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.
  • “The Greenbrier Ghost.” West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History. West Virginia Archives and History.”
  • American Psychological Association. “Black Boys Viewed as Older, Less Innocent Than Whites, Research Finds.” March 6, 2014.
  • “Mother-in-law’s Visions as Evidence.” Baltimore American. July 5, 1897.,3035905&dq=shue&hl=en

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