Horror stories from the graves at Woodlawn Cemetery in West Palm Beach


There was no moon the night we went searching for the graves of murderers and the murdered.

We knew the damp earth of Woodlawn Cemetery in West Palm Beach hid century-old secrets. Photographer Lannis Waters and I were hoping to find them.

Here among the gnarled roots of brooding banyan trees lie the final resting places of some of Palm Beach County's oldest and most tragic stories.

Tales from the Crypts: The horror stories and forgotten histories of the tombstones at Woodlawn Cemetery


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