Mysteries: Buried Alive Pictures

Don Wildman tells the story of a young woman who met a terrifying demise, and examines artifacts from a massive bridge collapse, as well as a staged train crash.
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At the Point Pleasant River Museum in West Virginia is a piece of metal -- an “eyebar” mechanism -- from a bridge that once connected Point Pleasant, WV, to Gallipolis, OH.

Deep in the Big Sandy Heritage Center in Pikeville, KY, sits an antique doll of Octavia Hatcher – a local woman who was accidentally buried alive in 1890.

Skip Waters, a historian, examines a piece of a train engine at the Depot Museum in West, TX. The artifact was recovered from a deadly publicity stunt in 1896.

An artifact from the Point Pleasant River Museum tells the story of the Silver Bridge’s collapse.

Everett Johnson, curator of the Big Sandy Heritage Center, examines an antique doll of Octavia Hatcher. In 1890, Octavia – the actual person, not the doll -- met a terrible fate.

On display at the Depot Museum in West, TX, is a piece of a train engine from an 1896 “spectacle” that took a deadly turn.

An artifact at the Big Sandy Heritage Center in Pikeville, KY, tells the story of a deadly and terrifying mistake made by local doctors in the late 1800s.

Learn about the temporary “city” of Crush, TX, where a railroad company staged a massive train crash in 1896.

Unfortunately, when the trains collided, what was supposed to be a fun spectacle turned into a deadly explosion.