When plotting a clandestine “romantic” rendezvous, I’m guessing that a lot of lovers don’t think of a graveyard as the obvious choice to carry out their devious deeds, but here are some lovers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries who did.
|The Arizona Republican 8 May 1892|
In May 1892 “The Arizona Republican” decided to call out a couple who frequented a cemetery “every pleasant afternoon-and they are all pleasant” with vague descriptions, warning them to be more cautious.
|The San Francisco Call 8 Aug. 1910|
In 1902, Maria Gonsalves caught her gardener husband having an affair with his widowed employer amidst the burial grounds of a local cemetery. The account reads, “Affinities making violent love in the San Leandro graveyard at night, an angry wife appearing like a ghost from among the shadows of the tombstones, a surprised and faithless husband recovering from his agitation in time to thrash his wife until she could hardly stagger across the graves on her homeward way…”
|Evening Public Ledger 1 Mar. 1922|
Stephen Mackey filed for divorce from his wife, Bertha, in 1922 after having to make a “grave decision” once he heard that his wife was meeting a lover in a cemetery. “Remarking on the unusual character of the alleged trysting place, Mackey, through counsel, said that when the report of the occurrences reached him he decided a ‘grave situation’ had arisen, and he must take action. The cemetery was selected for the tryst, it was suggested, ‘because all the witnesses were dead.‘”