Miami Ghost Chronicles
On December 10th, 1909 Eliza Gribble and her daughter Carrie Ohlander were discovered beaten to death inside their home located at 401 West Perry Street, in Savannah, Georgia. Not too far from them Maggie Hunter was found clinging to life, she was also beaten and her throat was slit. She died three days later at the hospital.
The neighborhood where the house was located was on the outskirts of Savannah and known as Frogtown. It was not considered a good part of the city and was close to the railroad yards. A widow who was renting out rooms in a rundown boarding house occupied by two divorcees, fit right into the dubious reputation that the Savannah townspeople had for those who lived in this part of town. The reason that this figures in the story, is the area housed many undesirables, including thieves, drug addicts and unsavory characters any of who could have committed the crime. Gribble House was situated close to the railroad tracks, and some people theorize that the real killer was a railroad worker who committed the deed and then left the area.
Since time immemorial there have been stories of the spirits of murder victims coming back to point a finger at their killer and seek justice for themselves. Such is the sad story of Zona Heaster Shue who lived in rural West Virginia at the turn of the 20th century.
ZONA AND THE STRANGER
Born Elva Zona Heaster in 1873 in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, Zona’s life is something of a mystery before she met her eventual husband Erasmus Stribbling “Trout” Shue in 1896. Shockingly only a year prior to their meeting, the records of Greenbrier County indicate that when she was twenty-two years old on November 29, 1895, she bore an illegitimate male child, who’s supposed father was an unskilled laborer named George Woldridge. According to census records the absence of any child born in or near 1895 to the Heaster family indicates that Zona’s illegitimate child was raised by someone else, or that he died in infancy, but if so, his death is not recorded. That he is called Heaster in the birth book would seem to indicate that he would be accepted and raised by the Heaster family, but apparently that was not the case.
Zona was twenty-three when Trout Shue, a good-looking drifter came to town and found employment as a blacksmith which had been his father’s profession. However in those times just moving to another county could give a person a clean slate, and unbeknownst to Zona her beau was a man with a dark past that did not come to light until after her untimely death. Zona never knew that she was his either third or fourth wife, and in her ignorance of his past life, she found herself falling in love with the new blacksmith and accepted his proposal of marriage. Her mother Mary Jane Heaster, adamantly objected to the marriage from the beginning, citing an odd feeling and instant dislike of Shue. They married in October 1896.
Claire Sloan, owner and investigator of Shadows of the Night Investigations and Paranormal Events retells the investigation of the tunnel.
The Victoria Tunnel in Newcastle upon Tyne, England is a preserved 19th Century wagonway. It extends under the city from the Town Moor to the Tyne. Its purpose was to transport coal from Spital Tongues (Leazes Main) Colliery to the river. It operated between 1842 and the 1860s. In 1939, the Tunnel was converted into an air raid shelter to protect thousands of Newcastle citizens during World War II.
Today, when the revelers of Newcastle are partying away, underneath lies a dark past. The three northeast witches were hung on the Town Moor at Newcastle, multiple deaths were reported in the area, and there were haunting stories told of what went on down there during World War II when Newcastle was being bombed by the Germans. It’s safe to say that there are a few lingering spirits in the Tunnel.
So, what paranormal investigator wouldn’t want to go into the Tunnel to investigate and gather evidence? Unless, of course, you are afraid of small, confined very dark spaces and being 85 feet underground.
Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance paranormal investigator and writer.
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