WV MOUNTAIN MOMMA GHOST HUNTERS LAKIN MENTAL HOSPITAL FORMERLY LAKIN INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL FOR COLORED BOYS
~LAKIN MENTAL HOSPITAL ~
(formerly Lakin Industrial School for Colored Boys)
**UPDATE: LAKIN WAS DEMOLISHED IN NOVEMBER 2006.
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Lakin was built in 1924 in Mason, WV, with the aid of African American legislators T.G. Nutter, Harry Capehart and T.J. Coleman, who also established other facilities and were run by African-Americans during the era of segregation; hence, the name, “The Lakin Industrial School For Colored Boys.”Lakin was a reform school for African-American youth. Most staff and boys worked on the surrounding farm.  The industrial school was in operation from 1924 until 1956. The hospital for the insane was located across the road from the industrial school. Though some pieces of the old hospital remain, the majority of it was later torn down and the Lakin Nursing Home now stands on that site. However, there has been much speculation as to what all went on at Lakin. Could it have been part of the hospital as well? For instance,on the third floor there was a large trough like structure. Many claim that this is where they performed lobotomies and electric shock treatments. There is also a story about a nurse who was shoved from behind and fell to her death on the basement stairs.After Lakin closed its doors in 1956, the property was claimed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services until 1976. At that time, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture the inherited it. In November 2007, the American Electic Power Company purchased the property. It was the AEP's river operation's facillity who purchased the property to expand their development. They tore down Lakin, and it no longer stands.
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LAKIN IS EXTREMELY ACTIVE........
AND THE
MOST ACTIVE PLACE WE HAVE EVER BEEN..... SO FAR!!!
DATES WE INVESTIGATED:
SEPT. 21,22,25,27,29 2004
and 
OCT. 1,2,6,11,21,22 2004
ORB ON THIRD FLOOR
OUR EXPERIENCES at LAKIN:

*Hearing footsteps, breathing, moans, bangs and crashes, screams, voices, other unexplainable sounds

*Being touched, having camera straps, clothing, etc. pulled on, hearing our names being said on some of our recordings (EVP'S)

*Three of our investigators went to Lakin one night, and as soon as they entered the back entrance, it sounded like 15-20 people talking, but no one was in the building but them.... and maybe some ghosts!!!
JUST A NOTE:
LAKIN IS PRIVATE PROPERTY. YOU MUST HAVE PERMISSION TO BE THERE. YOU WILL BE GIVEN A WARNING, FINE, OR JAILTIME IF CAUGHT. WE WILL NOT BE RETURNING AFTER LEARNING ON OUR LAST VISIT THAT IT IS PRIVATE PROPERTY.. THIS WAS WHEN WE FIRST STARTED OUT, AND WE APOLOGIZE FOR OUR MISTAKE.

WE NOW GAIN MORE INFO ABOUT PLACES WE WANT TO GO, AND GAIN  PERMISSION.
ORB ON 3RD FLOOR MOVES AND DISAPPEARS IN SECONDS.
WE HAVE COLLECTED WELL OVER 100 EVP'S FROM LAKIN!!
THIS PLACE IS
VERY
ACTIVE...
AND
VERY HAUNTED!
IF YOU HEAR SOMETHING ELSE THAT WE MISSED, OR HEARD SOMETHING DIFFERENT, LET US KNOW.
A SAMPLE OF SOME OF OUR EVP'S
FROM LAKIN MENTAL HOSPITAL
(formerly Lakin Industrial School for Colored Boys)
EVP 1-  A MAN AND A CHILD-
MAN "THAT'S BAD."
CHILD- "THAT'S BAD, OH YEAH?" MAN- "THE TAPE RECORDER." CHILD- "OBVIOUSLY, I DON'T SEE WHY THAT'S BAD."
EVP 13- GIRLS AND BOYS- "JUST GO AWAY"
EVP 14- GIRL- "DON'T PAPPA"
EVP 15- GIRL- "I'M THINKING OF MOVING AWAY."
EVP 2- MAN- "COME OVER HERE AND LET ME FEEL YOU"
EVP 16 -GIRL- "THERE'S A SOLDIER"
EVP 3- BOY- "THIS  HOUSE IS MINE (OR HOME"
EVP 17 -BOYS- "BACK!" THEN "LET ME OUT!"
EVP 4- GIRL- "DOES ANYONE HAVE FAITH?'
EVP 18 -BOY- "HELP US."
EVP 5- BOY- "LEAVE ME ALONE."
EVP 19 -BOYS- "HEY, LOOK PEOPLE." "HMM, WE'LL HAVE TO F--- THEM WITH THEIR OWN FLASHLIGHTS." "HUHM."
EVP 6- BOY- "YOU WON'T GET OUT ALIVE"
EVP 20 -GIRL- "I SAW YOUR JESUS COMING TO FIND ME."
EVP 7- MAN- "BORED."
EVP 8- MAN- "PIG," THEN, EVIL LAUGH
EVP 21 -MAN- "GET OUT!"
EVP 22 -GIRLS- "REMEMBER THE GUY THAT SAW US COMING?" "THE ARMY GUY?"
EVP 9- BOY- "YOU'D BETTER GO."
EVP 10- MAN- "YOUR LEFT POCKET"
EVP 23 -MAN- "MICHELLE!"
EVP 11- MAN- "I'M TELEPATHIC"
EVP 24 -BOY- "THEY KIDKNAPPED MY BROTHER."
EVP 12- GIRL- "ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME?"
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