The Skeleton In The Cabin

A young man was seeking solitude so, as many people have been doing the last few years, he began to search for some inexpensive real estate in Appalachia. He found his dream place, an old cabin high up in the mountains, away from the cares of the world.

He also found death staring him, quite literally, in the face.

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The Murder Of Mother Boggs

This week we have a true story about a West Virginia man tried for murdering an old woman who he claimed had “witched” him, forcing him to fly her to the moon, among other things.

It’s a fascinating look at the beliefs of the time about witches in that part or Appalachia.

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The Path Of Vengeance

A man is murdered in the mountains of western North Carolina. The only clue to the killer is a mysterious path of dead vegetation that ends where the murdered man was found.

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The Black Cat

Many years ago in the mountains of North Carolina, it’s said an old woman who lived by herself in a cabin had the power to turn herself into an evil black cat.

Today we tell that tale.

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Appalachia’s Slavemaster From Hell

Over 160 years ago the historic Rotherwood Mansion in Kingsport, Tennessee, was sold to Joshua Phipps. Phipps property used slave labor, which he cruelly abused. In the end, though, it’s said he was paid back for all eternity for the abuse he gave out during his life.

Today we tell that tale from Appalachia.

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A Bluefield Witch Story

There’s a witch story that’s been told for years by folks in the area around Bluefield, West Virginia.

Back around the turn of the 20th century, it’s said, there was a small boy who stopped eating all of a sudden. He wasn’t sick, though, he just didn’t want to eat. His parents were rightly concerned for him as he lost weight, but the boy wouldn’t eat anything at all, no matter what his mother fixed.

Every few days, though, a neighbor of the family would stop by to visit the boy and would bring him food, which he “ate like a pig.” This man was the only person the child would take any food from.

The boy’s father grew suspicious about this man so he devised a way to get to the bottom of what was going on.

He drew a picture of the man and tacked it to the wall. He then took a ten penny nail and drove it into the wall through the head drawn in that picture.

The man didn’t show up the next day. It turns out that he had been stricken quite suddenly with a splitting headache the day before. Figuring out what he was dealing with, the father then pulled that nail out of the picture’s head and miraculously the man’s headache disappeared!

Not only that, but the boy instantly regained his appetite and never again went without food.

This man, you see, wasn’t a man but a witch who had cast a spell on the boy, just for fun. The driving of the nail through his likeness let the witch know that the boy’s father knew who and what he was. It also made the witch aware that the boy’s father could cause him harm if he didn’t leave the man’s son alone.