This was a great visit to the Rolling Hills Asylum. This was an unofficial paranormal investigation, and we didn't come truly prepared to capture any evidence with the exception of a 35mm camera. Later Sharon and Jason from the Asylum graciously came along with 4 of the participants of that night's walk through with some equipment and pointed out hot spots, including communication with the spirits using a flashlight.
In one of the pictures below, my companion Henry (x-cop from NJ, wearing black hat) stares at me with wide eyes (yes...he was very startled), later he explained that the reason was that he had seen the doll move, which can be seen in the same picture behind him next to the organ. In another picture he smiles nervously as he sits in the barber chair. He thought that his hair had been touched, and the same thing happened to another participant about an hour later as we sat in the hallway of the 3rd floor right outside the double doors of the sunroom.
In another picture Henry stands next to a child's play stroller and again he claimed he saw this doll move, and if you notice you will see a stuffed "Pluto" doll in the stroller. Later in the night we mentioned the event to Sharon and Jason from the Asylum who both laughed and said now they understood why their ovilus had kept repeating over the word "Pluto" various time throughout the day, however they kept thinking of the planet not the Disney cartoon. No doubt an entity wanted to bring attention to something.
We came by during the day, and even then this location is very spooky, and I stood out in the roadway to assess that even now in modern times it is very remote, so when this location started as the Genesee County Poor Farm in the early 1800s it was meant to isolate those who lived there and keep them on the fringes of society both figuratively and literally
West Virginia Pententiary, Moundsville (April 2014)
This prison was in use from 1867 to 1995. In 1863, West Virginia seceded
from Virginia at
the height of the American Civil War. Consequently, the new state
had a shortage of various public institutions, including prisons; the Wagon
Gate was the only building at this site during the Civil War.
The first building constructed on the site was the North
Wagon Gate. It was made with hand-cut sandstone,
which was quarried from a local site. The
state used prison labor during the construction process
The conditions at the prison worsened through the years, as
the facility would be ranked on the United States Department of Justice's Top
Ten Most Violent Correctional Facilities list. One of the more
infamous locations in the prison, with instances of gambling, fighting,and
raping, was a recreation room known as "The Sugar Shack".
In total, thirty-six homicides took place in the prison. One
of the more notable ones is the butchering of R.D. Wall, inmate number 44670.
On October 8, 1929, after "snitching" on his fellow inmates, he was attacked by
three prisoners with dull shivs
while heading to the boiler room. In 1983, Charles
Manson requested to be transferred to this prison to be nearer
to his family. His request was denied
January 1, 1986 was not only the beginning of a new year,
but also the date of one of the most infamous riots in recent history. The West
Virginia Penitentiary was then undergoing many changes and problems. Security
had become extremely loose in all areas. Since it was a "cons"
prison, most of the locks on the cells had been picked and inmates roamed the
halls freely. Bad plumbing and insects caused rapid spreading of various
diseases. The prison was now holding more than 2,000 men and crowding became an
issue once again. Another major contribution to the riot's cause was the fact
that it was a holiday. Many of the officers had called off work, which fueled
the prisoners to conduct their plan on this specific day.
From 1899 to 1959, ninety-four men were executed. Hanging was
the method of execution until 1949 with eighty-five men meeting that fate. The
public could attend hangings until June 19, 1931. On that date, Frank Hyer was
executed for murdering his wife, however, when the trap door beneath him was
opened and his full weight was put onto the noose, he was instantly
decapitated. Following this event, attendance at hangings was by invitation
only. The last man to face execution by hanging, Bud Peterson from Logan County, lies in the prison's
cemetery, as his family refused to claim his body. Beginning in 1951,
electrocution became the means of execution. Ironically, the electric
chair, nicknamed "Old Sparky", used by the prison was
originally built by an inmate there, Paul Glenn. Nine men died in the chair until the state
outlawed execution entirely in 1965