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Moundsville Penitentiary Ghost Hunt reports 2005 - 2006

We attended a ghost hunt at Moundsville Penitentiary. They offer night tours as well as overnight ghost hunts. It is said that ghosts of many former prisoners haunt the prison.

West Virginia Penitentiary, aka Moundsville Penitentiary closed it's doors 1995. It's 5 x 7 cells at times held up to three prisoners. It is no wonder that ghosts haunt the prison. Ninety-four inmates were executed there. Eighty-five died by hanging. Nine died by electrocution. Many were killed by other inmates.

Could these victims be the ghosts that are said to haunt Moundsville Penitentiary today?

At one point during the guided tour part of our ghost hunt Brian saw a shadow while looking up at the prison cells. The hunt had not started so no one was supposed to be up there. This was reported to our guide. As far as we know nothing was found when the area was searched after the tour.


Moundsville Penitentiary
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Ghost Hunt photo
The building is so large only part of it could be photographed from where we were standing.

Tools used by imates
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at VW Pentitentiary

Crude tools made by imates include shanks of various sizes and tattoo guns.

West Virginia
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Penitentiary sign
Sign out front lets you know that criminals were hanged and electrocuted.

More tools
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Rope and other home made tools on display.

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Display stating deaths that occured at the Moundsville Penitentiary.

Even though our ghost hunt didn't turn up much evidence the night we were there we still had a great time. We plan to return in the near future.
Ghost Hunt at Moundsville May 19,2006
We scheduled a private ghost investigation at the Penitentiary. Eight team members and three guests attended. It was exciting having the whole prison to ourselves.
Not long after arriving we were in what used to be used as the cafeteria when Steve and I heard what sounded like something heavy being dragged. Listen at the start of this clip, right after you hear a click.

Dragging sound

Most of the night after that was pretty uneventful until about 4;30. Three of us, Mark, Brady and myself went to the basement to do some evp work. No evps were recorded but Mark got two photos that turned out grainy and seemed to have some sort of mist in them. None of the other photos taken that night had this grainy appearance.

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Mist forming in center

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