It was dark and raining.
Clarence Stevenson left his boss’s Ford running when he got out of the car. He quickly looked around to make sure he was alone. Then, he walked around the car, opened the back door and pulled Mamie Thurman’s mutilated corpse from the back seat.
Wrestling it to the side of the road, Clarence grunted as he pushed the body of woman he’d once considered a friend into a gully and watched it disappear into a bramble of blackberry thorns.
He thought she’d never be seen again.
He was wrong.
For more than eighty-five years, there have continued to be mysterious, unexplainable sightings of Mamie Thurman beside that desolate spot of mountainside highway.
Mamie Thurman’s story is one of scandal, adultery, deception, injustice and brutal murder in the small, coal-mining town of Logan, West Virginia.
Those who know her story will tell you that her murderer was never found, and she’ll continue to walk that lonely road until justice is done.
But, after more than eighty-five years, is there any hope of finding the truth about who death? Or, is the truth behind her death just one of many dark secrets buried in the West Virginian soil?
The G.C. Murphy Building. The infamous “Amour Club” met on the second floor.
- The Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie Thurman by F. Keith Davis
- Ghost of 22 Mountain: The Story of Mamie Thurman by George A. Morrison, Jr.
- Mamie’s Final Resting Place by Dwight Williamson for the Logan Banner (Archived Link)
- Mamie Thurman story an area ghost legend by Jack Latta for the Williamson Daily News (Archived Link)
- Sex-crazed West Virginia woman, brutally murdered in 1932, may still haunt Appalachia back roads by Mara Bovsun for the New York Daily News