The Heart Wound of Emma Myers

Strange Familiars

Jan 19 2023 • 1 hr 2 mins

We present a tale of murder from 1800s York County, Pennsylvania. Johnny Coyle shot and killed Emma Myers in a barn at the historic Accomac Inn. Johnny was sentenced to hang for the crime, and Emma’s aunt brought her heart to the gallows – contained in a bottle of alcohol and showing the wound which killed the young Emma. Refused burial at the local cemetery, Johnny was buried at the Accomac where his father slept on the grave to protect it from grave-robbers. The ghosts of both Johnny and Emma are said to haunt the Accomac.

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