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Moundsville State Penitentiary

Featured on MTV's "Fear"

Do the ghosts of dead prisoners still haunt the prison?

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The Moundsville State Penitentiary, built in 1867 (during the Cival War Era) has been called both one of the Most Haunted Places in America.. and one of the top 500 places to visit while traveling. Although our official report has not been completed, we can assure you that if you visit the prison after dark.. you will experience some sort of Phonomenon. Moundsville is located in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia near Wheeling. The prison itself is built next to an old Indian Burial Mound, from which the city takes it's name. Could this be the reason for so many sightings?
Seasonal Tours are available at the prison and you can link to the official site at the bottom of the page.

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Moundsville is located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, near the town of Wheeling. It is a very small town named after the Indian Burial Mound that was discovered in the town. The mound is just across the street from the prison. You can contact the prison for touring information at 304)845-6200, or click on the link below:

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WV Penitentiary Online

MTV Online/Fear

See what happened when MTV took the show, "Fear," to the Moundsville State Penitentiary!

The prison is home to what we believe to be numerous Residual Hauntings. Residual Hauntings are best explained as a replay of a particular tragedy. Whenever a tragedy occurs, energy is released. At times this energy is triggered, and the result is a replay of the event itself.
There have also been reports of Poltergeist Activity within the walls of Moundsville. One report in particular, claims that an entrance gate turns itself periodically.. as if new prisoners were still arriving at the prison. (which closed in 1995!)
The prison has been a home to thousands of the country's most notorious criminals. Charles Manson, himself, spent some time there.. and requested on numerous occassions to be sent back to Moundsville to serve his time. It has also been a place where horrible crimes have been committed. Murder, torture, suicide, rape, and well over 90 executions have all added to the energy in the prison. Visual sightings, sounds of slamming cell doors, screams, and phantom footsteps are all seen and heard here. If you visit the prison, be sure to check out the "Sugar Shack," and the Chapel. (reportedly the 2 most haunted areas of the prison!)

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