The Greenbrier Ghost Story

The Greenbrier Ghost Story

In this article we will be taking a look at the Greenbrier ghost story from 1897, and the dreams that surfaced after Elva Zona Shue was found dead in her West Virginia home…

The Dreams

Mary Jane Heaster began having heartbreaking dreams a month after she buried her daughter, Elva Zona Shue, in 1897. In these dreams, Zona called out to her mother and told her that her death was not from natural causes – she had been murdered.

She pinned the blame on her husband – Erasmus (Edward) Stribbling Trout Shue. She claimed that the fickle man had lost his temper and ended her life because she had not managed to provide him any meat with his dinner.

He then apparently broke his wife’s neck.

The ghost of Zona demonstrated the injury in the dream – by turning her head around 180 degrees (Exorcist style!).

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The heartbroken, and angry Mary Jane, went to the local prosecutor at once…but understandably, he did not really believe her ghostly dream story.

She was persistent though, and managed to get him to agree to exhume her daughter’s body and perform a thorough autopsy…

She was right – Zona was found to have a broken neck…she had been murdered.

The Marriage

Elva ‘Zona’ Heaster was born in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, in 1873. She had led a simple life right up to the point where she managed to get pregnant, out of wedlock, in 1895.

In those days this kind of thing was BAD news – nobody wanted to marry a ‘loose woman’ with poor morals, and a kid in tow.

However, she got lucky when a guy named Edward Stribbling Trout Shue moved into the area – he was looking for a new start in life, and didn’t really care that Zona had a child.

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On October the 20th, 1896, the lovestruck pair were married…but Zona’s mother, Mary Jane, never really approved of Shue as a husband.

The couple seemed extremely happy in their new life – for three short months…

On January the 23rd, 1897, the body of Zona Heaster Shue was discovered at her home by a young boy running errands. She was found in a heap at the bottom of the stairs, as if she had tripped and fallen.

By the time the local doctor arrived at the house, Shue had moved his wife’s body upstairs to their bed, and had dressed her in a high-neck frock. When the doctor tried to examine the body he was continually interrupted by the sobbing Shue.

Whenever the doctor attempted to examine the head area of Zona’s body, Shue would suddenly cradle the head, and tell the doctor to leave them alone.

The doctor eventually listed her death as an ‘everlasting faint’ that was linked to childbirth…although he had no idea if the girl was indeed pregnant or not!

Edward Shue

When Mary Heaster was finally able to convince the county prosecutor to reopen the case – she was already sure in her own mind that Edward Shue had killed her daughter.

The prosecutor did a thorough job of visiting all of Zona’s neighbors and friends in the area, and they all agreed with Mary Heaster’s claims of murder.

When the exhumation was set to take place, Edward was told he would have to be present…he then knew that the game was up, and he informed the prosecutor that he was about to be arrested.

Zona was found with a broken windpipe, and deep finger marks on her neck. Her vertebrae was dislocated and the ligaments torn.

Edward Stribbling Trout Shue collapsed in a heap – he knew the game was up, and he was arrested on the spot.

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The House Where The Shue Family Lived

The later investigation found out that the mysterious Edward Stribbling Trout Shue had been married twice before he arrived in Greenbrier. His first wife had left him, due to the constant beatings he gave her…and his second wife died under mysterious circumstances.

Edward Shue was found guilty of murder on July the 11th, 1897, and sentenced to life imprisonment (he somehow managed to escape the death penalty). He was imprisoned at West Virginia State Prison where he died three years later.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Greenbrier ghost story, please leave them in the comment section below.

Tips To Remember Your Dreams

Tips To Remember Your Dreams

In this article we will be covering a few effective tips to remember your dreams, and improve lucid dreaming levels…


To begin your journey into lucid dreaming, you must first teach yourself to recall your dreams. The ability to recognize a dream while it is happening is a process that will come more naturally once you can remember and decipher details from your dreams.

Before attempting to lucid dream, you should try to remember at least one per night.

The first step in dream recall is to allow yourself plenty of time for sleep. Being well rested will help you recall your dreams and be prepared to write them down if you wake at night.

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Another benefit of getting adequate sleep is periods of dreaming get longer and denser as the night progresses.

The first dream period is very short, lasting for about 10 minutes. Towards the end of an 8 hour sleep, dreaming cycles lengthen to 45-60 minutes.

Everyone Dreams…

Everyone dreams, even if they do not recall their dreams. Typically we have about one dream every 90 minutes. It is possible to have more than one dream during deep sleep.

These dreams may be separated by short moments of wakefulness that we most likely forget by morning. Most dream researchers accept that dreams may not be recalled unless the sleeper wakes directly after a dream.

For this reason, the second tip in recalling your dreams is to keep a dream journal next to your bed. Any time you awaken during or after dreaming, immediately write down what you remember in your dream journal.

Everyone Dreams...

Record any details you remember, even if they are fragmented, incoherent, or incomplete. Write down any detail you can remember.

By morning the details of your dream may be gone, so it is important to write them down as soon as possible. We are built to erase our dreams, and recalling our sleep experiences is often more difficult than our daytime experiences as time goes on.

If you don’t wish to record the entire dream in detail during the night, write down at least an outline of the dream and its major plot points. Don’t forget to include any dialogue spoken in the dream.


Another tip for recalling dreams is to set your intention before going to sleep in the same way you would if there is a certain time you have to wake.

Tell yourself that your intention is to awaken after each dream and that you want total recall of all your dreams. Interfering thoughts when you wake will release your dream memory.

Ask yourself, “What was I dreaming?” as soon as you wake.

Go over the details of the dream story in your mind to solidify them before writing them down. It is very important to stay in the same position and keep your focus on your dream.

tip for recalling dreams

Do not allow thoughts of the upcoming day to intrude. Expand on any clues you can remember of your dream: thoughts, mood, feelings, colors, sounds – weave them into a dream story.

If you can only recall one scene, try recalling the scene before and then before that, moving backward through the dream.

If all you remember are certain feelings or moods present during the dream, describe these in your journal.

If you recall nothing, note your present mood and thoughts and ask yourself, “Was I dreaming about that?”

As your day progresses, you may remember more. Be prepared to jot these down in your journal as they occur.

Setting Alarms

If you are a deep sleeper and are having difficulty awakening at night to recall dreams, try setting an alarm to wake you during the time you are most likely to dream.

Since REM cycles occur about every 90 minutes, calculate the time to wake in multiples of 90.

For instance 360 minutes from the time you go to bed.

Try waking during the end of the night when dreams occur more frequently at 4.5, 6, or 7.5 hours from the time you go to bed.

The Final Step

Finally, while setting your intention at bedtime, spend some time reading your dream journal. This will help prepare you for dream recovery and solidify your intentions.

Recalling dreams may prove difficult at first, but as you continue, you will remember more of your dreams and in more vivid detail.

You may get to the point of remembering many of your dreams each night At this stage, you will probably not want to record them all.

Instead, use your dream journal to record only the most compelling and significant dreams.

As you become more familiar with your own unique style of dreaming, it will become easy to realize when you are dreaming as your are dreaming.

Then you can explore your world of dreams while you are still in the scene.

If you have any thoughts or questions about these tips to remember your dreams, please leave them in the comment section below.