In Focus: Black Sky Paranormal shares stories about investigations

This photo was captured at Lake Shawnee in Mercer County.
This photo was captured at Lake Shawnee in Mercer County.
Published: Oct. 25, 2022 at 1:44 PM EDT
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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - On the Sun. Oct. 23 edition of In Focus, WVVA interviewed two members of the Black Sky Paranormal Group. WVVA interviewed Carl Jarrell, the group’s co-lead investigator and tech manager and Kelley Culver, an investigator.

The group was founded in 2017, and members live locally in the Bluefield area and also in Wytheville, Va. They’ve investigated a number of places in the Two Virginias including Lake Shawnee in Mercer County, the Trans-Allegheny lunatic asylum in Weston, W.Va., the State Penitentiary in Moundsville, W.Va and more. They’re also traveled to places in the region including the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Maryland. They’ve also investigated an old hospital in Tennessee, too.

However, Jarrell says one of the spookiest places they’ve investigated is the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Jarrell compared it to the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is the setting for a majority of the action in the Harry Potter books and movies.

“The best way I can describe it is an evil Hogwarts,” said Jarrell. “You walk up on this place, and it’s like bad news. It’s actually 666 acres. You can’t make that up. Just to be on the outside of the place, it’s pretty chilling.”

In Focus is a show about people, events and other topics. it airs every morning on WVVA at 9 a.m. If you have an idea for a segment, email evening anchor/content manager Melinda Zosh at