The bizarre grave of Lilly E. Gray is located in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. It’s a plain, flat stone with an inscription of her date of birth and date of demise (June 6, 1881 and November 14, 1958). It’s what’s written next to these figures than makes this gravestone mysterious: “Victim of the Beast 666”. What could that mean?
That’s all that is carved on Lilly E. Gray’s grave, except for a few flowers, which are often referred to as “The Devil’s Lantern.” According to hospital records, she died of natural causes. Nothing out of the ordinary was mentioned in her short obituary. In other words, there are no historical records to explain this mysterious message.
What’s even more interesting is the fact that Lilly’s husband, Elmer Gray, is buried in the same cemetery, but far away from Lilly in a different section of the graveyard. This has led to much speculation that he may have been the beast in question.
Did he really kill her? Did one of Lilly’s friends or relatives commissioned the inscription to condemn Elmer? Or was this, as some people seem to think, a reference to occultist Aleister Crowley, who liked to call himself The Beast 666? If so, how was he connected to Lilly? Or Lilly herself was an occultist and fell victim to some unusual ritual?
Nobody actually knows the answers. We can work only with the little facts we have. Lilly moved to the area in 1950, only eight years before her death, and her grave has become a local legend. Maybe this mystery will remain unsolved but, in the end, mysteries are one of the most fascinating aspects of history.