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Sheriff Lyerly, Museum ghost?
« on: January 29, 2011, 06:41:13 PM »
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Incredible but true...

SPOILER ALERT! If you have never seen the photo of Sheriff Lyerly, please skip to the reply below where you can try the photo line-up shown to Cat.

The following link will reveal his photo:

http://shadowboxent.brinkster.net/lyerly.html
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Re:Sheriff Lyerly, Museum ghost?
« Reply #1 on: February 3, 2011, 01:41:31 PM »
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See the photo line-up Cat was shown soon after her encounter with Sheriff Lyerly to see if you would have picked him out.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=49477&id=181434301869447&fbid=194899320522945
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Re:Sheriff Lyerly, Museum ghost?
« Reply #2 on: February 4, 2011, 04:50:26 AM »
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Hi Vance,

I went to the link but there was no comment box after I chose a picture nor was there a Like icon anywhere. I don't navigate Facebook with all ease, but being in a boat going from point A to point B is much simpler.

Cat's frightful encounter was not found either. I will ask my son for help getting to it today.

Joshua was George Noory's surprise guest on Coast to Coast AM  early this morning. I should have tried to call in my story that took place West of Asheville in 1989. One of these nights George or Ian will hear it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 4, 2011, 02:11:34 PM »
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I listened to the archived show, with much interest.  My mom and I also checked out the photos.  We both got it wrong. 

I had a strange hunch when I noticed that the man's head, whom we now know is Lyerly, was half in shadow.  I thought of that self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and what it must have done to his head...

I loved the history to the story - it should be told for the same reason Twain should be published unabridged.  I must come check out the museum!

Listen, I don't want to offend anyone, yet deductive reasoning demands that I bring it up as a possible explanation for the blood on the wall the morning after.  I'll leave at simply bringing it up, as it pertains to personal matters.  I just wanted to bring it into your minds - it may even ease some. 

I couldn't help but wonder if any of Cat's animals were capable of menstruating, or if it was possible that Cat herself was (I remember she got up, went to the bathroom, and came back to bed about an hour and forty-five minutes before the discovery of a spot of blood on the wall).

I can totally understand why she lost her cool, and demanded her husband destroy the evidence; especially after reading of how Lyerly clubbed people to death when shooting them wasn't working out - and then, if you had just the night before bumped into someone who was nothing...  Unbelievable that the New York Times interviewed Lyerly about that topic - shows what a nation-wide race and drug hysteria people were in.
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Re:Sheriff Lyerly, Museum ghost?
« Reply #4 on: February 4, 2011, 11:43:52 PM »
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MK,

The FB photo comment boxes will show themselves after you "like" the museum from the main "wall" or "profile" page.

Once people have had some time to give the line-up a shot, I'll follow up with some more info on the fellow most people have chosen, including Cat.

Quite synchronistically, or should I say "typically" around here, this man was a pall-bearer at Lyerly's funeral and while searching for his grave I found that his wife and son (and likely this man himself, though have not documented the grave with certainty yet) are buried near Lyerly. Also, using the great findagrave.com, I discovered that someone had added the entry for this man's namesake on 24 Jan 2011, the anniversary of Lyerly's death and days before we publicized the story.

His family is well-known in our area and I wouldn't be surprised if his descendants can offer more information on Lyerly, since the Sheriff's survivors seem to have died off.

As unwholesome as it is to discuss, the cycles of females in the household would seem to warrant consideration. I am reminded of the Lizzie Borden trial and explanation of tell-tale signs of blood being explained as "fleas," which was an old-fashioned way of saying it was that time of the month.

MK also brought up the fact that, on his gravestone, Lyerly's death date is given as 26 Jan. This is an error, as news reports and his death certificate demonstrate. His elderly mother was the informant on his death certificate and it is likely that the order to have the stone engraved was done some time later and the grieving family was simply mistaken about the exact date, not uncommon on old gravestones.

Also of potential interest knowing the connection of Thomas Wolfe's family to the Lyerlys, Tom's father operated a monument shop just up the street from the museum in those days. I don't know if the Wolfe monument shop records exist, but it is entirely possible that the stone was provided by his business. Another tiny detail worth looking at.
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Re:Sheriff Lyerly, Museum ghost?
« Reply #5 on: February 5, 2011, 05:16:58 AM »
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OK Vance now it will work. My training at Facebook is self enhanced!

Very interesting lines up there you two! I will go to FB now. The museum's tours should have the visitors waiting in line because of Cat's encounter!
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« Reply #6 on: February 5, 2011, 11:49:06 PM »
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MK (and newcomers to this thread),

The link in the original post is now set to stream hour 2 of last week's Speaking of Strange, including Cat's testimony of her ghostly/ghastly encounter.

It also includes Joshua's synopsis.

http://shadowboxent.brinkster.net/lyerly.html

The telling was well-done, even if for my part I must have said "uh" a thousand times. This is not proper broadcast etiquette, but at least you can tell by this that it wasn't scripted.

I encourage you to download that hour from the Speaking of Strange podcast archive here:

http://www.wwnc.com/cc-common/podcast/single_podcast.html?podcast=SpeakingOfStrange.xml

Look for the description:

SOS 1/29/11 Hr 2
Sat, 29 Jan 2011 20:41:56 -0500
An encounter with Sheriff Lyerly, exactly 87 years after his suicide. How it all happened, described by Josh, Cat Wilson and Vance Pollock.

I dare say we should do a transcription of this hour. Any good stenographers out there?
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« Reply #7 on: February 7, 2011, 02:58:46 PM »
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There should be a TV program on The History Channel on this ghostly experience! Which should knock the socks off all the other reality/ ghost related shows on TV.

It is interesting how the sheriff's ghost picked a quiet time to appear to Cat. It seems planned don't you think?

Not for me, these bumps in the night, and I have been there, done that, well West of Asheville. As plenty of wanna be ghost's come in the form of crazy drivers around my tractor trailer.

Those bumper songs were wild! How did you guys find them in the realm of spooky music?

Give the links a listen everyone! Great radio's high strangeness comes crashing through once more!

Thanks Vance and you all were perfect explaining the "haint's" visit. We can now hear Joshua tell this story with the amazing personal accounting of Cat's closing the museum with a "bump" back to the past. And hear about your finding the exact date of death synchronicity that very day!

Now closing up the museum should be a team effort!



More members will jump in for a listen PDQ!

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« Reply #8 on: March 1, 2011, 05:53:51 PM »
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I'm behind on listening the show, catching up with podcasts.  Therefore all of you may have already considered this - you are assuming the ghost Cat saw was Lyerly.  But she picked another guy's photo.  Could the ghost be the other man?  Do you know his history?
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