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Salt Lake City, Utah

Victim of the Beast Gravestone

Here lies Lilly E. Gray, an alleged "Victim of the Beast," but no one knows why. 

The strange inscription on this tombstone reads “Lilly E. Gray, Victim of the Beast 666.” 

But it’s unclear which is stranger–the inscription or the fact that no one seems to know what it means or why it was placed here.

It seems inherently mean-spririted, yet everything else about the grave marker seems lovingly planned and cared for. It has been more than half a century since Lilly died, if that is indeed her name, and the mystery of the meaning behind the inscription endures.

Know Before You Go

You can grab a free map at the Salt Lake Cemetery’s office. The coordinates for the grave are X-1-169-4-E. For those not intimately familiar with the cemetery, that is in the most southeast section of the cemetery, directly across the small street dividing the city cemetery from Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Each section is titled on the curbs and Plat X-1 is off of 355 North, between 1150 East and 1200 East. Find the intersection of 355 North and 1200 East, then the gravestone is 14 rows west, 9 graves south.