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The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary: Afterlife With No Parole [Kindle Edition]

Sherri Brake
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Book Description

Afterlife with no parole.

If you die in prison, your soul stays in prison. At least that's what many inmates believed. 998 murders and suicides combined with 85 hangings and 9 electrocutions all make for a dark and violent past. The Cincinnati Ohio Enquirer called it a "Hell On Earth" in 1886. The New York Times branded it as "One of the Most Violent in the Country". Inmates called it "Bloody Alley" and for good reasons.

The Haunted History of the West Virginia Pen is brought to light by Paranormal Investigator, Haunted Heartland Tours owner and author, Sherri Brake. Built in 1866 in Moundsville West Virginia and situated on 10 acres, this mammoth fortress held some of the country's worst criminals.

Explore Moundsville's bloody frontier history, the Grave Creek Mound, the building of the Pen, and the Wardens. Read first hand accounts from past guards and inmates along with newspaper articles, some collected from over 100 years ago.

Accounts of executions, torture, escapes and notorious inmates are revealed. Examine over 100 ghostly accounts as paranormal investigators look for Shadow Men,ghosts and proof of the afterlife. Check out the Paranormal Directory and Vocabulary section. Use the Paranormal Guide to the Pen to help you investigate on site or simply read about the Sugar Shack, the Boiler Room and North Hall, all from the safety of your chair.

This book is an excellent resource for gaining insight on the history and hauntings of this gothic prison. It is a first hand look into the dark dimensions of one of America's most haunted locations.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I would imagine that any book an author writes and publishes, is truly a labor of love. This fact was all the more evident with the writing of my 3rd published book, "The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary".

As the manuscript grew in size throughout the year it took to write, I began to wonder when to "cut" it off. A building as large, as important, and historical to our nations history, needed to be written about in great lenght as no book has ever been published on the Pen such as this one. 200 pages turned into 400 which quickly grew to 500 until page 618 was finished and my husband said, "Stop, that is enough!". I think I could have gone on, and on, and on!

How could I write about the building of the 1866 Pen, and not cover a bit of the areas early crimes and civil war history? If I wrote about the birth of West Virginia and the need for a state pen, I surely had to write about the Grave Creek Mound across the street from the prison. If I wrote about the Mound, then I needed to write about the frontier history. Since I covered the Wardens, I needed to feature notorius inmates. If I wrote about the men prisoners, then I surely had to write about the women in the Big House.

And so it goes. Over two pounds of a book, 618 pages and over 100 interviews with ghost hunters and investigators. I only feel as if I touched the tip of the iceberg. Volume two perhaps??

From the Back Cover

998 documented murders and suicides. 85 hangings and 9 electrocutions.

Many inmates believed if you died in prison, your soul stayed in prison.

Located in Moundsville West Virginia, and built in 1866, this prison fortress has a dark and deadly history. The Cincinnati Ohio Enquirer dubbed it "Hell on Earth" in 1866. Prisoners called it "Bloody Alley" and it ranked on the nation's Most Violent Prison list for many years.

Join paranormal investigator, author and haunted tour owner, Sherri Brake, as she shares with you the bloody frontier history, the building of the Pen, and report of early torture. Learn about the wardens, the electrocutions and the notorius inmates. Check out the Paranormal Guide that will help direct you to the most active hotspots. Over 100 Ghost Hunters share their experiences in this must have book on opne of America's most haunted locations.

From the Director of Haunted Heartland Tours

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  • File Size: 2144 KB
  • Print Length: 618 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087QP2RK
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherri Brake delivers February 15, 2012
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If you are not a believer in the paranormal, Sherri Brake will soon change your mind. If you are just a history buff, Sherri Brake meets your needs. Without a doubt, the most comprehensive book ever written about the Penitentiary, this book covers every aspect of the WV Pen from A to Z.
Detailed historical facts are scattered throughout the book but don't weigh it down to the point where it gets boring. The paranormal happenings are well documented with first hand stories from the people who experienced them.
Two thumbs up for a well researched, well written book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book June 30, 2013
I am an experienced paranormal investigator. I have been in the field for some time. As such, my library of books has begun to grow at an alarming rate which is not a bad thing. I went and visited the Mansfield Reformatory a couple of weeks ago and was browsing through the books and found this one. I am a history buff and of course a paranormal buff too, so I just had to have this book. I am very pleased with the thorough research that has went into this book. I am now planning a trip to The PENN here soon and this book will help me out. I strongly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a haunted history! July 6, 2014
By ipkbnjo
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It is a fact book covering history from the area before the prison was built through the time it was closed down. Instead of telling stories of those who passed through the walls, we are treated to copied and pasted literature from the gift shop describing the physical features of the structure and construction details. The editing is poor. There are frequent grammar mistakes and random phantom letters. This topic could have created a page turner using local folklore and personal stories. I'm not sure what the author was trying to accomplish through the writing. Don't waste your money on the book. You can read everything that is here for free on the internet from the same sources the author used.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One Word: Editor January 24, 2014
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She had ALLLLLLLL of the information there to create a great read. Instead, she just published her bibliography, without editing a single thing. I cannot tell you how many times I read the same information, sometimes within the same page. Someone needs to sit Sherri Brake down and define what it means to write a history book. At the very least, she could've made it interesting. In fact, she took, what is probably one of the most interesting haunted sites in the US and made it BORING. The ONLY reason she gets 2 stars and not 1, is the amount of research she did. Sherri, honey, the research is for you and any appendices to your book, the story is for us, your poor audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More history than haunted... April 22, 2013
By Ginger
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I am a huge Sherri Brake fan, as an author and as a "tour" guide on her haunted walks. I thoroughly enjoyed every other Sherri Brake book, except this one! It is written with much historical knowledge... very indepth... It however, for me, lacks the "haunting", which frankly, was the reason I purchased the book. I would highly recommend "Haunted Stark County... The Haunted History of the Ohio State Reformatory... and Fireside Folklore of WV. Vol 1" Honestly I am anxiously awaiting Vol 2 of the last mentioned book.

Haunted History of WV Penitentiary is a great read if you are interested in the historical aspect!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Phenominal read by a Phenominal Author January 21, 2013
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This is my friend Sherri Brakes fantastic account of the history of the West Virginia Penetentary at Moundsville, WV. She is a fantastic writer & a Great friend. Being in the Paranormal field for many years myself...Sherri never ceases to amaze me with her knowlege & abilities. Please if you ever read any book on the haunted history of our Great nation, Please make it one of Sherri's books...They are All wonderfull reads that you will Not be able to put down once you start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Great read! June 23, 2013
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Great for paranormal investigators. Indepth history of the prison, prisoners and guards, the town of Moundsville, hauntings, and good theories are discussed as to why Moundsville Pen is a hot bed for paranormal activity. Highly recommend to anyone either for a good read if you love history or use as a reference guide if you are a true and serious paranormal investigator.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars misleading title May 23, 2013
By MamaC
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Not a bad read... but my issue is the title and cover photo is 100% completely misleading. The title should have been- The History of Marshall County as Gathered From the Internet. If I had purchased this knowingly, I may have reveiwed higher. Although informative, and not poorly written, I had no interest in the topic and kept expecting something else. As the chapters continued, I became bored and irritated, especially paying $10!
If your looking for information about settlers, natives, mounds, artifacts etc where the Pen was constructed with more history- this is YOUR book. Although I didn't find further information than what is available online. If your expecting paranormal stories, ghost stories or hauntings on the Pen- keep on looking. This is NOT for you. NO WAY.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Prison Facts
If you are a Moundsville Prison buff this is full of interesting information. As a significant other of a former inmate it was enlightening to talk about some of the facts in the... Read more
Published 8 days ago by judy ann fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars detailed
Alot of information.
Published 4 months ago by Gina Bunnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherri Brake is the definitive researcher of all that goes bump in the...
Sherri Brake is the definitive researcher of all that goes bump in the night, and this book is one of her greatest works. Highly recommend!!!!
Published 5 months ago by James M. Patton
4.0 out of 5 stars It was a good book. I was looking for one with more ...
It was a good book. I was looking for one with more histo, rather than afterlife but was still a good read.
Published 6 months ago by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars wow, research at its best
The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary by Sherry Brake is a well-researched book that details all manner of torture, death and pain, not to mention ghostly insight. Read more
Published 19 months ago by MALISSA
5.0 out of 5 stars love the haunted history of the west virgina
would tell every people to read it.does she have any other books to to go on a ghost haunted with her.
Published 19 months ago by terri
4.0 out of 5 stars Not mine, my wife's book
I have read a little bit of the book and met Sherri in person, the book is informational from what I've read so far and seems good.
Published on April 10, 2013 by chris nottingham
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More About the Author

Sherri Brake is an author, lecturer and paranormal investigator. She owns the award winning "Haunted Heartland Tours" and has instructed classes on the paranormal while finding time to consult on a few paranormal television shows. Sherri writes a monthly column in Two-Lane Livin' and leads tours and ghosthunts.

She is the author of; Haunted Stark County Ohio, The Haunted History of the Ohio State Reformatory,The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary and Fireside Folklore of West Virginia. Vol I and Vol II, the Ghosthunters Guide to the West Virginia Pen and the Haunted History of the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

Sherri is a member of many historical & heritage societies and lives on a 100 acre farm in central West Virginia with her husband Perry Queener and daughter, Sage Recco. Their house is "slightly" haunted!
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