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134 – The Greenbrier Ghost

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This week we’re telling a story that is very much not our normal fare here at the bazaar: a ghost story, a true-crime murder case, and a courtroom drama. But it also happens to be exactly what we’re about. The story of the Greenbrier ghost is often told in the context of “that time an encounter with a spirit was used as evidence in a trial.” But that doesn’t really do the story justice. After 22-year-old Zona Heaster was found dead under mysterious circumstances, her mother Mary Jane Heaster claimed to have an encounter with Zona’s ghost who told her exactly what happened. This story directly led to the arrest, conviction, and death of Zona’s husband: Erasmus Stribbling Trout Shue, whose character was indeed commensurate with his name. 

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