|1934 photo of Pennhurst|
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.