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West Virginia State Penitentiary Investigation Packages
Hosted by Women's Para-Retreat Weekend and Conference


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The Women's Para-Retreat Weekend and Conference will be held on June 12th and June 13th, 2021 at The Sanford Center in Moundsville, West Virginia. 

 

During the weekend, you will have the opportunity to investigate the West Virginia State Penitentiary--one of the MOST haunted location in the world.  You will also take a daytime tour of the penitentiary and a private tour of the Palace of Gold.  ALL tickets and packages include free admission to the conference.  You will also have the chance to take a class or workshop from some of the top female researchers from all areas of the paranormal.

 

 

West Virginia State Penitentiary 

The penitentiary was first opened in 1876 and the last year it was in operation was in 1995.  During its 119-year span of being open, the prison has seen riots, fires, and nearly 100 inmates being executed by either Old Sparky (9 inmates) or by hanging in the Wagon Gate (85 inmates).  

 

Throughout the years, the conditions of the prison worsened and at one time, the prison was ranked on the United States DOJ's Top Ten Most Violent Correctional Facilities.  There were thirty-six homicides recorded at the prison with one of the most notable being R.D. Wall.  On October 8, 1929, R.D. was murdered by three of his fellow inmates for "snitching".  The Sugar Shack is one of the most infamous locations in the prison, so much so that the guards refused to step foot in the underground room. 

 

When the prison was first built, there was extreme violence and torture used on the inmates which would lead to why the prison is so haunted.

  • Kicking Jenny
    • "...The prisoner is stripped naked and ben[t] over the machine.  His  feet are fastened to the floor with ropes, while his hands, which are  stretched over the upper end, are tied with ropes attached to small  blocks, by which a tension so strong that the frame of the prison can almost be torn in two can be made with a slight pull.  After the prisoner is placed in position the Superintendent, or whoever does    the whipping, takes a heavy whip, made of sole leather...With the whip, the prisoner is beaten until he is almost dead, or the strength  of the man who is doing the whipping gives out."
  • The Shoo-Fly
    • "...the victim could be placed with his feet in the stocks, his arms      pinioned and his head fastened so he could not move it.  Then someone would take the hose and turn the water full upon the prisoner's face.  This was kept up until the victim was partly strangled to death..."

 

There are multiple locations throughout the prison where activity occurs

  • The Chapel
  • The shower cages
  • Death Row
  • The Sugar Shack
  • The North Wagon Gate
  • The circular entrance gate

 

Our personal experiences include

  • Doppelganger of a former team member
  • Malevolent spirit in the x-ray room
  • Multiple shadows
  • EVP's from many locations in the building
  • Negative feelings in the commissary area

 

 

Investigation Only Package

  • Package 1--Prison Investigation ONLY
    • Admission to the conference, both Saturday and Sunday
    • Daytime tour of the West Virginia State Penitentiary 
    • Overnight investigation of the West Virginia State Penitentiary
    • Private tour of the Palace of Gold
    • Personal Investigation Guides
      • Price per person
        • $212.00 per person
      • Payment Plan Deposit
        • $10.00 per person
          • Monthly payments until December 31, 2020 will be $10.00 per month
          • Remaining balance will be split between January, February, March, April, and May payments

 

 

Packages with Hotel Accommodations

  • Package 2—Saturday Hotel Accommodations
    • Admission to the conference, both Saturday and Sunday
    • Daytime tour of the West Virginia State Penitentiary 
    • Overnight investigation of the West Virginia State Penitentiary
    • Private tour of the Palace of Gold
    • Saturday hotel accommodations
    • Personal Investigation Guides
      • 1 Investigator per room
        • $330.00.00 per person
      • 2 - 4 Investigators per room
        • $271.00 per person
      • Payment Plan Deposit
        • $10.00 per person
          • Monthly payments until December 31, 2020 will be $10.00 per month
          • Remaining balance will be split between January, February, March, April, and May payments

 

If you need additional nights accommodations, you may call the hotel at 304-547-1380 and request additional nights.  Make sure to let them know you are attending the Women's Para-Retreat Weekend and Conference or you will not receive a discounted rate

 

  • Once you have purchased your package, you will receive an e-mail from womens.para-retreat@outlook.com at the email you provide at check-out
  • For terms and conditions, visit https://eclipseparanormal.com/pkg-terms-%26-conditions
  • The investigations are for female investigators only.  If you are male and would like to attend the investigations, you can join us at Man-CON in August 2021
  • If you are a male and purchase a package, we will consider it a donation and donate the money to the local women's shelter