Guest Author - Sandy Mullins
The team of the Most Haunted Live British paranormal investigation team made is up of Host/Lead Investigator Yvette Fielding, Spiritual Medium/Psychic David Wells, Parapsychologist/Investigator Dr. Claran O’Keefe, and Interactive Host Aditi Roy. This team (has had up to 22 different team members since its beginnings) has been investigating haunted places all around England since 2002.
Airing on The Travel Channel on June 1st is this live 7 hour event at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia PA. Eastern State Penitentiary is reported as one of the most haunted places in America. The Most Haunted Live team with be armed with night-vision camera, thermal-imaging devices and other paranormal investigational tools.
The Most Haunted Live team will have live webcam images set up through out the prison and allowing viewers to submit their own paranormal sightings, comments and suggestions for the The Most Haunted Live team.
Eastern State Penitentiary History
Opening in 1829 it was one of the most expensive American buildings built during its day. It was created with a Quaker-inspired system of punishment, isolation, labor, reflection and change. Prisoners would be hooded whenever they were outside of their cells, so they would not gain knowledge of the building, prevent distraction and even interaction with guards. It was believed that though silence and their thoughts, the prisoners would see insight to their crimes and become genuinely penitent, thus the history and beginning of the word penitentiary.
The design of the first cell blocks is unique, 7 cell blocks like spokes of a wheel, by standing in the center rotunda you could literally turn and see down each cell block. Each cell had running water, central heat, a flushing toilet and a skylight, even Andrew Jackson’s White House had no running water and had only coal heating.
The prisoners day, consisted of only the light from the heaven (skylight) a Bible and honest work (shoemaking, weaving, etc...) all leading to penitence.
One of the more famous prisoners staying at Eastern State Penitentiary was Al Capone
1965 Eastern State Penitentiary is designated at a National Historical Landmark by the Federal Goverment.
In January 1970 Eastern State Penitentiary was closed.
In 1994, Eastern State Penitentiary was opened for public tours.
Other paranormal investigative teams that have been to Eastern State Penitentiary have been TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) who show airs on the SCIFI Channel.