West Virginia-Based 1950s Book, Movie Adaptation Impacted by Infamous Serial Killer

CHARLESTON, WV – The Night of the Hunter, a 1955 film, was set in West Virginia and based on the novel by Davis Grubb, a Moundsville native. The chilling story is inspired by a real-life serial killer who terrorized the area. The film follows the character Harry Powell, a self-proclaimed preacher with sinister motives, portrayed by Robert Mitchum. After being caught for a crime, he ends up in the Moundsville Penitentiary, setting the stage for …

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