DIANA OF THE DUNES
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
The story of Diana of the Dunes.
This story begins in Chicago,
Illinois with a beautiful young lady by the name of the Alice Marble Gray. Alice
was born to a very influential couple in Chicago. She was cultured, educated,
and traveled to many places with her parents including one of her favorites
around Chesterton, Indiana. The area, that she so loved, is now the location of
Dunes State Park in Chesterton, Indiana.
There was not really much there when her and her
family visited the area just a lot of wooded terrain, but it was a wonderful
place to relax and enjoy nature.
When Alice became an adult, she worked in Chicago
as an editorial secretary for a popular magazine. Alice began having problems
with her vision, which was deteriorating, and it made it impossible for her to
do her job properly and she moved to the place that she had loved as a child,
Chesterton, Indiana. No one knows the reason that she became such a recluse and
lived alone in an old abandoned fisherman’s cottage on the Lake Michigan.
In 1915, stories spread before anyone was aware of
Alice’s existence on the lake, that fishermen had seen a beautiful nude lady
swimming in the lake, this was none other than Alice. Alice loved this area and
would often swim in the lake, take walks in the woods, and borrow books from the
library. Before long, her nude swimming gave her the title of Diana of the
Dunes, since her beauty was compared to that of the ancient Greek goddess Diana.
Alice met a drifter by the name of Paul Wilson in
1920. He had a somewhat shady past and was at the time of their meeting an
unemployed boat builder. Alice was very happy or seemed to be in the beginning
during the “courting stage” of their relationship. Wilson moved into the cottage
with Alice shortly after the couple met.
This is where her story becomes sad. In 1922, the
body of a man beaten and burned was found on the beach close by their home.
Wilson was suspected to have something to do with the murder. The police
questioned him, but did not have enough evidence to hold him and he was
After this, Alice and Wilson moved to Michigan City, Indiana. Here they made
their living selling the handmade furniture they created and Alice gave birth to
two daughters. He was an abusive husband and he would beat Alice terribly and
treat her even worse. Alice died shortly after giving birth to her second
daughter, the cause of death was uremia poisoning which was complicated by
repeated blows to her back and stomach. Wilson disappeared and there is no
mention of the daughters after this time.
Today, many have seen Alice again in her favorite
place, the beach at Dunes State Park in Chesterton, Indiana. The ghostly figure
has been seen running nude on the beach and taking a dip in the chilly waters of
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