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Libertyland

Memphis, Tennessee

A very kind man once operated the carousel in this park. When a child’s balloon flew into the carousel one day, the man offered to retrieve it. He, however, forgot to turn the carousel off and was resultantly decapitated. It is said the man now roams around the attraction occasionally making his presence known.

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Dave says:

November 23, 2005, 3:16 pm

I like the story and all, but it isn’t really all that mysterious. Me and friends recently went to voodoo village, and we think that is about as scary as it can get in Memphis. You guys should post that one instead, if you don’t know the story then oh well. The street is Mary Angelou rd., and believe me you should check it out!

JJ says:

December 27, 2005, 3:43 pm

THIS STORY SOUNDS SORDA TRUE BUT I THINK THE MAN WOULD HAVE MOVED ON AND HOW DID THE MAN GET ON THE CAROUSEL IF IT WAS STILL ON????????

WJR says:

February 8, 2006, 12:28 am

As of January 1,2006, Libertyland was closed down.The owners had a hard time making a profit, and looking at the state of disrepair of the facilities, I could understand why. A few points of intrest: 1. The carousel that is reputed to be haunted is still there. It, and the wooden roller coaster are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Both the coster and the carousel are well over 100 years old. There is serious talk of relocating the carousel to the Pink Palace Museum.
2. The coaster was a loved by all sorts of Memphians, including Elvis. Another tale that relates to the park is that if you were to take a photo of the car that “The King” prefered you might have a faint image of his spirit on at least one of your photos.

kc says:

March 18, 2006, 2:00 pm

Well ,ever since i was little i’ve gone to the park almost every summer ,and i’ve never seen any ghost.

Brandi says:

March 31, 2006, 6:15 pm

How do you FORGET to turn a carousel off?i mean come on lol

Soldier85 says:

May 15, 2006, 9:41 pm

I’ll get the balloon little boy. Oh great another story of a petifile on the internet. What’s new.

Deborah says:

June 5, 2006, 4:17 pm

This sounds more like a classic “round the campfire” ghost tale if you ask me. I am middle age, born and raised in Memphis, and I have never heard this story. Seems like this one might have made the news!

memphis slim says:

June 14, 2006, 2:52 am

I live in memphis and thats a total B.S. story.

bobbie says:

July 10, 2006, 3:18 pm

hey ive went several times to the voodoo village thing and nothing happened…anytime i went…not saying its not true…but ive never ever saw anyone, i guess that’s a good thing. but it is diff. scary at nite cuz they have that school bus done by the bottom of a hill and they say if you drive into it all the way and try to come back up the road and you see that big moving truck in the way… you better be prepared for a scare of a life time…cuz they block you in and i dont know if they try to beat your *** or try to kill you…forgot the story but its cool and scary to look at. they have stuff all in their yards, like voodoo stuff, or i guess that’s what it is…oh and on the liberty land thing…ive been there several times. and ive never seen anything happen or hear of anything happening to anyone…thing like that would pass around…but thats my opinion.

Ann says:

October 11, 2006, 4:23 pm

Where is the Voodoo village? I am from Memphis and am not sure I remember that place

daniella olvera says:

October 17, 2006, 2:51 pm

oh my goodness i have been to libertyland so many times; im so glad i did not know about this at the time i would have freaked out and left. But i still ask my self has any body ran into the ghost? its very unknown

Ruth says:

October 18, 2006, 2:59 pm

I have lived in Memphis my whole life and this Liberyland story IS B.S!
And Voodo Village in down in South Memphis, NOT A GOOD PART OF TOWN. I went there several times when I was a teenager. All I remember is crazy stuff in people yards the house where shacks! Not sure exactly where it is located but I wouldn’t advise anyone to go there. I have heard that the people that live there will block the road and hit your car with stuff.

Brittany says:

October 27, 2006, 3:48 pm

I have never heard that story about Libertyland… I think that is made up.

Brandon says:

October 28, 2006, 11:56 pm

I’ve lived in Memphis all my life and ive never heard this story. Ivge been to libertyland and nevwe saw or had any trace of a ghost. This a crapload of a story

M. Laveau says:

October 30, 2006, 11:07 am

I’m from Voodoo village and I advise you not to go there anymore.

TANNER CARDEN says:

December 14, 2006, 10:24 am

I THINK SOME OF IT IS REAL AND FAKE CHECK IT OUT ITS COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shannan says:

January 1, 2007, 1:57 am

I’m from Memphis as well and have never heard of this story. Voodoo Village I have heard of and had the sense never to go there.

adrienne says:

February 26, 2007, 2:48 pm

I have lived in memphis all my 44 years and have definitely heard about the libertyland ghost. my father is a retired policeman and knew alot of ghost stories involving overton park (blue lady), libertyland, Orpheum, Voodoo village, house on Brownsville road, etc. whether it really happened? don’t know, but the story has been around a long time.

strvnwritr says:

August 4, 2007, 2:23 pm

Here is another list of ghosts in Memphis: http://memphis.about.com/od/halloween/p/ghosts.htm

Ashley says:

August 23, 2007, 5:14 pm

This is no longer there. Liberty Land was torn down last year in 2006. Sorry people.

Scott says:

September 1, 2007, 11:42 am

That story doesnt make any sense. Did the balloon fly underneath it or something?lol

cyma80 says:

October 3, 2007, 1:26 pm

I live in Memphis, have all my life. Currently living in Bartlett. I have heard of the Liberty Land ghost many times, but no one has been able to prove it real or fake. I have also heard of Voodoo Village from my dad who said that when he was teenager, he and some friends went down there (1974) and he said that they barely got down the road before weird stuff and sounds and shadows and stuff started happening. they made it through most of the place and then two of the guys with him, looked up into a tree and started screaming, turned white, and turned the car around and punched it out of there. they wouldnt say what they saw but my dad is still friends with one of them and he still to this day will not talk about it and starts sweating and turning pale if you ask him. so maybe there is something to the story. also, there is a graveyard on 51 highway goin into millington that is haunted and i have seen it for myself along with my sister and aunt who were with me. I think it is called Woodhaven Cemetary. Anyways we were there one night play in the graveyard like most teenagers do just to get spooked and have fun and my aunt was in the car. well, the graveyard is divided by little roads. we were standing one side of a road in there facing 51 highway, when we saw a man with black hair and a reddish looking shirt walking towards us. at first, we just thought there was someone else in there or the people who take care of it were telling us to get out. but as he got closer to the road coming towards us, he just dissapeared!!! well, of course, we were a little freaked out so we went back to the car. well, in the middle of the cemetary, there is a huge statue of jesus. and as we drove around it leaving, the eyes were following us until we got out. i have been back there since then but only during the day. i have asked people to go back with me at night and investigate but no one wants to go. I may just have to go by myself and take some pictures and see if i can prove any of it.

Ashley says:

October 5, 2007, 11:19 am

i live in memphis and have never heard that one…. who cares now because libertyland is shut down anyway?

Ashley says:

October 5, 2007, 11:20 am

i live in memphis and have never heard that one…wwho cares now anyway liberty land is shut down?

kathleen says:

November 14, 2007, 12:02 pm

thats so freaky i could have never belived it wow

rustee says:

November 19, 2007, 1:07 am

I lived in west TN for 30 yearsand never heard this story. Every summer we would go to libertyland and never saw a thing out of the ordinary. This could be true or not. But you would think there would be a record of the death somewhere in the shelby co records.

Ben says:

December 10, 2007, 10:28 pm

I worked at Libertyland in the 80s and there was a guy that got caught in gears of the carousel and was killed. It was certainly no legend or myth.

kkhurst351 says:

December 14, 2007, 11:44 am

that sounds so stupid so get over it ok try that freaks

jne doe says:

March 1, 2008, 1:36 pm

To the dumb a** who said they are from Voodoo village…come on really you think they got internet there.. I mean if they can afford a computer would the be living in a shack???? Dont try to break in and steal it cause they got ADT alarm systems!!!

cv says:

March 20, 2008, 1:08 pm

oh wow. i have heard this but dont think it is true. i have lived in memphis all my life and cant beleive this is the best they have for memphis haunts. there are like 20 better ones that have been proven true. go to shadowlands and they will show every haunt in every state. anywho. liberty land is gone now so it dont matter anyways.

Tiffany says:

March 24, 2008, 7:00 pm

How can he “forget” to turn off the carousel? Weirdo!!!!! Oh well, he still did it to help a kid get a balloon. That is so sweet of him.

Caitlin says:

June 5, 2008, 8:00 am

To the person who said they were from Voodoo Village, you’re not. The people who live there do not call it that, and hate it when you do.

Milky says:

June 16, 2008, 5:27 pm

All right i had a fun adventure last night i went to alot of the suposedly haunted and REALLY creapy places last night and voodoo village was by far the SCAREIEST place i went to. Three of my friends and i went down to the bus on mary angela road around two in the morning and the scariest thing happened when we got there there was a lady standing in some type of aferican dress and she had her head crooked to the side with a deranged look on her face then she started to walk toward us. It was very foggy and as she came toward us from the fog about four other people with corpse like features emerge rom the fog and they all had VERY large knifes and the look on our faces was like “O MY GOD” its time it get the heck out of here! As we drove in reverse they started to chase us so we sped up and got the heck out of there so thats my story of my adventure from last night 6/15/08 i hope none of yall are as dumb as we were last night that was almost a near death experiance and i will probably go back tonight. HAHA

Brownie says:

August 18, 2008, 8:53 pm

I lived in Frazier Tennessee when I was a kid and I ain’t never heard about Liberty Land , but I ain’t saying it can’t be true, I like reading about haunted places .

Brownie says:

August 18, 2008, 8:55 pm

* Haunted Sorry about that *

Paul says:

August 19, 2008, 12:27 pm

I have lived in Memphis all my life also and have heard of the Libertyland story many times. Not sure if it is real or not. Also, I have beent o Voodoo Village, back in 1972 when I was a senior in high school. A friend and I went, never saw anything weird but a very spooky place.

Memphis Doll says:

August 19, 2008, 4:23 pm

Sorry guys but the Libertyland story is true but it was a 17 year old by the name of Mike Crockett who was caught in the carousel gears. I worked at Libertyland in the late eighties. I have memories that I will cherish forever from working there every summer.

See the story below from Memphis Flyer.

The Grand Carousel has long had a reputation for being haunted. On August 2nd, 1976, not two months after the park opened, a 17-year-old boy named Mike Crockett was operating the carousel as his first summer job. When a child in the park lost his balloon in the ride’s inner workings, Crockett climbed into its roof to retrieve the prize. While he was inside, the carousel somehow started up and the gears crushed him to death.

Cindi says:

October 8, 2008, 5:20 pm

My Mother,sister and I were on the carousel when this happened. I was very young and the balloon got away from the child and went in the center part of the carousel where the man running it went in after it. The ride then started to jerk and then stopped. They got us all off of the ride and here the ambulance came. We later found out the man had got caught in the motor and it killed him. This is very true. Don’t know about the haunting though.

jess says:

October 24, 2008, 2:41 am

not only has libertyland been closed down for several years now, as of this year the mid-south fair will not be held on the grounds either.(another “genius” idea of our mayor,”King Willie”) and that story was total b.s. anyway.

emma says:

October 25, 2008, 7:41 pm

when i was 10 years old i lived in a house in maryville on south ruth st my grandmother set the yellow caoe cod for sale.. its still for sale if you like haunted houses and murder you’ll love the house he (the ghost) would steal my items such as my stuffed animals, mess with my stuff, tear things, leave me scratches on me. the story is supposed to be a murderer and he lived with my grandmother

emma says:

October 25, 2008, 7:55 pm

to buy my grandmothers house or look at it go to dogwoodrealty.net

david says:

February 9, 2009, 1:19 pm

I remember the death at Libertyland. I was working there at the time in 1976. A young black kid who was operating the Carosel was killed after his uniform became caught in the carosel mechanism. The reason the story is not widely known is maybe because the kid was Black!!!!!

Clayton says:

February 21, 2009, 11:52 pm

Never heard about the ghost and I am from Memphis, though I no longer live there. The only bad thing that ever happened to me at the Fairgrounds was when a friend and myself decided to walk home from the fair, at age 15. We ended up running into a gang of thugs who attacked us and chased us back into the fair where we caught a ride with the po-po. As we were entering the police station there, we saw a very large man in the back of a squad car (so big he had to hunch his head down to sit in the back). The officer who gave us a ride back home said he was sleeping in his car with his family and the same guys who attacked us did the same to him and his family. Unfortunately, he had a gun and let off some warning shots at them, so he got arrested, while the gangsta went on to harrass others. If that officer happens to read this message, thanks for giving two long-haired, headbangers get a ride home.
Never went to Voodoo Village, but I heard all the stories growing up. I did however take a ride along Caliss Cutoff (before it was built up with apartments and what-not). I saw the scary house way-off the road and the guy driving scared the **** out of us when he turned the headlights off. It was especially bad because it was a day or two after The Ice Storm and tree limbs littered the road. I wonder what ever happend to house? The story was that some crazy dude or lady (can’t remember) killed his or her family there a long time ago.

Jeffery says:

August 3, 2009, 1:43 pm

This is not true at all. I have lived in Memphis all of my life and went to liberty land every year when the mid-south fair came, and i have never heard of this or even seen him.

Pam says:

August 20, 2009, 10:29 am

I worked there at Libertyland back in 86 and yes I worked on the Merry go around! Scary things would happen on that thing at night! Lights would go on and off for no reason, the horses would turned around the wrong way and when they come back around they would be the right way, The music would act up……I’m telling you….something wasn’t right. Even know Libertyland isn’t there…..it still haunts me about that Merry go around.

Pam says:

August 20, 2009, 10:37 am

Oh and to add to this….It wouldn’t happen when guest were in the park. It would happen after the park would close at night when we were cleaning up and getting ready for go home. I wasn’t the only one it happened to…so I wouldn’t jump and say it is BS and made up stories!

Britt says:

September 1, 2009, 12:34 am

This article verifies the Mike Crockett story. Not really sure how the story evolved from a 17 yr old boy to a lovable old man…especially since this just happened about 30 years ago.
http://www.memphisflyer.com/TheDailyBuzz/archives/2007/04/26/the-zippin-pippin–elvis-favorite-ride–is-donated-to-save-libertyland

warren says:

December 16, 2009, 3:04 pm

I am from Memphis, and I remember when this accident was in the paper.
Here is his death certificate info from the Shelby county registrar’s website:

CROCKETT MICHAEL A 08-21-1976 / 17 SHELBY SHELBY / TN NEVER MARRIED, SINGLE M BLACK 26175

Alicia says:

January 7, 2010, 4:35 pm

I’ve lived in Memphis all my life && been to Liberty Land numerous times and I have never heard of this story.lol..And as for Vodoo Village I been there too..It’s kinda weird but it’s nothing to be afraid of TRUST ME..I dnt knw what all the hype is about with that place just a typical Memphis hood to me

Chris says:

October 4, 2010, 9:58 pm

my sis went to voodoo village last weekend she said it’s all grown up with grass and the stuff isn’t painted really anymore that it’s pretty much run down now we grew up in robco lake subdivision used to find spears and what looked like sacrificed goats and calfs out in the woods dumped it really is voodoo and there really is a high voodoo priest that lives there…don’t go at night is my advice…seriously.

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Cyma80 says:

June 28, 2011, 11:25 am

Liberty Land has been torn down a few years ago. I have lived in Memphis all my life and have been there many times. I have never seen anything there but that does not mean its not true.

Charles Long says:

July 16, 2016, 7:57 pm

I worked as a ride operator at Libertyland the year they opened in 1976. I was assigned to the Antique Cars and Michael was assigned to the Carousel. We had all graduated from High School a couple of months earlier and it sounds a bit strange to hear him referred to as a man. We were all 17 and 18 years old. Since the Carousel was right next to the Antique Cars we all became friends. The Antique Cars had five or six ride operators, while the Carousel had only one. One of us from the Antique Cars would relieve Michael for his dinner break.

Here are a few facts that will clear up a few misconceptions about what happened. Michael was tragically killed trying to retrieve a kid’s balloon. He was not attempting to be a super hero. He had turned off the switch to the ride. It taskes a carousel nearly a minute to stop totally. That is why a lot of people exit the ride before it has stopped totally. The gears are huge and it just takes that much time for them to stop. The ride had nearly come to a complete stop. Michael went in the door to the middle portion of the ride and his shirt was caught on a gear. He was pulled between this gear and the main gear. He was dead and it took the fire department over an houir to pull his body out.

I attended his funeral with several other employees from the park. That was the first time I went to a funeral of a kid my age. He was buried in the Veterans Cemetery on National, right off of Jackson Ave. The story was reported, but it was more like a large obituary than a first page story. It was probably in the Metro Section of the Commercial Appeal and in the Press Schimetar, which was still the afternoon paper at that time.

I was assigned to the Carousel a couple of times a week. When the ride was running at full speed it shook like crazy and the phone on the inside of the door to the inside of the ride would often begin to ring. It was due to the shaking, but it did scare some of the people operating it at night.

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