In early October 1896, 23 year old Zona Heaster met Trout Shue and instantly fell in love with the powerful 35 year old blacksmith. Though her mother vehemently objected, the two were married on October 20, 1896. Three months later Zona was dead. Her death was ruled to have been by natural causes but rumors of murder persisted. As far as her mother, Mary Jane Heaster, was concerned the rumors were verified when Zona’s ghost appeared to her 4 nights in a row and told her of Trout’s cruelty. Mary Jane’s persistent telling of this story prompted authorities to exhume Zona’s body, finding that her neck had been broken. Trout Shue had been accused by the Greenbrier Ghost.
Victim: Zona Heaster Shue
Cause of Death: Strangulation
Accused: Erasmus Stribbling Trout Shue