Stonewall Penitentiary

Stonewall Penitentiary is a non-operational prison facility located in Tunitia, Virginia that was designed to house the "worst of the worst" criminals.  It was the site of a series of murders carried out by Sonny Peyton in 2011.


Construction on Stonewall Penitentiary completed in 1938, upon which the facility opened, much to the disdain of Tunitia's local community.  The prison was small and housed a maximum of only 36 inmates.  It was designed to hold "psychologically-disturbed offenders and those not suitable for the general prison population."

In 1966, Stonewall Penitentiary was shut down amidst a series of controversies surrounding its warden, John Edward Duval, who was discovered to have been conducting illicit, torturous medical experiments on his patients with the full compliance of his staff.

Stonewall Penitentiary

From 2010-2011, Sonny Peyton, the great-great-grandson of prison warden John Edward Duval, kidnapped a series of strangers and brought them to Stonewall Penitentiary, where he murdered them in cold blood and buried their bodies in the prison yard.

Stonewall Penitentiary

First/last seen:  Stonewall Penitentiary

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Status:  Closed

In operation from:  1938-1966

Known wardens:

  • Gary Thewlis (1938-1956)
  • John Edward Duval (1956-1966)

Location:  Tunitia, Virginia

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