Rings on Her Fingers

Rings on Her Fingers is a scary story for kids about a grave robber who digs up a woman’s corpse and steals her jewelry. It is based on an old folktale, found in England and Ireland, called “The Thievish Sexton”. A version of this story was included in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Rings on Her Fingers

One day, Florence Wyndham suddenly took ill and slipped into a coma. Despite all that the doctors tried to do for her, she eventually died. Her husband was heartbroken. She was buried in a small cemetery about a mile from her home.

In the middle of the night, a grave robber broke into the cemetery. He was carrying a lantern and a shovel. He began to dig her up. When his shovel eventually hit wood, he scrambled down into the grave and prised the coffin open.

Holding up the lantern, he looked at the corpse inside and saw two gold rings on the dead woman’s fingers. Taking hold of her cold, dead hand, he began trying to pull off the rings, but they were stuck fast.

He decided that the only way to get the gold rings was to cut off her fingers. Taking a knife out of his pocket, he sliced into the finger with the with the first gold ring and, to his horror, it began to bleed.

He heard a rustling sound and the woman’s corpse began to stir. Suddenly, it sat up straight in the coffin. The terrified man jerked backwards and accidentally dropped the lantern. He was left in complete darkness, crouched down in the grave, frozen in fear. Just then, he felt ten cold fingers around his neck.

The man let out a horrible scream and scrambled out of the grave as fast as he could. In a panic, he began running, not daring to look back. Blinded by fear and confusion, he had no idea where he was going. He just kept running through the pitch darkness.

In his terror, the man didn’t realize that he was fleeing in the wrong direction. He ran headlong over the edge of a cliff and fell down onto the rocks below. He fell on his own knife and it stabbed him straight through the heart. The thief bled to death at the bottom of the cliff.

Comments

  1. Saliq_Khan says

    This page wasn’t worth saving but I read your comment @Bhavishka. Made me save it. Laughable story. Ha ha ha

  2. Bhavishka says

    My grandfather told me a version of this story… the woman held in her fart for too long and died because of it. When the people tried to rob her grave, they couldnt take the ring off her finger. They tried to pull the ring off and pulled her finger so hard that she farted and came back to life

  3. Illusionist_6 says

    That’s really bad I mean who in their right minds would steal a ring from a dead person? Stupid guy.

  4. Buffy says

    It says he chopped off one of her fingers, and it began to bleed but then it says ‘he felt ten cold fingers around his neck’ dunno if its supposed to be like that, but its creepy hehe.

  5. stephaniejade97 says

    I think its silly to say he fell off a cliff but died because he bled to death, if the rocks didn’t kill him, being stabbed in the heart would have done it instantly. Also, what was the point of saying she was buried a mile from the husbands house, i was expecting the robber to run screaming into the husbands house, then the husband gets angry and insane for robbing his wifes grave… I dont think it was that good personally

  6. Babyd6796 says

    I think now they edited the story ForeverRetarted and scary ghot fan
    At first the corspe talked but then i get back they took it out so ysah they edited

  7. scary ghost fan says

    Good story but Foreverretarded I totally agree who IS Daisy….Oh wait maybe its the dead womans naaaaame…

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