The Moundsville Penitentiary Shadow Man

The Moundsville Penitentiary Shadow Man

This article will be covering the Moundsville Penitentiary shadow man image snapped by Polly Gear back in 2004.

Over the years, the Penitentiary has been the center of several reports of shadow people, usually linked to the thirty-six homicides and ninety-four executions that took place inside it’s walls.

The photograph has been the subject of numerous high-profile debunking attempts, which have ended up slightly messy and confusing.

Fake photograph or actual paranormal image – let’s take a closer look…


The Shadow Man Image

As I touched on above – many online avenues have published this paranormal photograph as a complete fake…but numerous paranormal experts still believe that this is not the case.

Hopefully by the end of this article, you will have enough information to make your own mind up on the subject.

The shadow man image was snapped by Polly Gear in 2004 at the abandoned West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia.

The Shadow Man Image

When Gear took the photo, she was in the process of investigating the reports of shadow figures that have been filed by those visiting over the years.

Many paranormal experts believe that these shadow figures are the souls of the 94 executed men and 36 homicides that are linked to the dark building.

The Penitentiary went out of commission in 1995, and nine years later this fascinating paranormal image was snapped as Polly was making her way down a hallway, to the cafeteria.

She later claimed that the figure seemed like a black static entity that had a humanoid shape. She shone her torch at it and the beam of light seemed to cut straight through it’s body.

The entity looked down at the light that cut through it’s body, as if it knew what the result would be.

Gear didn’t panic or freak out – she calmly drew her camera from her bag and managed to snap this now infamous photograph.

She was gradually retreating from the shadow figure when she used her camera, and when she lowered it from her eye-level…the entity had disappeared.


The Debunking Attempts Begin…

The image of the shadow man hit the internet within a matter of days…and with that the debunking attempts began to crawl out of the woodwork.

Eventually the popular paranormal television show, Ghost Hunters, got involved, and claimed that they had successfully debunked the image.

They pointed out that someone had merely shone a IR light behind Polly, creating a shadow man image out of her actual shadow.

The Debunking

Unfortunately, their debunk was then debunked itself – turns out the crew of Ghost Hunters are not as clever as they think (no big surprise there!).

They indicated that Polly was 10 – 40 feet away when she took this picture, and created the fake shadow man image. Experts who then examined the photo pointed out that Polly was actually over 100 feet away from the entity in the picture.

This means that there is no way the shadow could have been this size – it would have been A LOT larger.

Now it’s over to you…

Do you believe the flimsy attempts of a debunk by the Ghost Hunters team?

Maybe they were simply jealous that Polly had managed to capture such a fascinating paranormal entity?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions on the Moundsville Penitentiary shadow man, in the comment section below.

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