Monday, October 3, 2011

Pennhurst Asylum: Site of 'Ghost Hunters Live' Oct. 31 show

1934 photo of Pennhurst
ParanormalPopCulture.com has exclusively learned that Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, Penn., will be the site of Syfy's Ghost Hunters Live Halloween show on Oct. 31. The asylum, just 45 minutes away from the Philadelphia airport, was founded in 1908 as a way to deal with the mental and physically ill of society. This will mark the second time in 2011 that the TAPS team will visit the site. The first was investigation was last March's "Pennsylvania Asylum" episode.

Originally known as the Eastern Pennsylvania Institution for the Feeble Minded and Epileptic, the asylum was founded on at-the-time progressive ideas about dealing with the "defectives" of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Over time rampant allegations of abuse emerged from within Pennhurst's walls. Overcrowding and neglect led to patients being drugged, restrained, locked up and left for long periods as a form of control; patients were also often left to fend for themselves over nights and weekends when doctors or staff were absent. Patient rape and beatings by staff were additionally reported. Focus was placed on the deplorable conditions of Pennhurst in a 1968 five-part expose series by NBC10 news (which you can watch here). The institution was then at the center of a major lawsuit in 1977, which was heard in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1980, that established the constitutional rights of the mentally ill patients had been violated. This was the nation's first lawsuit of its kind. Pennhurst forcibly closed in 1986 and has since become known as one of the country's most haunted locations.

What's interesting about the choice of Pennhurst for the live show is that the location hosts a Halloween haunted house attraction. Even though the Pennhurst campus takes up 112 acres with more than 20 buildings, it would seem the haunted attraction could provide unique challenges to securing the investigation site.

The first time TAPS investigated Pennhurst, Grant Wilson reported hearing a disembodied voice saying "Spring City;" Jason Hawes and Grant both saw a shadow figure; Adam Berry and Amy Bruni heard dragging noises; audio was collected of a voice saying "go home" along with an EVP of a giggling child. Whether the ghosts of Pennhurst exist or not, the tragedy of this location was all too real. Pennhurst has also been featured on Ghost Adventures in 2009 and Paranormal Challenge in 2011.

What do you think about Ghost Hunters investigating Pennhurst for Halloween? Do you think there is a better location? Will you watch? Who would you like to see as a guest investigator? Do you want to see Josh Gates back as a host? Sound off on our forums.

16 comments:

33e64bf0-ede3-11e0-857f-000bcdcb2996 said...

I think that is an awesome choice for a location. But if it is a haunted house attraction, how are they going to keep it "uncontaminated"? Joshua Gates is a natural choice for show host. I don't think they need to bring on any "housewives" or other celebrities.

Anonymous said...

If there is a haunted house attraction already in place it will definitely put question to any "paranormal" experiences. Josh Gates should always be the host...NO CELEBS!! Maybe Barry from GHI or one of the other investigators instead.

Anonymous said...

I do know that the Haunted Attraction is closed that night. So i dont think there really will be any contamination. Plus the attraction only involves 2 of the many buildings. I think the location is fantastic! I live right near there and work at the attraction. I can say that many employees as well as visitors have had many experiences or encounters.

Anonymous said...

I am a current employee of the attraction and I can say that I as well as others have had many things happen when working!!! Great location, can't wait.

Anonymous said...

Definatly a great choice, this place is known to be one of the most haunted locations around. I visited the haunted attraction a few weeks ago, and had issues with a phone only a few months old, while walking through the building with the most reported history of activity. while using the flashlight an audio error message popped up then shortly there after the phone turned off by its self, never had issues with it before and haven't had any since! Good luck, ill be watching!

Anonymous said...

Awesome location, truly terrifying, haunted attraction or not that place hosts pure evil. Its the real life House on Haunted Hill!

Coachjenni said...

I love this show I look forward to it every year .i would love to be a guest on taps.

brenda dolan said...

I absolutely love this show and I never miss it!!!!! Great Halloween locaton guys, Good luck

Anonymous said...

How far away is this place from ephrata PA .

Anonymous said...

They should come to da rez life. In shiprock new mexico? Love da show taps an g.h.I.to

Anonymous said...

I'm watchin u guys at. Da place yr at now . Jason an grant becarful thir there listening to you?

Kat mccardle said...

Love ur.show. Watch it with my grandkids. They love it also. Keep up the good work

Anonymous said...

Its a cool show love da show . Boo from new. Mexico

Anonymous said...

I volunteered at pennhurst in the 70's with a church group. Ask if anyone wants a cigereete. They loved smoking.

Anonymous said...

Awesome show! great location! Keep up the good work all!! You guys should get back to wright/patt afb soon and dig into those museum hangars!!!

Stew said...

For what's it worth, I was almost lured into coming there if not for an unfortunate extended stay deluxe philadelphia airport last November. For Christ's sake, I couldn't even watch or read about it, what more to even be that close.