"...days go by, and absolutely nothing happens.
Then, just when you think 'okay, I guess they're
gone', somebody decides it's time to drop in
In an unusual combination of interests and talents,
award-winning video producer/director David
Manganelli has also been a ghost investigator for
over 25 years. He became involved with the
investigation of this prison when he served as the
Paranormal Consultant to MTV for the Moundsville
episode of the series "Fear."
"This old prison is an utterly fascinating place. I
was bombarded with so many questions about it that
I felt the time was right to make a full-length
video about it," says Manganelli. Working with the
full cooperation of the Moundsville Economic
Development Council, Manganelli spent the better
part of 3 months in and around the prison shooting
"I spent all hours of the day and night at the
prison, sometimes with a small crew, sometimes
completely alone. And, believe me, this place will
command your complete and undivided attention when
you are there alone!"
"It's been an intriguing project... whatever is
there plays an wicked little game of cat and mouse.
Days go by, and absolutely nothing happens. Then,
just when you think 'okay, I guess they're gone',
somebody decides it's time to drop in again. It's
like: Oh... hello!"
"I wanted the viewers to get a good sense of what
the prison really looked like, and I also wanted
them to hear some of the amazing background stories
told by our 4 guests in "Part 1" of the video.
These men spent many years of their professional
lives working at the prison, and their observations
are invaluable for understanding the nature and
character of the place. It was an honor to have
them contribute to the video."
"As for the ghosts... well, is there a better
setting? I set out to show Nancy Myer doing what
she does best, and to let the audience experience
an almost real-time walkthrough of this densely
layered place. You're usually quite pressed for
time on most video programs, you never have enough
time to spend on any aspect, and I wanted this to
be different. If you like creepy places, I don't
think you'll be disappointed."
Did he find any real ghosts? "Yes -- though it
might be more appropriate to say that a few of them
found me first! There are times when the prison is
completely peaceful... then there are times when it
becomes utterly unsettling. One of the things we
shot first was Nancy Myer's sequence, and then I
began checking out the information that she had
picked up. Some of the results were quite amazing,
and there is information in the video that comments
on Nancy's accuracy. Some of it still sends a chill
down my spine, and I thought had gotten pretty used
to the place."
"There is so much to this place that my
investigation into it will continue on for quite a
while to come."