A month or so ago, I watched a YouTube vid where Charles Manson claimed to have visited his mother in the West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville, when he was around 5 years old. I didn't think this was possible, as I remember hearing about Moundsville in the local newspapers when I was a kid. There was some type of riot or murder there about every other week. I would have guessed that if a woman would have set foot in there, in about 5 minutes her holes would have been about as big as a paint can. I looked on their website, sure enough, Moundsville held women until 1949.
If you ever see a road sign in WV that says "rough road" they ain't kidding. After several hours of interstates and back roads in the cold (that made my butt sore), I rolled onto Jefferson Ave. in Moundsville, hopped off the bike and took this pic:
At the bottom center of the pic, the right side mirror of the Triumph is visible, the pix aren't very good because my camera isn't very good. To my amazement, when I turned around, there was one of the "mounds" the area is named after. They think these are some type of ancient Indian burial mounds. They dug into one and found human remains.
I suspect the guide is a prison guard currently. He didn't look happy when I stuck my hand through the bars to take this unobstructed pic of the electric chair. It was built by an inmate. They immediately had to put him in protective custody because the other inmates wanted to kill him. 9 men died in that chair.
The prison was built in the 1800's, prisoners were originally brought in by horse and wagon.
I've seen it's contents "translated" on other sites so I won't try to do it here. His handwriting looks slightly more readable in person than it does on the internet, at least to me. Our guide said the small town of McMechen WV was about 12 minutes up the road, I wanted to ride up there, but I didn't have time. I'm sure the CA prisons Manson has been in are rough, but I doubt they match the brutality of Moundsville, our guide said it was closed by Federal order in 1995 because of the deplorable living conditions. (3 men in 5 x 7 cells in 115 degree heat with insects, rats, raw sewage leaking from the pipes, etc.)