The Greenbrier Ghost

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History Witch


Elva Zona Heaster grew up in Greenbriar County West Virginia. There is not a whole lot of information on her early life, but we do know that she married a drifter named Erasmus Stribbling Trout Shue (WTH kind of name is that anyway?). Lucky for him, he went by Edward. The two were married shortly after they met in 1896.

Her mother, Mary Jane, did NOT approve of the marriage.

On January 23, 1897, Zona was found dead at the foot of the stairs by an errand boy. Her body was in a very peculiar position. The boy said she had been stretched out with toes pointed and a hand across her stomach. Before the coroner arrived, “Edward” had carried the body upstairs, put a new dress on her, and placed a veil over her face. Because “Edward” had been so grief-stricken, the coroner only did a brief exam and ruled the…

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