Maryland December 22, 2016
This Park In Maryland Has A Dark And Evil History That Will Never Be Forgotten
There are a multitude of beautiful parks in Maryland but there is only one known to locals as
murder park. This green space nestled in Baltimore has a dark history of death, and some even refer to it as an unregistered graveyard. Read on to learn more about Leakin Park and its unnerving past.
Leakin Park and the adjoining Gwynns Falls Park have been around for quite some time. Pictured above is Orianda Mansion which was built in 1908.
While you can stroll the grounds and explore its historical features, this location's twisted past sadly overshadows its reputation.
This space borders two of the most high-crime neighborhoods in Baltimore. Because of the park's many wooded and secluded areas, it became a popular spot over the years for dumping the bodies of murder victims.
As of 1946, a whopping 71 bodies have been found in the park. However, that number could be much higher due to inconsistencies in archiving.
Bodies found have belonged to both males and females, ages ranging from less than a year to 69 years old.
While one would assume all bodies found were gang-related, they'd be wrong. Some of the victims were killed by their spouses, mothers' lives ended by their own children, and many more disturbing stories that could be straight out of a horror movie.
In 2011, efforts began to close off some of the
riskier parts of the park. A newer bike trail was also cleared, making the park a more desirable location for visitors. More foot traffic meant body dumpers were more likely to be caught in the act.
Today, crime remains in Gwynns Falls and Leakin Park but it has dimmed a bit. Folks can visit the Nature Center, miniature railroad, or attend the annual Herb Festival and Bug Fest.
Unfortunately, this park's grisly reputation will always be remembered. It was mentioned in the hit TV series The Wire, and was a focal point in the Serial podcast. One can't help but wonder if and when the next body will be discovered.
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