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Painter, Burdette and Old Sparky

April 29, 2020 On March 26, 1951, Fred Painter and Harry Burdette, both convicted of murdering Edward C. O’Brien, were the first inmates to be put to death by electrocution at the West Virginia Penitentiary. more »»

Screaming like a banshee: Some Irish folklore

February 26, 2020 I first heard the term “screaming like a banshee,” when I was a young girl. I remember thinking that this must be a sound that no one wants to hear and, oh, how right I was. more »»

The cemeteries of Athens’ Lunatic Asylum

January 30, 2020 It was a beautiful sunny day in December as we started out on our journey for dark history, and we found it, boy….did we find it. more »»

Spirits linger in stately hotel

January 29, 2020 In the late 1800s, money from the natural gas and oil industries flooded into Parkersburg and the town quickly became a spirited and growing city. more »»

Nicholas County Death Bell

November 27, 2019 With midnight always in one’s heart, And twilight in one’s cell, We turn the crank, or tear the rope, Each in his separate Hell, And the silence is more awful far Than the sound of a brazen bell. more »»

Lewisburg’s Angel of Death

September 25, 2019 Appalachia has a long and rich folklore tradition and as anyone who has ever sat around a campfire at night or held a flashlight under their chin knows, ghost stories are one of the most thrilling... more »»

Flinderation Tunnel, Urban Legend or Truly Haunted?

August 28, 2019 As haunted places go, Flinderation Tunnel seems to have it all. You have a creepy atmosphere, close proximity to an old graveyard, and the gory story of a deadly train wreck. more »»

The Wild Man of Clay County

July 31, 2019 Some stories do not need embellishment, as the facts can be intriguing enough all by themselves. Such is the tale of the Wild Man of Clay County. more »»

Wheeling’s theater became a Civil War prison

June 26, 2019 I had finally found the location where my fourth great-grandfather had been held prisoner as a ‘Dangerous Spy’ during the Civil War. more »»

Whipple Store Black Mist

April 24, 2019 One of my favorite locations to investigate since discovering it in 2009 is the old coal company store in Fayette County. more »»

Haunted Appalachia: Settin’ up with the dead

March 27, 2019 My mother was born in a small coal mining community in Webster County, West Virginia. more »»

The White Wolf of French Creek

February 27, 2019 Dating back to pioneer days, western Virginia has had more than its share of weird and unusual creatures seen in hollers, up in the mountains, and deep in the green expanse of forests. more »»

Very superstitious: Warding off spirits

November 28, 2018 My parents grew up in the mountains of Webster County, West Virginia in an area remote enough that many families claim the same settlers as kinfolk. more »»

The Little Girl in the Asylum

October 31, 2018 Lilly was her name. The name Lilly means flower of innocence. Her home? The massive stone cut building now known as the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. more »»



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