The Cincinnati Ohio Enquirer dubbed it “ Hell on Earth” in 1986. Prisoners called it “Bloody Alley” and it ranked on the Nations Most Violent Prison list for many years. This prison in Moundsville, West Virginia has a dark and deadly history with 998 documented murders and suicides, 85 hangings and 9 electrocutions. Many inmates believed if you died in prison, your soul stayed in prison.
Join paranormal investigator, author, and haunted tour owner Sherri Brake,as she shares with you the bloody frontier history, the building of the Pen, and reports of early torture. Learn about the wardens, executions and notorious inmates. Over 100 ghost hunters share their experiences in this book about one of America’s most haunted locations.
From the author:
The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary
Afterlife with No Parole
by Sherri Brake
* 998 documented murders and suicides *
* 85 hangings and 9 electrocutions *
Many inmates believed if you died in prison, your soul stayed in prison.
Located in Moundsville, West Virginia, and built in 1866, this prison fortress has a dark and deadly history. The Cincinnati Enquirer dubbed it ‘Hell on Earth’ in 1886. Prisoners called it “Bloody Alley” and it ranked on the nation’s “Most Violent Prison” list for many years. The Pen housed thousands of inmates in its 109 years of operation and executed a total of 94 men. Reports of torture devices and cruel and unusual treatment surfaced in the early years of the prison making this a very deadly place to “Do Hard Time”.
Join Paranormal Investigator, author, and haunted tour owner, Sherri Brake, as she shares with you the bloody frontier history of the area, the building of the Pen, and reports of early torture. Learn about the wardens, the executions, the escapes and the notorious inmates.
Did you know:
Charles Manson’s mother was an inmate here?
Fast Freddie escaped 13 times from the Pen and sent the warden postcards of his travels?
The last hanging at the Pen took place in 1949?
The electric chair was built by an inmate?
The Pen closed in 1995 when the state declared its 5×7 foot cells were cruel and unusual punishment?
This building has been on the SyFy Channel, the Travel Channel, A&E and others due to its ghostly activity?
Check out the Paranormal Guide that will help direct you to the paranormal hotspots such as the Boiler Room, the Sugar Shack, North Hall and the Psych Ward. Interviews with past workers, inmates and officers are featured. Over 100 ghost hunters, psychics, and mediums share their experiences in this must have book on one of America’s most haunted locations.