THE HAUNTED LA RECOLETA CEMETERY
Perhaps the most disturbing and famed story to come out of the La Recoleta Cemetery is that of Rufina Cambaceras. In 1902 Rufina, who was just 19 years of age, was found seemingly lifeless by her parents. Her passing was sudden and shocking given her young age, yet doctors confirmed her death and her parents made arrangements for her body to be transported to the La Recoleta Cemetery where she would be interred.
The night that Rufina’s body arrived at the cemetery saw a terrible storm roll in and her burial was postponed due to heavy rain. Rufina was placed inside a coffin and stored in the cemetery’s chapel. The next morning staff in the chapel noticed that her coffin has been disturbed, having moved slightly with its lid sitting ajar.
Rufina’s already distraught parents were contacted and informed of the possible tampering of their daughter’s body. They requested to sight her, fearing that grave robbers may have broken into her coffin to steal the valuable jewelry she was buried with.
When the coffin was opened, Rufina’s body was found bruised and bloody. The wood of the coffin encasing her had also been desperately scratched and clawed at. The terrible truth that Rufina had in fact been buried alive was then revealed. It was discovered that she had suffered from a rare medical condition leaving her in a comatose state, fooling doctors into believing she had died.
Rufina is now laid to rest in a mausoleum that sports a likeness of her walking out of its door. Though many believe that she may not be resting with her spirit thought to haunt the La Recoleta Cemetery, where she spent her panicked and fear filled final moments.
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