The Independence Train

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

The Norfolk and Western Railway Number 1776 on Display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.A.

There was a small camp that was hundreds of miles from the nearest town known as Camp Abuse. Here, young girls and women were brought here by their parents, their ex-husbands, ex-boyfriends, or their ex-friends to be brutally abused. Their head abuser was a muscular woman named Ella Beathem. As they arrived at the camp, Ella brutally beat them. They were stripped of their clothes and were only allowed to wear a shirt and shorts, and they were barefoot. The grounds were covered in sharp objects that dug into their soles of their feet. Even when it was brutally cold, they were never given any shoes or coat, nor were they allowed near a fire or heat source to keep them warm. Many of them froze to death, and their bodies…

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4 thoughts on “The Independence Train

  1. This is an unbelievable story. Is this story based on historical fact. Those poor women and thank goodness for the wonderful soldiers. This is a heartbreaking story, thank you so much for sharing my friend. Sending blessings and hugs

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