During what is now known as the Killing Time, MacKenzie was known for his elaborate torture and murder techniques, earning him the name Bloody MacKenzie. He was a member of Scottish parliament and council, but was responsible for carrying out the King’s dirty work. MacKenzie was responsible for nearly 18,000 deaths over his 8-year reign.
Eventually MacKenzie died in 1691 and was buried at Greyfriars Kirkyard in a tomb to memorialize him which has been given the name ‘”The Black Mausoleum”. Just over 300 years after his passing was the first report of any kind of mysterious happenings at Greyfriars…
It was 1998 when the hauntings began. A homeless man found his way into Greyfriars and broke into MacKenzie’s tomb, likely looking for shelter as some sources state it was storming at the time.
After gaining access, he tried to open the crypt, probably in search of jewelry or any valuable that may have been inside, but in doing so, he fell through the corroded floor into a burial pit below. He was surrounded by centuries-old bones with the stench of death surrounding him. The unsuspecting homeless man climbed out the pit, escaped the mausoleum and ran off screaming into the night. He wasn’t seen or heard from again.
That is what is said to have released the evil spirit of the Bloody MacKenzie. A few weeks later, two visitors reported a cold gust of air blowing them back, while the other had no memory but was said to be rendered unconscious at the entrance of the tomb. When awoken, it was discovered she had choke-like bruises around her throat as if she had been strangled by an invisible entity.
Following what is believed to be the release of MacKenzie’s ghost, there have been over 500 visitors whom have suffered everything from burns, scratches, nausea, and dizziness. There are even documented pictures of these reports and one person even had their finger broken by an unseen force.
There’s no doubt this is one of the more violent poltergeists with the ability to physically harm any human they deem deserving. In 1999 an exorcism was conducted at the mausoleum by Colin Grant, a minister of a church. During the exorcism to try and ward off evil spirits, he felt the presences of hundreds of tormented souls and claimed the negative energy was too powerful and evil was sensed.
He left Greyfriars without completing the exorcism and mysteriously died three weeks later from a heart attack.
When the exorcism was being performed, a picture was taken with what looks like a person stood looking out the window of the building that borders MacKenzie’s tomb, strangely the building was derelict and no one was inside.
The spirit of the Bloody MacKenzie is still a mystery and maybe he still walks the Greyfriars Kirkyard today, waiting for more visitors to come and see just how far he’s willing to go…
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