Appalachian Ghost Story
The Appalachian region is full of rich history and that comes into play at this perfect time of year. What with cool nights, eerie full moons, discourse of spooks, and haints......Halloween is a time of year that is chock full of story telling.
This ghost story originates in Pikeville, Kentucky. It is the sad tale of Mrs. Octavia Hatcher. Just after giving birth to her first child, Octavia came down with a mysterious illness in 1891. Her baby died not too long after being born and many of the locals believed her to be suffering from depression. Soon she went into a coma like state and the doctors declared her dead within a few days.
Soon after Octavia's death several townsfolk came down with a mysterious sleep like illness. Some speculate that this illness was spread by an insect. The doctor soon realized his mistake concerning Octavia and had her body exhumed. After opening the coffin it was obvious that she had been buried alive and suffered a horrible death by asphyxiation. There were reported to be scratch marks in the casket lid where Octavia had attempted to escape.
Octavia was re-interred in the family plot.
It is said that a misty apparition appears around her grave at night and residents have reported sounds of crying near her grave.