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The Witch’s Grave

Old Mesilla, New Mexico
By Robin Wright

Old Mesilla and the area around it has had a dubious history, even before anyone officially settled there. The city of Las Cruces, the second largest city in New Mexico and a mere 6 miles from the quaint town of Old Mesilla was so named because of an 1830 massacre of a wagon train headed west along the trail known as El Camino Real. When the survivors buried their dead, they put up the requisite markings of crosses. Those following used it as a landmark, calling it “La Placita De Las Cruces”–the place of the crosses. Those who settled along the trail shortened it to Las Cruces. Las Cruces is now a bustling modern metropolitan, but enter Mesilla, New Mexico and you step back two hundred years.

Mesilla still has the thick adobe walled buildings that kept out both heat and dust. This was where Billy the Kid was caught, jailed, and allowed to escape. This is also the home of San Albino’s cemetery, home of the Witch’s Grave.

At the end of Calle De Lupe is the dirt packed ground that composes the cemetery. Tumbleweeds skitter across the graves, but your eyes will be drawn from the beautiful sculptures that serve as tombstones to a 4’x4’ cinderblock and cement tomb decorated with a 2‘ black cross that someone has carved with the number “666.” This, legend says, is the Witch’s tomb. It is the only headstone in the cemetery that has no name inscribed on it. There is no record of who she is or what she had done to get such a fortified grave, but it has been said that when she was buried there, her ghost kept trying to get out from its supposed final resting place. She has spent decades trying to find a crack that will set her free, and those who live near the cemetery have spent just as many years repairing the cracks that do appear.

Local lore claims a girl once slept on the tomb in response to a dare. She walked away alive, but was afterwards afflicted with incurable epilepsy. Further caution to those who feel the need to visit– in case escaping witches and mysterious illnesses aren’t enough, the fine folk who live near the cemetery do not appreciate late night visitors, and strongly discourage entering the cemetery after dark.

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Anonymous says:

October 6, 2005, 12:05 pm

There are other haunted place here, such as the old english building at gadsden high, and the double eagle restraunt.

Seby Aleaxander says:

October 10, 2005, 12:55 pm

never heard of this about the witch’s grave !

Chester says:

October 10, 2005, 11:05 pm

Where is the witch grave in New

ME says:

October 20, 2005, 5:23 pm

I think this is a load of ****.

me's friend says:

October 20, 2005, 9:30 pm

I agree with me!!!!

be bop says:

October 27, 2005, 6:04 pm

well deal with it all of you are the load of **** and dont know how to spell. freaken mexicans go back were you came from.

drako says:

October 27, 2005, 8:37 pm

First of all “be bop” you are a racist @sshol. I come from old mellsia I have seen the witches grave and it is a legend so why don’t you go back to where you are from. By the way learn some damn geography. Mexico is different from NEW Mexico. That extra word in front of Mexico is the tricky part I know, but even someon as sorry as you can read!!! You are shameful and just sorry!!!!!!!!

Courtney says:

October 28, 2005, 11:54 pm

Why is it that all these people think New Mexico is Mexico come on look at a map sometime didn’t you take geography in school you should befour you shoot your mouth off

rosie says:

October 30, 2005, 2:08 am

why do u all whine abut this **** if u dont belive it dont search 4 it then if u gonna say this is **** well hey u r bigger **** cuz no 1 is forcing u to read no 1 minds if u dont the writer juss participates on given their story for the entertainment of all yahl suckers so dont hate……….cuz yahl full of ****…..

Jr says:

October 31, 2005, 10:30 am

Why is everybody arguing here? Take it out side. And ‘be bop’ shut your freaking mouth!

Nikki-A proud New Mexican! says:

October 31, 2005, 6:34 pm

Although Ive never heard of this story, I believe it to be true. New Mexico is so full of traditions AND cultures, that just about anything is possible. You dont have to believe these stories if you dont want to, but dont put them down either. If you didnt believe in these stories or if you weren’t even a little curious about them, you wouldnt have checked out this site in the fist place. It’s these stories that keep OUR traditions going and they’re certainly not dumb or stupid. Generations passed, have kept many of these stories and tales (whether true or not) alive. Now we’re the generation that has to keep them alive! La Llorona, La Mala Hora, El Chupacabra…these are things that need to continue on. Whether we’ve seen/experienced them or not, someone, somewhere did and I believe that there are truths to these stories.

charles says:

November 18, 2005, 1:09 am

Thank you, for your mature, open minded, and courious spirited retort. I myself don”t like to see people argue over things they can’t understand either. May you find your answers on your journeys.

Julia says:

November 24, 2005, 4:33 pm

Go, Nikki! If you just want to chew someone out don’t bother commenting, and if you don’t believe it why are you looking it up?

As for this, I’m..not quite sure what to think. There are always several superstitions and things centered around the paranormal, animals, etc., but then again, there’s only one way to find out, isn’t there? And I don’t think I wanna try that one out :-P
You never know. I’m a little suspicious of ghost stories, but I would have been even more so…..If I didn’t have some of my own to tell..

courtney DeLong says:

November 29, 2005, 5:24 pm

why are u all argueing over something as serius as this ?people who think this is a load of **** why don’t u look in the frakin toilet then you will see your reflection as a pile of ****. and 4 ure information u can find a pile of **** in ure toilet!!!!! so cut ure ****!!!! nikki has a point ya’ll should listen to her she knows whats she’s talking about, i’ve experianced a ghost or 2 myself!! i can record their voices and i can contact them!!!!! ask me any thing about them i read i watch the shows and i try it myself!!!!!!! so try me!!

Stephanie Boles says:

December 15, 2005, 12:30 am

You all have very little idea with you are talking about, and I’m surprised that more of you haven’t experianced these grave site, although I am grad that this particular site hasn’t been attracting too much attention. Since I was little, my parents have always made it a point to educate us about the power of negs. If you open your energy, whether it be positive, negative, sexual, or spiritual you will forever hold crumblings of the spirit in which you cross. These spirits can become attached without your knowing, but purpose can drive these negs deeper into your plane, especially when you tempt these beings.

My point and I promise you I do have one, is that this particular site is where I met my first real neg. I am not telling you this, so that you will go out and tempt the forces of this energy, I am telling you this in hopes it will dissuade you.

My boyfriend used to find it amusing to ruffle the feathers of these types of infamous spirits. He drove my cousin and me out to the grave stone on Nov 1 (the day of the dead.) He ran around and jumped on her grave site as I yelled pleaing with him.. Out of the corner of my eyes I saw a young boy about 100 yards away. When I walked up to the grave, a boy ,age 8 was buried there. There is no way I could have seen that from that distance in the dark. When I turnned around there was a dark swarm surrounding my boyfriend. The air was heavy and unseasonable cold (kinda like a basement). I screamed for them to get into the car. As we were driving away you could feel the extra weight on the back of the vehical. We drove around for sometime trying to shake the entity, but it wouldn’t leave. When we went into the house. I headed back into the bedroom. Everything felt heavy, I can’t fully explain it, but it was as someone was looking in on us. My dog (who rarely barks) begins baying in the living room. I came out and a chair from the table was moved against the door. And I couldn’t get Molly to stop barking. After that night, she would start barking for no reason. I would have strange things happen, like someone pounding on the door at night, and no one there. Strange noises on the roof. I even called the police one night because it sounded as someone was trying to break into my house. The windows would rattle. Things (like pictures on the walls, necklaces I had made, shiny head pieces) starting disappearing. I finnally quit sleeping there. And moved. The presence isn’t as strong now. But I have been taking steps to pull the attachment that still resides in my lower back. I know it sounds hooky, a little nuts. But believe me, youJ don’t want a reason to really believe. I hope to god that this entry does stimulate any curiousity about this place. I know it sounds like a stupid story, but just don’t mess with her. He needs the energy to survive, and the weaker she is the less she can threaten those of us who have stumbled apon her.

Gabriel says:

December 15, 2005, 6:48 pm

let’s go to the grave and make some crack’s


does anyone got the adress

Devan says:

January 5, 2006, 1:49 am

Whoa Whoa Stephanie! I gave up after the first paragraph, damn. Who cares. This is a b/s story. Sorry to burst your guys bubbles. heh…More Like AssCracks and Witchcraft

amanda says:

January 5, 2006, 5:07 pm

thats a interesting story stephanie. i know i would have been scared. did the entity ever try to hurt you?

Janette says:

January 9, 2006, 2:22 am

I have heard of a lot of hauntings in New Mexico other then in Old Mesilla and Santa Fe. I heard about an abandoned hospital in Silver City. It seemed pretty intersting, if anyone knows what I’m talking about please contact me or put up a story about it. I aslo heard about a church that people say have seen a priest hanging from the middle of it. This church is somewhere outside of Silver City. If anyone knows about either of these locations, please put a story up about them I would really like to know more about them.

laura says:

February 4, 2006, 12:35 pm

nikki i agree with you i mean why do they come to this website and read the scary stories if there gonna be talking **** about them

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