Our fascination with the West Virginia State Penitentiary persisted to the point that we had to make a return visit! Armed with the knowledge that we gained from our first investigation and with information from researching the history of the buildings and the inmates, we entered this investigation with new equipment, new "trigger" items, and a new plan to interact with the paranormal. We ended up with some of the best paranormal evidence that we have recorded to date. Everything from EVPs, K2 activity, and unexplained door slamming and footsteps were recorded and/or captured on video. The most active area was a cell known to house an inmate named "Red" Snyder. Leaving trigger items, including cigarettes, in "Red's" cell led to direct EVP and K2 responses to our questions. Additionally, we were able to capture unexplained footsteps and door slams on a camera that we left, unattended, for 2 hours on a stairwell. The videos on the right highlight our evidence from that night. The summary of each videos is as follows:
1) CLIP #1: We left cigarettes and magazines in "Red's" cell for an hour. Upon returning to the cell, guest investigator Christopher asked "Red" if he liked the stuff that we left for him. The response is clear.
2) CLIP #2: The second video clip is also in "Red's" cell, and has two parts...an EVP and a K2 response. During our last walkthrough of the evening, we asked that "Red" light up our K2 meters; if he did so, we would leave him cigarettes. Watch the response during the second part of this clip. (As a side note, we always have two K2 meters and each is carried by different investigator; this makes the second video that much more compelling because both Ks meters light at the same time in response to our question.)
3) CLIP #3: This clip corresponds to video number 2, as it happens during the same line of questioning. After getting the K2 response, noted above, guest investigator Christopher, says "Thank you" for the lighting of the meters. Upon listening to the recording, there is a clear response to Christopher's politeness.
4) CLIPS #4-#6: All of these clips were captured on a night vision camera that was set up and left to run on a stairwell leading to the infirmary. There is a steel door on the bottom of the stairs and one at the top. We left this camera to run, unattended and alone, for about 2 hours while we investigated another wing on the other side of the penitentiary (meaning no one was anywhere near this camera during the time that these clips were taken). There were 9 similar clips in all during the 2 hour period, we have included 3 of them here.
You can watch the full video of our investigation by clicking here: West Virginia State Penn Video.