like someone was walking but everytime i turned around to see what it was it went silent nothing moved just stillness and silence when i turned back around to continue to talk to little michael and alex it happened again and again so that 3rd time i just stared into the woods for abot 2 minutes nothing but silence and just decided to go that was enuff for me but im glad i went there im from spartanburg, sc and i’ve always wanted to come and pay my respect to the little boys my son was 3 months and 4 days old when this horrific tragedy happened to these precious angels..god continue to bless michael and alex.

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