The Greenbrier Ghost


Midland Trail Greenbrier Ghost Sign Photo by A. E. Crane/Public domain

The story of Zona Heaster Shue's death and subsequent appearances to her mother as an apparition are often referred to as the only case in the U.S. when a ghost’s testimony convicted a murderer. But of course, there’s a lot more to the story.

Holly's Research:

  • Deitz, Dennis. “The Greenbrier Ghost and Other Stories.” Mountain Memories Books. 1997.
  • Lyle, Katie, Letcher. “The Greenbrier Ghost.” Wonderful West Virginia. September 1999. Pages 30-33. http://www.wvdnr.gov/wwvmagazine/Archive/Batch1999/1999%20-%2009%20September.pdf
  • “The Greenbrier Ghost.” West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History. West Virginia Archives and History.” http://www.wvculture.org/history/crime/shuearticles.html
  • American Psychological Association. “Black Boys Viewed as Older, Less Innocent Than Whites, Research Finds.” March 6, 2014. https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2014/03/black-boys-older
  • “Mother-in-law’s Visions as Evidence.” Baltimore American. July 5, 1897. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=o9tdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=t14NAAAAIBAJ&pg=1068,3035905&dq=shue&hl=en

Topics in this Podcast: ghosts, court cases, murder, West Virginia, U.S. history, Halloween episodes, 19th century