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Charles Manson Was Never in West Virginia Penitentiary

It’s become an infamous rumor. Saying the murderer Charles Manson stayed at West Virginia Penitentiary. 

He didn’t. But his connection is strong. Through his mother, Kathleen Maddox.

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Death of RD Wall | Murdered in the Basement of West Virginia Penitentiary

Ghost Guide Daniel – – RD Wall s was a prisoner, maintenance clerk and popular inmate inside West Virginia Penitentiary.

Calmly serving his time. Getting along with both prisoners and guards.  As happy as an inmate can be… until some new transfers arrived.

Warning… things get brutal

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Last Public Hanging at West Virginia Penitentiary | Violence of Frank Hyer

June 19 1931, Frank Hyer was about to be hanged for killing his wife.  Seeing the condemned before his execution surprised officials… he was happy.

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Death of William Red Snyder at West Virginia Penitentiary

Ghost Guide Daniel – – William “Red” Snyder was a violent man.  Born in 1946.  Starting with arson in his 20’s. Then, it escalated. And he served time in many prisons.

Released on parole from West Virginia Penitentiary in 1967.  One day later, he killed 2 men, returning him to the storied prison, and… leading to his murder.

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Torture of Inmates inside West Virginia Penitentiary

Only 10 years open when stories of inhumane punishment and torture was told to the newspaper, the Cincinnati Enquirer on November 30, 1886.  Former West Virginia Penitentiary Assistant Superintendent named Wilkerson had seen enough. 

After leaving he exposed accounts of violence done on inmates.

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Dark Tourism put Moundsville, West Virginia on the Ghost Map

Two notable dark tourism sites stand across the street from each other in Moundsville, West Virginia.

On the west side is North America’s largest native burial mound at 65 feet high.  On the east side, the United States most haunted prison, West Virginia Pen.

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Weird Life of Phoebe Wise of Reformatory Road

Directly across the road from the Ohio State Reformatory once stood a wood farmhouse.  Locals remember the lilacs and a beautiful lily pond owned by Phoebe Wise.

It’s the late 1800’s. The townsfolk think she’s insane.

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Elmo the Elemental | A Mansfield Reformatory Ghost

Negative energy rarely has a name. Not here!  Elmo the Elemental isn’t a Mansfield Reformatory ghost once human. It’s known as an elemental. In other words, a build-up of energy appearing in photography taken by guests.

Mansfield Reformatory via the Cleveland Memory Project (Mansfield Library) | Main Building
Historic view of Reformatory

Not your normal ghost photo!

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Mansfield Reformatory Ghosts | A Collection of Stories

Ghosts come from history but also can be part of it.  Over the years many inmates told guards they were really scared at night. Making Mansfield Reformatory ghosts different.

Said they’d wake to invisible hands grabbing at the bed sheets.  Pulling them tight and loose as if a ghost was “tucking them in”.

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The Ghost of Helen Glattke in the Administration Wing

The Administration Wing of Mansfield Reformatory. Location of the Warden’s office and family apartment.  This is where both Arthur and Helen Glattke began their journey into death.

And where some say they remain.