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Type: Video

Series Title West Virginia: A Film History

Filmmaker Mark Samels

Company West Virginia Humanities Council

Format DVD


At the age of seventy-three Devil Anse experienced a religious conversion and was baptized by a Baptist preacher. Ten years later he died at his home. Hatfield’s obituary was printed in the New York Times. Five hundred people attended his funeral. Over his grave, Hatfield’s family erected a life-size marble statue carved in Italy.

Altina Waller: What the public grasped upon was the family aspect of this which was really a small part of the view. A family that was so loyal to each other and so dedicated to each other they would go to these what seems shocking and radical extremes to defend it. They both hated Devil Anse and were repelled by him for his violence, but they were admiring and saying that they were too passionate about their family affairs for modern civilization.

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