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Investigate Pennhurst Asylum from Home with “Paranormal Evidence”

Paranormal investigating meets virtual reality with Paranormal Evidence, “a virtual reality investigation series that explores the unexplained phenomena reported at notoriously haunted locations.”

The series premieres with an investigation of Pennhurst Asylum.

All you have to do is strap on a pair of VR headsets, play the app, and BAM! You’re there…from wherever you are. Home, office, school, etc.

When you enter the VR world of the investigation, you become part of it. The events unfold around you as you see, hear, and experience what our investigators encounter.

Pennhurst’s (Haunted) History
Pennhurst Asylum – Photo from

Pennhurst opened it’s doors in 1908 as the Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic. The buildings were supposed to be divided into two groups, handling two functions: educational/industrial  and custodial/asylum.

Originally 500 inmates or patients were supposed to be housed in the facility. Many of the patients or inmates were children.

The first buildings occupied what eventually came to be known as the lower campus. In 1930 the buildings on the upper campus were opened.

It only took four years for Pennhurst to become overcrowded, and it stayed that way during its lifespan.

Overcrowding, underfunding and patient abuse eventually led to the asylum’s closure in 1987. (Well, that and it was the feature of a five episode television exposé in the 1960s. It so shocked and repulsed viewers that Pennhurt’s demise was all but guaranteed. It just took two more decades to finally accomplish it.)

The poor conditions, violence and deaths that happened at Pennhurst are what’s thought to contribute to the paranormal activity reported there.

EVPs, shadows, doors moving by themselves, objects being moved, people reportedly being touched (and in some cases shoved) are among the types of things experienced there.

What Awaits the Paranormal Evidence Investigators (and You)?
Jack and the other Paranormal Evidence Investigation Team – Photo from

What happens when the team from Paranormal Evidence investigates Pennhurst Asylum? What do they find?

Not sure. Guess you have to gear up and find out.

But here’s a little bit about Jack, the leader, from Paranormal Evidence’s site:

As an expert researcher with a background in investigative journalism, Jack has developed a unique approach to uncovering the truth. He leads a team with experience in anthropology, archeology, and engineering. The investigators enlist custom-built VR camera systems, unique devices, and deep historical research in their search for answers.

How to Gear Up and Join the Investigation

“Paranormal Evidence” is produced by NextVR.

For right now the gear you need to play any of NextVR’s apps is either a Google Daydream View – VR Headset (around $75 on Amazon) or a Samsung Gear VR ($99 or less on Amazon with a controller) and a compatible smartphone.

Speaking of the app, it’s free to download to your phone. Once you have that, you can find Paranormal Evidence and start your experience.

For More Info

Visit Paranormal Evidence’s website:

On their site it says Pennhurst Asylum is the series premier. I’m guessing that means we can expect more investigations. Where would you like to virtually jaunt to next?
Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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