Who Forted? Magazine

The Devil’s Baby

Ravenswood WV

Ravenswood WV

Ravenswood, a city located in Jackson County West Virginia along the Ohio River has always been a place of historical history. The town was built on a tract of land once owned by George Washington. River boats used to travel the Ohio River and Ravenswood was a major stop along their way. During the civil war a battle was fought about a mile north at Buffington Island.

Many famous and non-famous visitors have come and went over the years at Ravenswood and naturally some ghost stayed behind to roam the area. The cemetery is filled with some very interesting people. Even a Napoleon bodyguard is buried in the cemetery.

Growing up in Ravenswood West Virginia, I had never paid much mind to any ghost stories, I guess you say I was just interested in the girls. A friend of mine told me a story that the devils baby was buried in the local cemetery. He claimed a tomb stone which bore a photo of a baby with fangs glowed in the dark. He also claimed that at midnight you hear a baby cry.

The Devils Baby

The Devils Baby

Being the unbeliever that I was, I took him up on the offer to visit this grave for myself, of course, at night. Well, there we were, walking around a grave yard at night, no flashlight, just the light of the moon when all of a sudden I saw a glow. A grave stone was glowing! When I saw it I was amazed, not scared. The photo on the grave stone did indeed glow in the dark. And the photo of the baby did look as though it had fangs. But we never heard a baby cry, must have been sleeping well.

Years went by and I told my wife about this experience the other day. You see I had forgotten about it till now. We decided to visited the cemetery, this time we were going to visit it in the day light.

I had problems trying to locate the exact location of the grave stone. I asked an employee that worked there if he know of such a story, he laughed and said, “You mean the devils baby?” He then led us right to the grave site. The photo on the stone marker did resemble a baby with evil eyes and maybe some teeth that did resemble fangs. I guess the weather had taken the toll on the photo over the years. It did, indeed, glow in the dark. Maybe the paper the photo was printed on exposed to the sunlight had something to do with that or maybe, just maybe it is the devils baby. George the devils baby.


DC (Ted Derek Cochran) was born in Parkersburg WV on November 11, 1961. Derek grew up writing music and poetry. His poetry has been published in several books. He took some time off to pursue the motorcycle business and became a motorcycle builder whose award winning motorcycle was in Easyrider Magazine. After 20 years in the motorcycle business he retired to pursue his interest in writing. He is the author of a children's Christmas book "Santa and His Reindeer Reunion" and a sci-fi adventure book "The Confessions of a Hither-man". He currently writes stories and music and has many ideals for several books. He lives with his wife Karen overlooking the Ohio river in WV.


  1. Aimee

    01/25/2014 at 10:12 AM

    You would think the devil would take better care of his babies…

  2. Whitney

    01/26/2014 at 9:33 PM

    I grew up spending summers with my father and grandparents who lived in Ravenswood. Have seen the grave many times! The whole town reminded me of ghost towns, but never heard the baby cry! Often wondered what happened or who it really was!!!

  3. Emily

    01/27/2014 at 9:47 PM

    I was born and have lived in Ravenswood, WV for 26 years. It is actually referred to as the “Devil Baby.” Supposedly, the baby was born with a bad facial deformity that caused it to have a devilish appearance. The ears were also pointed and it supposedly had fangs. I don’t know how old it was when it died, but usually babies don’t have teeth. The picture has also been defaced throughout the years and fangs were drawn on it at one point. Now, the picture is very weathered and the baby is barely visible at all. As far as it glowing in the dark, it does indeed! There has definitely always been something creepy about it and it is an old legend here in our town.

  4. DC

    01/28/2014 at 8:47 AM

    George was born on 27 April 1915 and passed away on 21 July 1917.

  5. Kimberly

    01/28/2014 at 3:24 PM

    Where is the cemetery at in Ravenswood, Wv. What was George’s last name? Really curious about the story. Would love to see the grave site.

  6. DC

    01/28/2014 at 3:40 PM

    Kimberly, The cemetery is located Route 68 north of town on right side. His last name was “Sharp”. George Elwood Sharp. Please get permission if you visit it after dark. Cheers!

  7. Misti McClure

    04/29/2014 at 5:56 PM

    Hello! I grew up in Ravenswood and spent many hours in the cemetery especially in my teens due to my proclivity for the paranormal and the unknown so I’ve seen this tombstone on several occasions. I always thought the story was quite sad considering the child was so young especially. Now my parents both have a spot in the same cemetery with their photos on their shared stone I hope that time will be better to their place of rest and not spark tales of something sinister in the future but knowing how much my parents loved inflicting a good scare perhaps they’d enjoy some macabre attention. Thanks for including my hometown in your list! There are a few places in the county made famous by WV Folklore publications over the years and word of mouth. I still live in Jackson County but now I’m closer to the scene of the John Morgan murders that prompted the last public hanging in WV. Every person,creature and piece of land has its own story so I appreciate history. Thanks Again!

    • DC

      04/30/2014 at 4:32 PM

      Thanks Misti, I grew up in Ravenswood, that’s how I knew of the story, I forgot it till the day I decided to do a story on it. I will however be doing a follow up story as well, planned soon. Yes I know the Morgan story as well, I used to live in the town of the Hanging too. Cheers!

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