Friday, August 23, 2013

Guest Blogger Victoria Roder

Haunted Prison Tour With Victoria Roder
West Virginia Penitentiary (Moundsville)

According to paranormal experts, places of pain and suffering tend to attract spirits, and prior to prison reform, penitentiaries were based on a system of separation and torture. Built in 1866 West Virginia Penitentiary also known as Moundsville Prison was ranked one of the top ten most violent correctional facilities. Over crowding with three prisoners housed in each of the 5 x 7 foot cells, led to fighting, raping and thirty-six homicides.
Legend states that the West Virginia Penitentiary was built on land that belonged to Native Americans. It was a blessed burial ground that carried a curse to anyone that disrupted the sacred site. Some claim the violent history of the prison is part of that curse.
Moundsville has seen over 1,000 deaths between 1866 and 1995. Out of the deaths, 85 men were executed by hanging, nine men by electrocution and thirty-six lost their lives by homicide. Before it’s closing in 1995 the premise withstood two violent prison riots and numerous violent escape attempts.

Even after the prison’s closing, the circular entrance gate used to separate arriving inmates from the warden’s living quarters still turns periodically by itself making guests wonder if the criminals are still arriving. Tour visitors claim to feel watched and followed around the premises. Claims of a dark ominous “Shadow Man”, said to be a guard keeping watch, routinely startles the guests. A residual haunt, or a continual playback of an event, of an inmate digging in the cell wall with a spoon has been reported. In the “Sugar Shack”, the basement of the penitentiary used during bad weather to allow prisoners recreation, there are reports of whispering, cold spots and violent arguing. While the prison was in operation, the “Sugar Shack” was a place of violent fighting and rapes.

At West Virginia Penitentiary, a burial curse and a violent past perhaps has led to spirits that have a score to settle, some souls looking for a way out, or perhaps a few spirits too evil to move on. Whatever you believe, Moundsville provides tours so that you can judge for yourselves if the confines are haunted.

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In celebration of my new release, Haunting of Ingersull Penitentiary please follow the rest of my Haunted Prison Tour. I will be choosing one winner from all the comments on the tour for an e-book copy of Haunting of Ingersull Penitentiary. Each time you comment on my tour, you earn an entry, so don’t forget to leave your e-mail address! Please visit me at

August 14th, Haunted Prison Tour Introduction
August 16th, Haunting of Alcatraz
August 23rd, Haunting of Moundsville
August 31st, Haunting of Eastern State Penitentiary
September 13th, Find Out How I Became a Writer
Haunting of Ingersull Penitentiary, Blurb:
Converting the former federal prison Ingersull Penitentiary, into the “The Big House Inn” swallowed Hailey Price’s inheritance from her murdered mother and deceased father’s estate. But, with any luck, the rumors of the federal complex being haunted will boost interest of the Inn. The abandoned Penitentiary, cursed by a witch, is in a constant battle of good verses evil, an eternal struggle for the souls that enter the complex.
The residual haunts are the least of the frightening occurrences at the Inn. An electrical storm traps the visitors with a possessed Ouija board and the spirit of a condemned witch with an ancient curse. The visitors spend a heart pounding night in the battle of good verses evil. It might be Heaven checking into “The Big House Inn”, but it’s Hell checking out.


  1. Hearty congratulations on the debut of your novel, Vicki -- may you sell many a copy. The premise is fascinating. I especially like your log line: "It might be Heaven checking into “The Big House Inn”, but it’s Hell checking out." I'm gonna use that one at my next family reunion (g).

  2. Congratulations on your new book! Sounds interesting

  3. Thanks for stopping in Mark & Maria. I love your idea, Mark!