Ghost Adventures – Pennhurst State School and Hospital
Ghost Adventures kicked off the new season with a visit to a place that seems particularly disturbing.
Pennhurst was a hospital for the physically and mentally disabled. It opened in the early 1900s and over the course of its history degraded to the point where patients were abused, neglected and even killed. The rumors of violence start early, right when the place opened, and continued up until it closed in 1986. So many reports came to light that eventually news stories were aired and former patients sued the institution for violating their rights.
After a 32-day trial and an immense investigation, prosecutors concluded that the conditions at Pennhurst were not only dangerous, with physical and mental abuse of its patients, but also inadequate for the care and habilitation for the mentally retarded. The State of Pennsylvania also concluded that the physical, mental, and intellectual skills of most patients had deteriorated while in Pennhurst.
Obviously this place has a troubling past, but does it have strong paranormal elements? Former employees certainly think so, with lots of reports of noises, bangs, people looking out the window, figures and footsteps.
Almost half the episode is taken up with documenting the site and quite frankly I was a little disappointed when they started the investigation. The narrative is fascinating albeit shocking.
The investigation came across as a little tame this time around. Considering how large the place actually is versus the evidence they found, it feels like they either didn’t get to go everywhere or there just wasn’t that much activity. Zak and team say they hear a few voices and footsteps, but as always I find it hard to hear them. Is it me or does it always sound like there is just as much static as anything else?
I wish they would have broken this up into a two part episode. I would really have enjoyed more on the history on this location and a much longer investigation. The place is so large and there are so many tunnels it seems they just barely scratched the surface.
Other Articles of Interest:
- Haunted History – Pennhurst Asylum – S01E04
- Ghost Hunters Live Halloween Special at Pennhurst State School and Hospital
- Ghost Adventures – Clinically Dead – S07E14
- Ghost Asylum – Peoria State Hospital – S03E03
- Ghost Adventures – Lechtworth Village – S05E06
- Ghost Stalkers – Springfield State Hospital – S01E02
- Ghost Adventures Live
- Ghost Adventures – Hill View Manor S04E06
- Ghost Adventures – Twin Bridges Orphanage – S13E09
- Paranormal Lockdown – Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – S01E01