Sunday, April 22, 2012
Dr. Grimes' Part 3: Carla's Story?
Up until just recently, I had only really concentrated on Lavina, as she was the main suspected entity and there was so much controversy surrounding her death. However, I've recently also started exploring some other aspects of the original history we were told. One such example is the story of a baby girl drowning in the bathtub at the house. We were originally told that Dr. Grimes had spoken to a woman who lived nearby who told him the story of a mother who had left her baby in the bathtub, and returned to find the infant dead. She took the infant across the street to a doctor's office, but it was too late.
We weren't sure of an exact year, but thought it happened in the 60s. Luckily, a neighbor who witnessed the event was found, and said this event happened in 1955. Going on just that alone, I searched individual death certificates through the WV State Archives website until I found one that matched the description.
Ten month old Carla Dianna Taylor drowned at 1121 20th Street in May of 1955. A newspaper article confirmed the story, and provided additional details that matched the original story. However, the main concern was the address...1121 is next door to Dr. Grimes' office, but its too big of a coincidence not to take note!
I have transcribed the newspaper article for future researchers through GenDisasters, and will post a link to it below. Now, comes the daunting task of trying to find out if there is any substance to the alleged newspaper article about a man named John hanging himself at the location!
Article on Drowning
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