CONFERENCE MAY 25-27, 2018
EXHIBIT MAY 26-27, 2018

GREATER COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER

400 N. HIGH ST.
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215

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Friday Day & Afternoon/Evening Paranormal Tour & Investigation

Friday Paranormal Bus Tour

2015 PARANORMAL TOUR!
The West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville

“Unlike most of the people who’ve previously walked through the gates of the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, you can be fairly certain you’ll be walking out again a few hours later. The imposing Gothic structure was first opened in 1876, but closed in 1995. It’s seen riots, fires and the execution of nearly 100 prisoners through either hanging or electrocution… Obviously, this place has its fair share of ghosts and demons, literal and figurative. Visitors have reported seeing the “Shadow Man,” a static-y silhouette of a figure that roams the entire prison grounds, along with spirits from prison guards and inmates past. Compounding its already shady history, the penitentiary was built on the leveled grounds of the Adena Native American tribe’s sacred burial site

West Virginia Penitentiary, Moundsville

Friday May 29th the Midwest Haunters Convention will start the day off with our daytime paranormal tour sponsored by Donat Insurance.

Moundsville’s West Virginia Penitentiary Day Tour | $99

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Day Tour guests will learn of the dark history of this ominous building, cold hard facts and an insight into the antiquated justice system. The gloomy, gothic-style structure resonates with the untold stories of the state’s murderers, rapists and West Virginia’s worst. The tour focuses on the main level of the facility and includes the recreation yards, a viewing of prisoner artwork, both visitation rooms and the new cafeteria that resulted from the riot of 1986. Also included are a walk through “The Alamo”, the cellblock which once housed the most dangerous and violent inmates, and “New Wall” where you just might get LOCKED UP! Following the tours, guests are welcome to browse in the penitentiary’s gift shop.

Dungeon of Horrors

The penitentiary is also is the host of the haunted attraction Dungeon of Horrors, through which MHC tour attendees will get an exclusive lights-on (no actors) walk through.

Dungeon of Horrors

  • This bus is for attendees of the tours. Limited Seating – reservations required.
  • Bus departs convention center at 9am.
  • This bus is for day building tours only.
  • Cameras are allowed and encouraged!
  • Lunch will be provided, vegetarian options available.
  • Bus returns to convention center at around 7:30pm.
  • Bus will return in time for Friday Night Haunted Hoochie and After Party.
  • License Agreement (Waiver) to be filled out by all attendees (Complete and bring with you to event): Download Waiver Here

Bus 2 – Moundsville’s West Virginia Penitentiary Afternoon/Evening Paranormal Investigation | $149

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: You MUST ALREADY be a Registered MHC Attendee to purchase event tickets. If you still need to register, click HERE!

Come join this first-of-a-kind event for Midwest Haunters Convention. Travel with us to this well-known paranormal site to do an actual paranormal investigation with the guys from Living Dead Paranormal, an Ohio-based paranormal investigation team made up of brothers Josh, Shaun and Rocky Fourman. After living for several years in a genuinely haunted house, the Fourman brothers now travel the country filming and documenting paranormal activity at some of the country’s most haunted locations. You can get to know more about Living Dead Paranormal before MHC by visiting their website and Facebook page.

Living Dead Paranormal
  • This bus is for attendees of the paranormal investigation. Limited Seating – reservations required.
  • Bus departs convention center at 12pm.
  • Guided tour of building before investigation.
  • On-site seminar: Paranormal 101 – Preparation for Investigation. Lead Investigators/Teachers – Josh, Rocky & Shaun Fourman (Living Dead Paranormal)
  • You may bring your own paranormal investigation equipment.
  • Cameras are allowed and encouraged!
  • Dinner will be provided. Vegetarian options available on site
  • Bus returns to convention center around 12am.
  • License Agreement (Waiver) to be filled out by all attendees (Complete and bring with you to event): Download Waiver Here

About the West Virginia Penitentiary | Official Website

Unlike most of the people who’ve previously walked through the gates of the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, you can be fairly certain you’ll be walking out again a few hours later. The imposing Gothic structure was first opened in 1876, but closed in 1995. It’s seen riots, fires and the execution of nearly 100 prisoners through either hanging or electrocution. These days, the only things it sees are much better behaved visitors. You can take a tour of the grounds and see the rows of cramped 5 ft.-by-7 ft. cells during the day.

Obviously, this place has its fair share of ghosts and demons, literal and figurative. Visitors have reported seeing the “Shadow Man,” a static-y silhouette of a figure that roams the entire prison grounds, along with spirits from prison guards and inmates past. Compounding its already shady history, the penitentiary was built on the leveled grounds of the Adena Native American tribe’s sacred burial site. Sure, lots of places are purportedly located as such, but this situation is different: located directly across the street from the central, administrative tower of the prison is the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, featuring the only eponymous mound remaining in the town of Moundsville.

Over the years, 93 men from the pen were executed for their crimes: 83 by hanging and 9 by electrocution. Those who were hanged proceeded up the so-called Death House’s 13 stairs and slipped their heads through a noose with 13 knots (both symbolic of the judge and each member of the jury). All hangings were public until 1931, when one man being executed was decapitated during the hanging process. From then on, all executions were “by invitation only:” the inmate’s family, family of the victim, media, clergy, coroner.

When West Virginia reinstated capital punishment in 1951, a fellow inmate was commissioned to build the penitentiary’s electric chair, “Old Sparky.” For obvious reasons, this gentleman joined the ranks of the rats & snitches and had to go into protective custody within the prison. Three switches providing current to the chair were installed. The electrician who performed the day-before check of the wiring put one hot/two dead, so as to give the guards a 2 out of 3 chance of not throwing the responsible switch.

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ONSITE REGISTRATION HOURS

  • Friday May 25: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday May 26: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday May 27: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

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  • Friday May 25: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday May 26: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday May 27: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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