WEST VIRGINIA (WVDN) – In the dead of night, the wind howls. A deer stepping on a twig sounds like a gunshot. The full moon glows behind a bank of clouds, creating eerie shadows. A chill is in the air, sending a shiver up an unsuspecting person’s spine. Something moves at the edge of sight, causing a rise in heart rate and beads of sweat. Is it a murderer? A ghost? Perhaps a werewolf is on the hunt?
All Hallows Eve, better known as Halloween, is here, and the spooks are ready to play. Edgar Allen Poe once wrote, “The lines between life and death are, at best, shadowy and vague. Who is to say where one ends and the other begins?” Halloween night is said to be when the veil is at its thinnest when ghostly encounters are frequent.
Ghost stories are common around the world. Some have been adapted into books and movies. Others exist in near obscurity. In West Virginia, tales include a court case, where a ghost allegedly solved a murder, a headless soldier and the infamous Mothman spirit. Here are some popular spooky tales from the Mountain State.
The Greenbrier Ghost
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