The legends of a murdered wife from the Jonas Ridge community may have predated the BMLs. However, ties to the BMLs appear in the writings of S.M. Dugger (1936-1938), R. Russell and J. Barnett (1988) and J. Baldwin (2002). The details of the story vary greatly, but apparently a husband, known to be mean, murdered his wife and buried her body on either Cold Mountain or Brown Mountain. She was either pregnant or had recently given birth to their baby. It was years before the bodies were found. The BMLs supposedly are the spirits of the wife and baby. The dates of the murder vary from before the Civil War to the late 1880s. Unfortunately none of the authors cite references for their information.