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Elva Zona Heaster Discovered Dead (1897)

Shortly after marrying drifter Erasmus Shue, Heaster was found dead and was soon buried. Her mother, who suspected foul play, claimed to have had a vision in which her daughter's ghost stated that Shue had broken her neck, killing her. When the body was exhumed, an autopsy confirmed that Heaster's neck had been broken, and Shue was tried for murder. What role did the ghost—since known as the Greenbrier Ghost for Heaster's hometown of Greenbrier County, West Virginia—play in the trial? More...
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Elva Zona Heaster Discovered Dead (1897)
Shortly after marrying drifter Erasmus Shue, Heaster was found dead and was soon buried. Her mother, who suspected foul play, claimed to have had a vision in which her daughter's ghost stated that Shue had broken her neck, killing her. When the body was exhumed, an autopsy confirmed that Heaster's neck had been broken, and Shue was tried for murder.
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I like the excerpt in this article where it is stated that it was difficult to instruct the jury to disregard the ghost.
In certain peculiar way with today's story my be deemed as fitting the following one.

In the period of turbulent time marred by the Salem witchcraft trials, Cotton Mather consulted leading treatises on the scientific proof of witchcraft. This was the way as science was understood in the XVII century. He was most impressed with a scientific causation argument, namely: If, after a suspected witch curses, there follows death, illness or affliction, there is a presumption of witchcraft.
In the Bridget Bishop trial, evidence was introduced that after Bishop had quarreled with a particular family, the family's pig was taken with strange fits and began foaming at the mouth; these events were believed to be sure evidence that Bishop had bewitched the pig. The supposed relationship aptly termed by prof. Jane Campbell Moriarty as 'Bewitched Pig Syndrome', was considered solid, scientific evidence of witchcraft for a long time after.
The fallacy which was coined, I think so, by Professor of Law, Jane Campbell Moriarty: After which, because of which.

For those interested there is a reading entitled "Discourse on the Damned Art of Witchcraft" by William Perkins (1558-1602)
http://www.puritanpublications.com/store/products/a-discourse-on-the-damned-art-of-witchcraft-by-william-perkins-1558-1602/

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Shortly after marrying drifter Erasmus Shue, Heaster was found dead and was soon buried. Her mother, who suspected foul play, claimed to have had a vision in which her daughter's ghost stated that Shue had broken her neck, killing her. When the body was exhumed, an autopsy confirmed that Heaster's neck had been broken, and Shue was tried for murder.
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