Watched a ghost story on DSTV travel last night.
Elva Zona Heaster, the murder victim, was born in Greenbrier County sometime around 1873
The story goes that 3 months after they got married the bride fell down the stairs and died. The husband was so overwhelmed with grief that he did not want to leave his departed wife alone for a single moment; the coroner could not even perform a proper autopsy. He even dressed her in her best outfit (unusual for that was the task of the women of the church) and put a beautiful scarf round her neck.
Not long after her death her ghost appeared to her mother showing her that she was strangled by her abusive and cruel husband and had marks around her neck to prove it. This happened three times after which mother went to the police and insisted on having her daughter’s body exhumed and a proper autopsy be performed.
So indeed she was strangled, her windpipe broken and to cut a long story short husband was found guilty and sent to prison.
Fact or Fiction? Well I do not believe in ghosts and think the mother suspected the husband of murder but had to convince the public prosecutor in some way. It still makes for a nice story though.