“Good News, Everybody… I’m Going to Prison!” – Doing Time at a PRS Field Trip
by Brian Lutz
When people find out that I work with the cast of Paranormal State, I am often asked if there is a way to join the PRS on one of their investigations. On the surface, this seems like a silly question. After all, you can’t bounty hunt with Dog, you can’t bust bugs with Billy and you definitely can’t rock on stage with Gene Simmons.
Amazingly, you CAN hunt for ghosts with Ryan Buell, Sergey Poberezhny, Katrina Weidman, Eilfie Music, Heather Taddy and the entire Paranormal Research Society.
Due to popular demand, the PRS have started a series of Field Trips, where they return to the locations of some of their most famous cases. Fans are able to attend these trips, where they’re encouraged to conduct their own investigations (bring your own EMF meters!), while getting full access to the PRS and their expertise.
I was asked if I was interested in attending the ninth Field Trip (officially known as “Field Trip 9”), taking place at West Virginia State Penitentiary. Fans of the show know that this is the location featured in Darkness Falls one of the most famous (and scary) episodes of the show. How could I say no? A short flight to West Virginia later and I was ready to rub elbows with paranormal royalty.
I was actually one of the last people (or, as they prefer to be called, “Field Trippers”) to arrive at the penitentiary. Several junior members of the PRS were handling registration, and I was immediately struck by the fact that everybody (Field Trippers and PRS alike) already seemed to know one another. I soon found that that the vast majority of attendees had already participated in one or more previous field trips, and there were many that had attended EVERY one to date. In fact, I think I may have been the only person to have never attended a field trip… a paranormal virgin, if you will.