History and mystery are combined during a ‘Shocktober’ event in Ripley.
Professional storyteller Susanna “Granny Sue” Holstein again leads the sixth annual Historic Tragedies walk at 8 p.m. from the Courthouse steps on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. Admission is $10.
The one-mile stroll through the downtown area features true stories such as the 1897 triple murder by John F. Morgan. His trial resulted in West Virginia’s final public execution.
Another tale involves the untimely death of a young lady’s man, Otmer Riley. Once an up-and-coming banker, he would take his own life by leaping from a moving train on the Ripley and Mill Creek Valley Railroad.
New stories are added annually. This year, for instance, hear about the death of an Austrian immigrant a century ago. The father of two suffered a fatal accident while working on completion of the Jackson County Courthouse.
Actors from the Jackson County Players theatrical troupe make cameo appearances along the walk. This year’s cast features Suzette Lowe, Suzy McGinley, Aaron Haynes, Eric Voiers, and Larry Holstein.
In addition to the stroll, special preliminary events are offered in the nearby historic Alpine Theatre.
On Friday at 6:30 p.m., see the 1931 horror film “Dracula.” Legendary actor Bela Lugosi stars as Transylvania’s most infamous resident, Count Dracula. Admission to the 90-minute film is free.
On Saturday at 7 p.m., listen to the MacAbre Brothers in the theater. Pete Kosky and David O’Dell share traditional Appalachian songs about life-ending tragedies.
Earlier on Oct. 12, Kosky is hosting a booking signing and reading from 1-3 p.m. in the Jackson County Public Library. He is the author of two books of “Mountain Tales.”
For details, call the Ripley CVB at 304-514-2609.