According to the story, when the Mob ran Las Vegas, members had created a torture chamber on Las Vegas Boulevard. That building now houses a tattoo shop… and perhaps ghosts.
The owner of Wolfpack Tattoo Shop, Bobby Ponte, said he has proof of the paranormal activity. He had called in ghost hunting experts, Sin City Paranormal Investigators.
Members of this investigation team has said they have been thrown, punched, and scratched by spirits. The team requires a medic for every investigation.
Wolfpack Tattoo, at 666 South Las Vegas Boulevard in downtown Las Vegas, has seen a handful of unexplained activity in the short two years Ponte has owned it.
"Stuff comes off the walls when people are here," Ponte said. "We'll hear it crash. We'll come back. Stuff is broken."
As a level-headed individual, Ponte desperately tried to search for logical answers. Aside from extremely high electric bills, and tools and various items mysteriously out of place, Ponte decided to call the ghost hunters in.
“I'm not someone who believes in things without seeing it. I've now seen enough things, there's no other explanation,” he said. “It’s not a human. It's some kind of energy.”
Sin City Paranormal Investigators’ lead instructor, Brent Burris, prides himself on asking “the questions that people wouldn't think of asking.”
SCPI confirmed that the building had a history dating before the Mob era, but that 666 South Las Vegas Boulevard was a place that Mob members utilized.
“This particular area of the building would be used as a disciplinary area where they would take the people who were in trouble,” Team Lead Nathalie Ben-Kely-Scott said.
They’ve also confirmed that they had already investigated this building before.
“I noticed as I’m looking at paper towel, it starts unrolling on its own,” Brian James Williamson said. “Then the paper towel roll lifted a couple inches off the table and just dropped.”
Burris recalled a Friday night an event that suggested the spirits recognized the investigative team.
“As soon as we walked in that faucet turned on and they recognize our energy from last time,” Burris said. “They're ready to play. They're ready to communicate.”
By the second sweep through the building, the ghost hunters said they felt a presence immediately.
“Just like anything in life, it takes time,” Burris said. “So once you gain the spirits trust, they are more apt to communicate with you, the more you come back to visit them.”
SCPI’s main goal is to help spirits on the other side.
“It’s just a matter of finding out why,” Burris said. “Some people are taken too soon in car crash or murders. They're taken from this Earth too fast so they don't know they've passed on. And sometimes it’s up to us to come in and help them realize they're no longer of this Earth. So we try to help them pass on into the light.”
While interest in the paranormal always spikes around Halloween, the mysterious after-life is always spooky.