Imagine opening the family vault to inter the most recently deceased family member and finding that the coffins inside the vault appear to have been moved around. Not only would this be shocking, but it would be infuriating. Did grave robbers break in and open up coffins? How were heavy lead coffins moved around and more importantly, why? And most importantly, how was the large heavy stone blocking the door moved? This is what happened to the Chase family of Barbados.
The Chase Vault was located in a West Indian cemetery and was first
used in 1807. Like most vaults, part of the structure was above
ground. It was built from coral, carved stone and concrete walls.
Several family members were placed in the vault without incident, but
when the patriarch met his demise things got really weird. Bereaved
friends and family members were stunned to open the Chase family vault
and discover that the previous occupants’ coffins had been moved
around. This same discovery was made each and every time the vault was
opened. Examinations were made to the vault door of stone and nothing
appeared out of place each and every time. Nothing was ever stolen from
the vault either.
Earthquakes have been ruled out as a cause for the movement of the
coffins because the wooden coffin was not found out of place. Flooding
of the vault was ruled out as well because the sand trap was
undisturbed. Could the lead that the coffins were made from been moved
by some magnetic force that had an effect on a metal like lead? This
seems hard to believe. Particularly since the coffins were not merely
shifted slightly, but were actually tossed about in what seemed a
violent way. Some claim the story is just a hoax. Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, surmised that restless spirits
were to blame be cause several occupants of the vault had not passed in
pleasant ways. Whatever the case may be, the moving coffins of Barbados
are an intriguing mystery.