My Mountains Mysteries – The Octavia Hatcher Story – Chapter Two; Octavia Hatcher

The Octavia Hatcher story is a local legend around Central Appalachia, but not only isolated to the communities surrounding Pike County, KY. Her story is known worldwide, having been examined by such programs as Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel Channel. She is known as the “Girl Who Turned Her Back on Pikeville” throughout many paranormal outlets, having received this title due to eyewitnesses who claim to have seen her statue atop her grave turn from facing the town, to facing the opposite direction.

In this second chapter, Monk Media and the Holler’s Christopher Epling dive deeper into the story of Octavia by visiting the Big Sandy Heritage Museum in Pikeville, KY and interviewing Everett Johnson (the curator of the museum). Everett’s knowledge of the tragedy which unfolded at the turn of the 20th century helps us to travel back in time to better understand how this could have happened and to better understand the people attached to this horrific story. 

My Mountain Mysteries seeks to examine the story of Octavia Hatcher in more depth over the series of four podcast episodes. Who was she? How did this happen? Why did it happen? What can we learn from this family’s tragedy? 

*** My Mountain Mysteries is produced by Monk Media (a media outlet from Epling Illustrations and The Holler (the 

*** All references to past living people are merely speculative and based on research into the characters portrayed. 

Copyright 2018 by Monk Media and The Holler. For usage of this media or portions of this episode please contact Christopher Epling at or 

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