Employees have described the Kirkbride Building at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia, as a ‘hotspot’ for paranormal activity.
The now-defunct asylum opened its doors to tourists for guided historical and ghostly tours in 2007.
Since then, there have been numerous reports of unexplained phenomena by both guests and staff.
Reports have included the appearance of apparitions, shadowy figures and other nebulous forms. Staff have also complained of whispers, banging noises, cries of anguish and other sounds that could not be explained.
A few have even reported being touched by an unseen presence.
“All of our staff here, we have unexplainable experiences on a regular basis,” said office manager Bethany Cutright, speaking to the Indiana Gazette.
“I’ve never had Casper jump out and give me a high-five, but I have had things happen that I couldn’t explain. And when I walk through those areas, the hair stands up on the back of my neck,” she added.
Cynics would be forgiven for thinking that these accounts are nothing more than a marketing ploy, but paranormal investigator, Aaron Sulser, thinks otherwise:
“I’ve been to a lot of famously haunted places,” he said, “It’s certainly one of the most active places I’ve been to. I’ve always gotten something that you can’t quite explain — a voice or a feeling or something. I’ve never drawn a blank there, ever.”