Fall is coming, and that means hunting season is coming. But for me, it's always hunting season--hunting for stories. And in the Fall, I am usually hunting for ghost stories.
I have many tales that I tell in this genre, but I am always looking for new stories, or additional information about ones I already know. My latest research projects have been in the latter category. And along the way, I've run into new stories that lead down intriguing paths in different directions. Ah, such is the storyteller's life!
But later in the day my cell phone rang, and on the other end was the writer himself. He answered my questions completely. Why he wrote it? He'd worked in West Virginia as a radio announcer and read Jim Comstock's newspaper column regularly. Comstock did a piece on the story and it was apparently so intriguing that it inspired the song.
That information prompted more questions, of course. Now I'm wondering where the guilty man was buried, and where his victims were buried. And the exact site of the murders. And, and, and. Always, there is more to learn about each story, no matter how much I research and how long I've known the tale.
From the Hur Herald website, this is a photo of the home of one of Collins Betts' sons, which was built around 1888.
Of course, should you happen to know anything about the Betts ghost, I would love to hear about it. Or any other ghostly tale you might know.