4. Screaming Jenny
A dark tale of West Virginia is that of Jenny, a poor woman reduced to living in a shack near some train tracks. One night, Jenny was huddled near the fire, trying to keep warm while she ravenously gobbled up the meagre food she’d acquired. This is when her skirt caught fire. She couldn’t put herself out, and so ran down the tracks toward the station, screaming for help. But in her panic, she didn’t see the train coming. She was buried in a pauper’s grave, and might have been forgotten were it not for her return on the anniversary of her death. She’s said to appear in a ball of flame, tearing down the train tracks, screaming.