POSTED: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 10:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Police are searching for the vandals who opened a grave at a Spartanburg, South Carolina cemetery and stole a skull.
Police believe someone opened the grave at Oakwood Cemetery and took the skull on Monday.
The grave site was still in disarray on Wednesday.
The headstone and cinder blocks were strewn around the area.
The casket was partially exposed, and it was apparent that someone deliberately chipped away the cement seal over it.
The lid of the casket was also askew.
There are graves dating back to the 1800s in Oakwood Cemetery, but the grave that was desecrated on Monday is from the 1960s.
The cemetery is infamous in the paranormal community.
It is often referred to as "Hell's Gates Cemetery" or simply as "Hell's Gates."
The origin of the name is not clear, but it appears in many references to the cemetery.
People have reported seeing unexplained mists and apparitions, hearing voices and having problems with electronic devices while in the cemetery, and paranormal investigators list Oakwood/Hell's Gates on many Internet sites as a place of unexplained activity.
The South Carolina Paranormal Investigations website has a warning about the cemetery that says:"Do not, and I repeat -- do not -- go here alone or at dark. There have been several encounters with very hostile Satanists."