The crazy fad of being buried alive in WV


Along with  all the craziness of the 1960s,  burying people alive was a fad for a few years, especially here in WV.   This little remembered activity was usually attached  to some sort of fraud, according to most of the participants.  The first well documented local burial occurred in 1963 in Ripley WV for West Virginia's centennial celebration.  The bar was set and others tried to beat the time underground.  In 1967-68, other burials took place here in the Kanawha Valley,  some at the same time.  I wish I had photos of this activity, but as of right now,  I dont know of any.  If you have some, let me know.  Here then is the basic time line of the burials...

 

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Patricia A. Haverland
1930 - 2016
Patricia Ann Haverland, 86, of Natrona Heights, formerly of Charleston, W. Va., passed away Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, from a head injury. She was born Jan. 12, 1930, in Symmes Corner, Ohio, to the late Edward and Rose Loos Haverland. Patricia was a people person who loved life. She had a great desire to help those in need. She had a strong faith in the Lord and scriptures. Patricia loved Daytona Beach, New York City and West Virginia University football and basketball. Most of all she loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and Buddy the cat. Patricia is survived by her children, Cheryl Graham, of Natrona Heights, and Greg Brockhoff, of Sarasota, Fla.; grandchildren, Melodi (Dennis) Cochran, of Natrona Heights, Cari Trippett (Mike Prior), of Natrona Heights, and Chad Brockhoff, of Sarasota, Fla. Special in her heart are her great-grandchildren, Gage Clark, Taylor, Emily and Luke Cochran and Cadence Prior, all of Natrona Heights; sister-in-law, Nellie Haverland, of Hurricane, W.Va.; and by many nieces and nephews








Even Spryo's Stanley became involved...

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Meanwhile, back to the very first article in 1963:  It appears that there was more to the story which came out years later...

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Yes, the 60s was a very crazy time.  I dont know how we survived it....


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