7 Haunted Places in West Virginia

A ghostly cow, a dancing child, shadowy beings in the night. Wild and wonderful West Virginia is home to several terrifying spirits. Here are seven places to find them.

West Virginia Penitentiary – Moundsville

The West Virginia Penitentiary is more than 140 years old and once housed 2,400 violent criminals. 85 executions took place on the property, along with suicides, murder, and rape. According to visitors, the prison’s paranormal hot spots include the chapel, the shower cages, death row, a recreational area known as the Sugar Shack, and the site of former hangings. Ghost hunters have also spotted faces in long-abandoned cells and shadowy figures in hallways.

Lowe Hotel – Point Pleasant

Legend has it a number of spirits call the historic Lowe Hotel home. The most famous is a beautiful young woman who dances on the mezzanine between the first and second floors. Other ghosts include a tricycle-riding child on the second floor, a maid and sea captain on the third, and ghostly string quartet in the fourth floor ballroom. Point Pleasant is also home to the infamous Mothman.

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Ghosts of the Tate Murders

On August 9, 1969, five members of the Manson family murdered actress Sharon Tate and four others at Tate’s Los Angeles home. Now, at least one homeowner near the former Tate residence believes the murder victims haunt his property.

“I’ve had many esteemed psychics and mediums here, and they all say that the spirits of those that were killed have unfinished business and they will not crossover until the murderers are also dead,” the homeowner told LA Weekly. “I’ve seen infrared video footage of balls of light and shadow figures on many occasions and my figurines that stand in a very active room fall over without any help, often. I know it’s them.”

The photo below is alleged proof of the haunting. Do you think the Manson victims still haunt the site of their murder?

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The Lizzie Borden Haunting

On August 4th, 1892, someone took an axe to Andrew and Abby Borden inside their Fall River, Massachusetts home. Though police suspected Andrew’s daughter Lizzie, a jury acquitted her of the crime. The gruesome murders made international headlines and inspired the famous rhyme:

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.

Given the gory history of the Borden home, it’s hardly surprising the building has a haunted reputation. Strange events at the property include the sound of a woman weeping, muffled conversations in empty rooms, and shoes shuffling across the floor. One maid reportedly quit after seeing the indention of a body on a bed in Abby’s room.

Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters both investigated the home, as have several other paranormal investigation teams. Prefer to explore the property yourself? Visitors can tour the old home, now a bed and breakfast, or spend a night in the room where Abby was brutally murdered. For those who can’t travel, ghost cam subscriptions are also available.


The Texas Tower Sniper Ghost

haunted UT tower

On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman opened fire from the top of the University of Texas Tower, killing 14 people and wounding more than 30 others before police shot him dead. Now, some say, the “Texas Tower Sniper” still haunts the site of his killing spree.

Rumor has it the tower lights switch on and off at night, when the offices are closed and the tower is vacant, save for a lone security guard. In some instances, the lights switch on and off several times. On one occasion, an irritated guard reportedly yelled at Charlie to knock it off, and the lights switched off for good. In The Ghosts of Austin, author Fiona Broome claims witnesses spot Whitman’s ghost in “workman’s clothes and a fleeting, shadowy form.”

Today marks the 51st anniversary of the University of Texas shootings. Do you believe Whitman’s ghost is still around?