Post submitted by Crystal Hall
Spooks and gadzooks! You’ve felt it before: the cold chill, the creepy presence, unexplainable sounds. You know when you’re in the presence of the paranormal. Even if you’re a skeptic, old prisons are downright creepy. With torture devices, housing for POWs, and years of executions, it’s no wonder that several of the United States’ and Britain’s prisons are often explored for their paranormal activity. Whether you’re looking for thrills, chills, or to hunt a spooky specter, check out these eight prisons that might (definitely) be haunted.
The California island fortress prison is infamously known for its legendary inmates and escapes, but it’s also a prime point for practitioners of the paranormal. Several ghost stories originate from these walls, including the tale of 14D, where an inmate once reported that a creature with glowing eyes would kill him during the night. His screams were unanswered, and by morning, he was strangled to death. No one ever took credit for the man’s death. The prison also boasts the ghost of Al Capone, playing his banjo from inside the thick stone walls.
Opened in Ohio in 1896, the Mansfield Reformatory (closed in 1990) boasts many haunted sites inside its prison walls — the administration wing, the chapel, the infirmary, several cell blocks, and the basement are all said to be haunted. The spirit of a 14-year-old who was beaten to death is said to haunt the basement, and many visitors complain of overwhelming nausea after a visit to “The Hole,” the solitary chamber where many prisoners died during Mansfield’s years as a functioning prison. The site was the subject of Haunted Investigators‘ first show. You can’t get more spooky than that!
Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary is said to be one of the most haunted places in North America. Quakers originally ran the facility, and wanted the inmates to have few distractions in an attempt to bring them to God. The truth is more like inhumane punishments and crazy-making solitude. Famously, a locksmith working to break a 140-year-old lock in Cell Block #4 was so overtaken by negative spirits that he spoke passionately of the experience for the rest of his life.
The Tower of London is perhaps Britain’s most famously haunted structure, and the site boasts an extremely bloody past. The tower, which was a prison for ne’er-do-wells and nobles alike (as well as home, for a time, to the Royal Menagerie of zoo animals), played host to years of torture, grisly beheadings, and many murders. Anne Boleyn was famously beheaded there by Henry VIII, and her ghost is said to haunt the tower still. Thomas A. Becket, Sir Walter Raleigh, and the feisty Countess of Salisbury have all been reported as paranormal figures in the tower, and the spooky reputation has made the structure one of London’s top tourist traps.
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