Moundsville was notorious for violent riots that were caused more often by overcrowding. In the 1950s the prison was filled beyond capacity—each 5X7 foot cell housed three prisoners. This was later deemed inhumane.
Moundsville was closed down in 1995 but tours are offered today. Recent staff and visitors have reported seeing shadows and hearing strange noises in the old prison.
One of the first sightings was of one inmate who was brutally murdered by fellow prisoners. The room he haunts is the reception area of the prison. It was dubbed, “The Sugar Shack” by the inmates because of what was done. Fights, rapes and murders often occurred in this room.
The murdered inmate, R. D.
Wall met his fate here. He was cut and stabbed to the point that his body was
found later in many pieces. His ghost is spotted lurking in the dark corners in
the Sugar Shack.
|The Sugar Shack|
|Shadow figure photographed|
by Polly Gear
To add to this activity is the fact that Moundsville, West Virginia is named after its many Native American –Adena-- burial mounds. It is said these spirits also roam the area.
With all this mysterious activity would you dare to take one of the night tours offered at Moundsville?