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April 24, 2013

Iowa's Pioneer cemeteries getting some much-needed help

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To witch for graves, Dickey will take two L-shaped metal rods and place the handles in the shell of a plastic pen. This will give the rods free movement inside the plastic. Then, as she walks through the cemetery, the rods will actually cross when they pass over a grave, and she can mark the spot with flags.

“If it’s a male grave, they will cross at the feet [of the buried body]. If it’s a female, they will cross at the head,” she said. “And now, if it’s a cremation, they will spin.”

Dickey says that not everybody can witch for graves — in a group she took to a cemetery recently, she was the only one who could. Other times, everyone sees results. And not everyone will have the same results, either. For some people, the rods will cross at the head or feet. For others, they will cross or swing out, pointing in the right direction. It will vary from person to person, she said.

 

 

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