It's almost Halloween so Let's Visit the Vampire Crypt

Education & Training with Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate

Erie Cemetary, Erie, PA

Vampire Crypt 


I can vouch that the Vampire Cyrpt does exist.  For years I have heard the stories about the Vampire Crypt in the Erie Cemetary and finally I had the opportunity to tour the Erie Cemetary with the Erie Cemetary Lady and see the Vampire Crypt for myself.

The Erie Cemetary incorporated in 1849 has many lavish mausoleums but the Vampire Crypt stands out because it is fairly sparse.  The name of the crypt is missing but over the door is an ornate symbol that many claim is a 'V' hence the name 'Vampire Crypt'.

Per Caroline's presentation a young high school student who lived near the cemetary visited the cemetary very, very early one morning.  With his tools he was able to break the lock on the crypt.  Despite the awful smell he went inside and to his surprise found a body lying on ledge.

A brillant ring on the corpse caught his eye so he quickly removed the ring & placed it on his own finger.

The sun was beginning to come up so he left quickly.  On his way home he stopped at a friend's house to tell him that he had been to the Vampire Crypt & would tell him more on the way to school.

Long story shortened:  He never went to school that day.  He was found dead on his bed.  He died of a heart attack; his finger had been severed & the ring was gone.  This is just one of the many legends about the Vampire Crypt in Erie Cemetary.


Google 'Vampire Crypt Erie PA' for more.


Vampire, etc.



Tours presented by Caroline Reichel in cooperation with Erie Cemetary Association.  Caroline is an avid genealogist and local historian. She can be reached via or 814-868-4423.  Tours conducted twice monthly May-October.



Posted by


Mary Yonkers


      I thought about a Real Estate career for 11 years before I made the decision to get my Pennsylvania Real Estate license in mid-80's.  

      Thirty years later I can say affirmatively that Real Estate has been a fantastic career. 

      Come join me in class soon. Mary Yonkers, Real Estate Instructor


With so many homes for sale in Erie PA, this is the right time to begin your career as a Real Estate salesperson in Erie, PA.

 2018 Alan Kells

Mary Yonkers, Real Estate Instructor


 Mary Yonkers Howard Hanna Real Estate Services in Erie, PA

          Office:  814-835-1200 or Cell:  814-881-7548

Real Estate Classes Alan Kells Schools of Real Estate in Erie, PA  1-412-967-0240 

Real Estate Career in Erie, PA  1-814-835-1200


Comments (6)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

What an interesting urban legend Mary Yonkers 

Oct 29, 2016 10:33 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's a fascinating old local legend for Erie, Mary!  Kids, and even some adults love stories like that one!

Oct 29, 2016 11:11 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Mary Yonkers ,  That's quite a scary story.  You won't get me near there.

Oct 29, 2016 01:17 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

So many spooky cemetery stories on Halloween-I usually love cemeteries but definitely not on October 31!

Oct 29, 2016 02:19 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is a sad story. Thank you for sharing. Have a good Halloween.

Oct 29, 2016 10:11 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I love stories like this....perfect for Halloween!

So there are no records stating who owned this or built it?

Nov 04, 2016 12:24 AM