Ghost Hunters

Season 1 Episode 5

Eastern State Penitentiary

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 03, 2004 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Eastern State Penitentiary

TAPS investigates Eastern State Penitentiary, an abandoned prison with a long, colorful history and a reputation for paranormal activity. While there, they capture a strange, shadowy shape on film. After reviewing the film, Jason decides that the team should return. More orbs are caught on film, but no repeat of the shadowy figure. Efforts to duplicate the footage prove unsuccessful, but Jason and Grant see how it could have been done. Not wanting to ruin TAPS' reputation, they decide that the footage is inconclusive and put it up on the TAPS site so that the public can decide what they think.


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  • Sorry to break it to you!

    I live in Philadelphia and have been to the Penitentiary along with just about every other person who lives here. It's not haunted. I didn't get any sense that there was anything supernatural and also spoke to a couple of people who have worked there for years. They had never experienced any ghosts or mysterious things. Many of them also work during the night for terror behind the walls and even in the middle of the night nothing happens. The have a couple cell blocks closed and try to tell you its because the ghosts are too dangerous but the truth is the building is very old and it is too dangerous to walk into areas that are crumbling down. This episode just help me realized what a lie this show is.moreless
  • Interesting location, but if Jason, Grant and the TAPS team are so oblivious to an obvious fake, they should stick with plumbing.

    This is another one of the few episodes where the TAPS team actually caught something, supposedly. I get tired of the Dude, Dude, did you feel that, Dude, Dude something touched my arm nonsense. There is also way too much talking and chatter during the iinvestigations. Shut up already! As for the dark figure running towards the camera, abruptly turning and running away, its an obvious fake. The show lost a ton of credibility on this episode. Its so obvious and clear that when the person with the black cloak on turned that they were wearing jeans and light socks and sneakers a cave man could see it. But TAPS either by being forced by SciFi to play along or out of shear stupidity kept up with the I'm not sure what I saw schmeal. Nothing was caught at this location on this visit. The dark figure was obviously a deliberate act by the crew or a prank by local kids.moreless
  • Are they kidding? the black shadow is obviously wearing white pants and a black cloak. Very clear when 'it' turns around to go back down corridor.

    So bummed, fakey black shadow wearing white pants and a black cloak. Show was mostly beleivable until this episode. Is the 'debunk" idea a cover for throwing in a fake episode every now and then? How about the moving lamp at the mertles plantation? I suggest if it looks staged by them they should not air it as an episode, they are ruining the shows credibility. Pretending to be skeptical is not going to excuse fakey footage. The episode with bed covers moving was good because they admitted it had been rigged. Good luck to you all. I hope the show gets better.moreless
  • One of the best episodes ever.

    This is the reason why I watch this show. There is always creepy things happening. The atmosphere of the penitentiary made my hair stand. It was a pretty exciting episode, especially that great piece of evidence but too this day that is left unexplained. I could swear someone was toying with the Ghost Hunters, but look at how masterfully it was done that you have to say it couldn\'t have been a prank. The Eastern State Penitentiary, as we all can say, is one heck-of-a place to investigate and TAPS should be greatful to be given an opportunity to hunt down a creepy ghost.moreless
  • this episode was great but check out most haunted live at eastern state pen, its a 7 hour live investigation aired last week, 2nd june. people get cut!!

    this episode was great but check out most haunted live at eastern state pen, its a 7 hour live investigation aired last week, 2nd june. people get cut!! yup, its on youtube and other episodes are on TAPS do a great job, but they need to lose the eerie backgound music when the audience is trying to hear noises!! if they implimented a medium and a historian the show would be much more interesting.moreless
Steve Gonsalves

Steve Gonsalves

Tech Specialist

Brian Harnois

Brian Harnois

Case Manager

Jason Hawes

Jason Hawes

Founder of TAPS and Lead Investigator

Grant Wilson (II)

Grant Wilson (II)

Co-Founder of TAPS and Lead Investigator

Carl Johnson

Carl Johnson


Donna LaCroix

Donna LaCroix


Sheri Toczko

Sheri Toczko


Guest Star

Brian Bell

Brian Bell

Investigator and TAPS Web Administrator

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The first night of TAPS' investigation of Eastern State took place on September 3, 2004, according to the date embedded in their camera footage.

    • Also Appearing:
      Investigation: Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      Bob Olson - Eastern State Penitentiary Tour Guide
      Brett Bertolino - Eastern State Penitentiary Program Coordinator
      Gary Johnson - Locksmith
      Dave Hobbs - Ghost Hunters Cameraman

    • Donna Lacroix and Keith Johnson were listed in the episode's opening credits, but did not appear.

    • For more information on Eastern State Penitentiary you can visit their official site on the web at

    • The controversial footage from this episode can be downloaded at the official TAPS site ([url][/url]).

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Jason: I hate having questions that I don't have answers for.
      Grant: Does the mind, does the body continue after death, and if so, what keeps them here?
      Jason: Why sometimes do objects move on their own?
      Grant: Yeah.
      Jason: These are all things I'd love to have the answers for.
      Grant: See, like back in the ancient times, why does thunder happen? You know, for all they knew, the Gods were pissed off at 'em, and now an object moves, we think it's a ghost. But it may be something totally scientific.

    • Jason: Isn't this like the beginning of a horror movie?
      Grant: (whispering) Chop chop chop chop chop, kill kill kill kill kill...

    • Brian: DUDE RUN!

    • Brian: I'm sick of the bickering, I really am. I do everything I can for TAPS and it seems I'm the one who gets yelled at all the time!

    • Jason: (to Brian) You want to investigate the paranormal but your freaking terrified of the paranormal!

    • Grant: This place is overwhelmingly visual. You know what kinda people was in there and it starts to make your mind wander. So you have to fight that constantly fighting that and just treating it like a building.

  • NOTES (2)