In Pulaski County, 1938, Carl Pruitt returned home after a long day at work. He was expecting to find his wife in the kitchen, but to his horror, he found his wife in bed with another man. Pruitt was enraged. He grabbed a chain and began strangling his wife and killed her. Her lover took the opportunity to run from the scene. When Pruitt realised the madness of what he had done, he committed suicide.
The family of Pruitt’s wife, for obvious reasons, hated him for what he had done and refused to forgive him, so they made sure he was buried in a different cemetery, in a different town. When the visitors to the cemetery came across Pruitt’s tombstone, they noticed something very odd. The stone had not been there for very long, but the discolouration of the stone looked like it had formed strange circles that looked like they were linking together, making it look like there was a chain on the stone. This drew the attention of many people, including a young group of boys who rode their bikes to the cemetery a month after the chain had formed. One boy threw a rock at the stone which chipped it. As the boys rode home, the chain came off the boy’s bike and, somehow wrapped around his neck, strangling him to death. The boy’s mother was naturally distraught and took an axe to the tombstone. The next day, she was hanging out her washing when the washing line snapped and, mysteriously, wrapped around her neck, killing her. Her death was investigated and they found the axe covered in rock dust and dented, yet Pruitt’s stone remained intact.
A short time later, a farmer was riding by the cemetery in a horse drawn cart with his family. The farmer, for reasons unknown, pulled out a pistol, and shot at Pruitt’s stone. The gunfire spooked the horse causing it to speed up. The farmer’s family quickly jumped from the cart, but the farmer stayed on until he was thrown from the carriage and the rein wrapped around his neck, strangling him.
At this point, the towns folk was talking about the grave and the curse. Two police officers thought this to be hogwash, so decided to take pictures of themselves at the grave site. As they drove away, a bright light started to follow them. They tried to speed away which led them to drive off the road and into a fence. The officer in the passenger seat was thrown from the car and survived, but his partner was almost decapitated by a chain between the two fence posts.
The 1940’s rolled around, and most people were avoiding the cemetery out of fear of losing their own lives. One man went to the cemetery though, and started to smash the stone with a hammer. People could hear the thuds against the stone, but was quickly replace by a blood curdling scream. The townspeople ran to investigate and found the man dead at the gates. He was apparently frightened by something and attempted to run away. As he approached the exit, the chain used to lock the gates, somehow, wrapped around his neck and strangled him to death. That was the last death the people in the town were willing to endure, so they exhumed the bodies and a stripping company removed all the markers, including Pruitt’s wrathful tombstone.