Clipper Staff Writer
KAYSVILLE — Legends of ghosts and werewolves have surrounded Kays Cross for decades, drawing mainly teens looking for a good scare or a good time.
Through the decades it was illegal to trespass on the property, until last Friday the 13th, when a spook alley opened to legally give people a glimpse of the ruins and, hopefully, a good scare.
“It’s the first time people have been allowed down there without it being trespassing,” said Woods Cross resident Jared Peterson, creator of “The Ghosts of Kay’s Cross,” spook alley, which will run nightly, except Sundays, through Nov. 2. The cross is at 388 Boynton Road.
No one seems to know for sure who built the cross or why, or if there are truly ghosts and werewolves in the area.
“I think for sure there are spirits,” Peterson said. “I don’t know if it’s always been haunted, but I do know that teens and others have done (satanic) rituals and animal sacrifices in the past. The spirits are down there. I’ve never seen anything, but I’ve heard things.”
The cross appeared in the 1940s or ‘50s. Rumors spread about its origin and the spirits that haunt the area.
“I’ve heard stories of a lady in a white dress, who seems to be from the ‘40s or ‘50s,” Peterson said.
Some say the ghost is the murdered wife of the landowner, who built the cross as a monument to the woman or his family. Some say the monument’s builder was a polygamist. Another version of the grisly tale says the husband hung himself after the deed.
Another tale has the landowner as the victim of marauders who killed the landowner and his family.
However, through the years, there has been no verification of any murder on the site.
In April of 1992, the Desert News reported that Merlin Kingston met with the Kaysville-Layton Historical Society and told them he had built the monument with a preacher named Krishna Pencovick in 1946.
Kingston allegedly told members of the society that the large “K” on top of the cross stood for kingdom, a reference Pencovick used in his preaching.
Unnamed sources gave the Deseret News reporter the information, and members of the society confirmed a meeting was held with Kingston. However, no one would confirm what was said at the meeting.
Some say the man was Krishna Venta, a California cult leader, who claimed to be a reincaration of Jesus Christ.
The news report ran only months after an explosion demolished the cross on Feb. 25, 1992.
That explosion is just another part of the mystery of the cross.
No one knows who blew the cross up or why, but the blast obliterated the base, according to a report on the website utahgothic.com. No one was ever arrested. However, all that remains is the base and rubble.
Even though the cross was obliterated, people still come to the site.
On the first night that the spook alley opened, it rained all day. Still, Peterson said, “We did better than other spook alleys.”
It is a half-mile trail of ghosts, monsters, werewolves and a maze.
Tickets for “The Ghosts of Kays Cross,” are $21 and can be purchased online at hauntedkayscross.com, where other information is available.