Welcome to the second installment of The Coal Mining Murders!! This chapter continues the story.
(AEE) The Investigation to find William and Josie Collins
Later that evening in Wolf’s Hollow, West Virginia on Friday, October 2nd, 1984, detective Joseph Wright leads local law enforcement in Tylertown to investigate the missing person’s case of couple William and Josie Collins who, unknown to detective Wright, were already dead. Wright had just gotten off the phone with William’s mother, Maggie Collins, earlier that morning. She was the one who had reported her son and daughter in law missing after them having not returned home the night prior. The weird and perhaps bizarre occurrence, which had yet to reveal its ugly head, was that Sheriff Davis Cummings, the county sheriff, was MIA and not a single deputy knew of his whereabouts. This fact led to the detective Wright taking over the case.
Wolf’s Hollow is a scary and strange place even during the day.
Wright instructs the teams of officers to split up and search for any clues that might help locate the Mullins couple. Also, the detective ordered all officers involved to be armed and ready in case of any danger that may be lurking in the heavily wooded mountain area. Wright thought to himself that this was a creepy place, and his uneasy feeling only increased as he and the rest of the local police began their search. One of the officers, Deputy Lee Murphy, found a feather with what appeared to be blood on it about a mile into the woods. He told Wright and the other deputies about the news of his finding as a possible clue.
Wright says, “bag that feather up for evidence.”
”That feather reminded me of a local American Indian tribe that was local to the area.” said Officer Murphy. He would go on and explain how years ago the Shawnee Indians used to own land in the town. Murphy even relayed that some Shawnee worked in the mines with his grandfather in decades long past.
Detective Wright turned to Murphy and asked, “How do we know that some animal did not just kill a bird? I would think there is a lot of wildlife up in these elevated mountain areas. Mountain lions, coyotes, and bears. Anything could explain the feather with blood, but too, that the Shawnee theory makes for an interesting tale, but I doubt any still live here. Could we talk to any known descendants that might be possible eyewitnesses for us? Keep searching the area and let me know what you find.”
The Detective calls it a night.
After spending long hours in the woods of Wolf’s Hollow, West Virginia, Wright and the police call it at night after no more clues turn up. Wright orders the investigation to resume sometime tomorrow and tells Murphy to have that feather taken to a lab for further analysis for any traces of DNA.
“You never know, that might be the blood of William and Josie Collins.” Detective Wright said. Unknown to the detective and his officers, the stranger in the woods who appeared from the shadows had also been killed, and that they were in fact searching for three bodies, and not just two. Another possibility is that the DNA from the blood could belong to this stranger as well. Believe this or not, but when the moon and stars showed their faint light in the sky, nothing happened and no new evidence was found. Wright and the local police returned to Tylertown.
Meet the Williams Family.
Back in Tylertown, Ron and Mary Williams, a local elderly couple, are at home watching television. When they begin to hear their dogs barking and acting funny.
“What’s wrong with them dogs?” Mary asked Ron.
“Leave’em be,” he answered, “they must see or smell something out there. I’m sure it’s nothing.” he continued, reassuring his wife. He added, “they are just being protective, nothing to worry about.” And they both continued watching game-shows until the clock struck 10:00 pm that same Friday night October 2nd. Being that the fall season was in full effect, it already was dark outside. The wind was blowing heavy causing the house to make an ominous sound, what Ron and Mary Williams did not realize was that someone or something was watching them from a short distance away looking at their house. The presence grew closer, the dogs still acting strange, could sense this mysterious being.
Mary asked Ron again, ”Can you please go out there and check on the dogs.”
”Yeah it’s getting late. I’ll let them out and put the dogs up for the night.” Ron agreed. So he made his way out there to make sure everything was alright. While Ron was walking around outside to check on his two Labs and two Bloodhounds, he decided he was going to be armed and took a hunting rifle and a flashlight just to take some precaution. Ron was a retired coal-miner that lived in Tylertown all his life and served in the army, and he was no stranger to a rifle. Mary got up to have a look around and thought that she heard something upstairs. Mary checked the bedroom and the bathroom on the second level of their house and saw nothing. But then, she kept hearing strange noises coming from downstairs where she had just been. This time, Mary did not recognize the noise and it left her worried and scared.
The Killer Strikes.
Ron Williams found his dogs alive and well. They had calmed down a bit and even the wind quit blowing. Inside the house, Mary went downstairs to investigate the strange noises. As she came back down the noises ceased and the television was turned off. The peculiar thing was, neither her or Ron touched the television.
Suddenly, she hears a door open and Mary asks, “Ron is that you.”
To which a manly and unfamiliar voice replied, “No, I’m your worst nightmare, lady.” This mysterious figure appeared and to Mary’s horror, she saw a menacing, big, mean, evil-looking man with a smile on his face. He says, “I’ll give you a head-start to run and getaway. Because I chose to murder you tonight.” Mary screams and runs up the stairs, the man says, “I’m coming to get you.” Mary runs into the bedroom and locks the door, not thinking Ron is outside with the dogs. She sees Ron outside from the window, she hears a pounding noise on her door. She hollers for Ron to come back in the house, but he does not hear her. Mary is in danger, and the door to the bedroom gets busted down. The evil man chases and tackles Mary on the bed and stabs her with a knife, killing her.
The dogs go crazy barking and growling and the wind picks back up again. Ron senses something is wrong, he has his rifle locked, loaded, and ready to fire. Suddenly, he sees the man leave their house running and Ron runs toward him and fires a shot. He does his best to run back into the house. He hollers for his wife Mary and after not finding her downstairs, Ron checks upstairs and screams when he finds his wife has been slain. Then he notices the bedroom door has been busted down and to his shock and horror,y “No, not Mary, my love. Why?”