Tillett Cemetery - Hookman's Cemetery

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Tillett Cemetery is also known as Hookman’s Cemetery because of a local tale of a ghostly man with a hook for a hand who prowls the nearby roads looking for victims. Thick, eerie fogs and cold spots are known to materialize in the area as well.

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E Lovers Lane Rd
Peru, IN
United States

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40.78158726046905, -86.05314311386792
Miami County, Indiana
Nearest Towns:
Peru, IN (2.1 mi.)
Mexico, IN (4.3 mi.)
Denver, IN (6.0 mi.)
Bunker Hill, IN (8.8 mi.)
Onward, IN (9.5 mi.)
Grissom Air Force Base, IN (9.9 mi.)
Roann, IN (11.2 mi.)
Wabash, IN (12.2 mi.)
Macy, IN (12.9 mi.)
Walton, IN (12.9 mi.)


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  1. I never heard about the Hookman in correlation with the cemetery. Growing up the Hookman legend was part of Lover’s Lane. I’ve been out there several times as a teen and early 20’s, we even had permission to take the kids on Halloween when they were younger, but never encounter anything. There was no fog, and night sounds were fine. It’s just a family cemetery surrounded by trees that had a tree covered lane you had to walk up. I think at night it is just creepy and people let there imagination run amuck. I say that respectively as a skeptical believer. I have encounter ghost and hauntings, just not there and it doesn’t have the same vibe as other places I’ve investigated.

  2. I didn’t have any encounters at Hookman’s Cemetery. However, on Halloween night in 1975, I was dared by my friends to walk all the way to the top by myself. I loved a good dare, so, I did it! It was VERY creepy, but, I don’t know anybody else who would walk to the top by themselves! I will have bragging rights for the rest of my life!

  3. This is a favorite place of mine. The Hookman’s grave is said to be in back through the woods over a fence on private property. For obvious reasons I’ve never verified this. However, the grave yard is super creepy, if for no other reason, it’s an old grave yard with little around. There are houses and factories near by, but even in the day there’s an overwhelming sense of isolation once you reach the peak. I’ve felt cold spots. I’ve captured pictures at night showing orbs of various sizes. There’s a particular grave, told to me as the witches grave, that the concrete border sometimes glows green in the viewfinder of my camera, but is not caught on film or naked eye. The fog, naturally, is hit or miss. Wish I knew where those pics were….

  4. I grew up in Peru and one thing we did as teenagers is go up there and make out. Never saw any fog….ever and the hookman rumor is just an urban legend.

  5. We just went to the bridge at hookmans grave it was me my husband and sister in law we were terrified n scared and we all felt total tightness n heavy news on the check we were so scared we didn’t make it pass that Bridget OMG she wants to go back so we going back soon

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