Graveyard Trysts

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…”

That was not the first “moonlight meeting” between the pair, according to the wife.
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.‘”

I’m just glad I’ve never interrupted any interludes during my graveyard strolls. I imagine that’d be pretty awkward for everyone involved.

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