Extreme Paranormal

Season 1 Episode 2

Pennhurst Insane Asylum

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 26, 2009 on A&E
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Pennhurst Insane Asylum
First, Shaun, Nathan and Jason go to Pennsylvania's Pennhurst State School and Hospital, a former mental asylum and home for the mentally challenged. The facility had a very dark history, and was finally closed for good in 1986 after decades of abuse, neglect and torture were inflicted upon its residents. Since then, many strange sightings and unexplained phenomena have puzzled those who witness them- just as the Extreme Paranormal team hope to experience. Later, the team goes deep into reportedly a haunted swamp just outside of New Orleans, where an entire town was blown away by a devastating hurricane in 1915. One of the team will be buried alive within the bounds of a mass gravesite in order to make contact any souls that might linger in their unquiet graves.moreless

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    • QUOTES (4)

      • Jason: (as he's about to be buried alive by Nathan and Shaun) I kind of expected more people to be at my funeral.
        Shaun: You ready to die?
        Jason: If I die, I'm haunting both of you ***holes!

      • Jason: (warned about a voodoo curse upon the swamp) This whole 'possession' thing freaks me out.
        Nathan: Well, it should freak you out. I've seen possessions before, and they're something you never forget.

      • Angelo Spinnato: (as they prepare to visit Manchac Swamp) If you guys are going to go back there and dig around these mass graves, you're going to have to live with what you wake up.

      • Tom Clough: (when asked if he would spend the night in Pennhurst) Where better to get in tune with the dark side, than in a place where horrible things have happened to human beings?

    • NOTES (4)

      • The Manchac Swamp has also been investigated for paranormal activity by the team from Haunted Highway in the second season episode "Manchac Swamp/Moonville Tunnel".

      • This hour long episode, which included investigations of the Pennhurst State School and Louisiana's Manchac Swamp when originally aired, was re-aired split into separate half hour episodes.

      • The Pennhurst State School has also been investigated by the Travel Channel's paranormal TV show Ghost Adventures, in the third season episode "Pennhurst State". TAPS also investigated the institution in their seventh season Ghost Hunters episode "Pennsylvania Asylum", and later that same season in their "Live Halloween Special". The site would also be used for the first season of the Travel Channel's show Zak Bagan's Paranormal Challenge titled "Pennhurst"; Nathan Schoonover would be one of the contestants competing in that episode from the group New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society.

      • Also Featured
        * Andrew Biggerstaff, Nearby Worker and Eyewitness
        * Tom Clough, Local Resident and Eyewitness
        * Tom Maat, Empathic Shaman
        * Angelo Spinnato, Local Resident
        * Chris Schmidt, Manchac Swamp Historian

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