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The Tale of Lavinia Fisher | Charleston SC

Charleston SC is home to countless spirits. The Old City Jail happens to be the home of one of the most famous ghosts to refuse to leave this historic city – that of America’s first female serial killer, Lavinia Fisher. She was a wicked woman while she was alive, and that wickedness followed her into the afterlife.

Come with Bulldog Tours’ tour guide, Randy Johnson, and us as we tell you her tale!

Timelapse Video Inside the
Death Row Chamber

Have You Been Marked By
Lavinia Fisher?

Fun Facts About Lavinia Fisher

  • 1 Lavinia Fisher preceded infamous serial killers Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes.
  • 2 Lavinia Fisher haunts the Old City Jail and its grounds in her wedding dress, the same dress in which she was hung in 1820!
  • 3 Lavinia is known to be an aggressive spirit. One of her favorite things to do is to taunt young men who visit the jail by raking three fingers down their back.
  • 4 Jail break! Her husband, John, successfully escaped the City Jail. The sheets he used to climb from the Death Row Chamber snapped before Lavinia could descend. The jump was too high for her to make safely, so she couldn’t join him in the escape. John loved her so much that he was willing to risk recapture rather than leave without her, but she encouraged him to go. Before he could make plans to break her out, he was recaptured.
  • 5 John was executed first, leaving Lavinia a widow. At that time, it was unlawful in South Carolina to hang a married woman, so Lavinia went to the gallows in her wedding dress, with the hope that a gentleman from the crowd would take pity on her and marry her on the spot. No one proposed!

While in the Area

We asked locals to help us choose a great place for lunch while we were in Charleston SC. Their recommendation did not disappoint! After a short drive to Johns Island SC, we filled up on mouthwatering Southern cuisine at Stono Market & Tomato Shed Café! From the country-fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, and macaroni and cheese to the stewed okra and tomatoes, our taste buds were pleased. Our must-try recommendation is their tomato pie! The service was fabulous, too! Our server, Jackie, was the epitome of Southern hospitality! Like them on Facebook and tell them Stories, Secrets & Sagas sent you!

Special Thanks

Special thanks go out to The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson in Augusta GA for allowing us to film the reenactment scenes for this episode. This is the Civil War home where Wilson lived the longest throughout his lifetime. There are fourteen rooms furnished to the 1860s Victorian period and contains the original service building with kitchen. They are open for tours. Find out information about the home and the tours on their website

Visit Lavinia Fisher | Charleston SC Haunted City Jail

21 Magazine Street Charleston SC 29401
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