I grew up not far from where this happened.
This area is or at least was coal mining country. Hard scrabble very little money tough but proud life.
When Josephine was about 20, she and a boyfriend trashed her parents’ home and stole items including a pistol, then fled to Pittsburgh, Cruse said. After that, she said, “more or less, they disowned her.”
The coal is mostly gone now from this area and the younger people can not leave it fast enough.