The Man Who Wanted Seven Wives: The Greenbrier Ghost and the Famous Murder Mystery of 1897

by Katie Letcher Lyle

Published: June 1999
Publisher: Quarrier Press
Pages: 170
Paperback
ISBN: 9781891852053

       

Overview of The Man Who Wanted Seven Wives: The Greenbrier Ghost and the Famous Murder Mystery of 1897

In January 1897, young Zonie Shue was discovered dead in her home in Greenbrier County, apparently of natural causes. Weeks after her burial, her ghost appeared at the bedside of her mother, telling her that she had in fact been murdered. The appearance of the ghost led to the case being re-opened, the body being exhumed, and new evidence gathered. Ultimately Zona's husband, Trout Shue, was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Zona, known as "the Greenbrier Ghost," is described as the "only ghost to testify in a murder trial from beyond the grave". In this new edition of a much sought after classic, author Katie Lyle's exhaustive research and creative storytelling have resulted in a compelling look at the story of Zona Shue. The Man Who Wanted Seven Wives contains the fascinating details behind the ghost story, and includes interviews with residents and family members who shed light on the tale which has become a West Virginia classic. New edition contains historical photographs never before published, as well as new research.

Synopsis of The Man Who Wanted Seven Wives: The Greenbrier Ghost and the Famous Murder Mystery of 1897

In January 1897, young Zonie Shue was discovered dead in her home in Greenbrier County, apparently of natural causes. Weeks after her burial, her ghost appeared at the bedside of her mother, telling her that she had in fact been murdered. The appearance of the ghost led to the case being re-opened, the body being exhumed, and new evidence gathered. Ultimately Zona's husband, Trout Shue, was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Zona, known as "the Greenbrier Ghost," is described as the "only ghost to testify in a murder trial from beyond the grave". In this new edition of a much sought after classic, author Katie Lyle's exhaustive research and creative storytelling have resulted in a compelling look at the story of Zona Shue. The Man Who Wanted Seven Wives contains the fascinating details behind the ghost story, and includes interviews with residents and family members who shed light on the tale which has become a West Virginia classic. New edition contains historical photographs never before published, as well as new research.

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