Young Hearts Run Free — Warning– Story Could be Upsetting to Some


One of my Halloween posts from California in 2011.


The city of Colma just outside of San Francisco has always been known to everyone as The City of the Dead. With an area of only 2.2 square miles; Colma holds some kind of record with 17 cemeteries. In 1900 San Francisco made a decision that no more burials were to be allowed as it was taking up space where people could pay rent. The city decided hands down that the non-rent paying dead could be shipped to Colma.

In 2010 two human hearts contained in jars were found partially buried in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. There were two pictures of a young couple in their 20’s pinned to each heart in the jars buried side-by-side. The coroner’s office examined the hearts and agreed they had been surgically removed from dead bodies, autopsied, and also contained traces of embalming fluid.


There was residue from candles and cigars and so it was thought that it might have been some kind of ritual that might be connected with Santeria. Where is Ted Danson and Gary Sinise of CSI when you need them? Having read a lot about Santeria I knew it had nothing to do with the religion. Sometimes the media like to play spin-the bottle with the reading public.

They had been placed near the graves of children that had died way too young. A horrible fire had claimed the lives of those two children years ago as they had been trapped in a home built  on hills too steep for firetrucks to reach them. The last time that anyone had seen them they were in the upper window waving frantically. Help did not come fast enough, and they tragically perished in the fire. The parents had been rescued but they survived with a heavy price. The had to live with the fact that they could just not reach the rest of their family in time.

The two families rebuilt their home, but things were never the same. Both longed for the sounds and sights of the children that would never return. In the years to follow they expanded their family. One family had a boy, and the other a girl.The young children told their parents they used to hear giggling in the dark of night on both sides of the duplex. Everyone was positive their deceased children were still with them in spirit.

Years passed and their precious young additions grew into adults. Both the grown children had taken a fancy to each other and married. In their vows they promised never to forget their sisters that had died in the fire. A few months ago the now elderly couple had a car accident and both did not make it. True to their marriage vows they were cremated and their hearts were removed and put in jars.

So late one night when these jars were found no one quite understood. They thought it was a crime, or a Santerian love spell, that maybe gone bad. No one knew that the family was finally together. The mothers, the fathers, the daughters, and the son. Two happy families finally together again. Sometimes in the gloom of the night you can see them all sipping tea and singing grand songs. For in their own world they are all one again.


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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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