Sunday, October 30, 2011

Eastern State Penitentiary

We could hardly pick a creepier, scarier or more imposing place for our paranormal article this month for Halloween than Eastern State Penitentiary.

A lot of places report to be the most haunted. Eastern State is one and believe us, it's the REAL DEAL. Haunted to the T. Haunted up the wazoo. Pick your euphemism. It has ghosts.

Every manner of paranormal activity is reported here: unexplained noises, disembodied voices, orbs, flashing lights, strange mist, full body apparitions, EVP's, shadow people, abnormal EMF name it.

This building is so scary it's extremely difficult to walk around and tour it in the broad sunshiny happy light of day. It's long hallways and endless gaping black cells will test the heartiest of people.

It is historically famous as the world's first penitentiary. Prisoners were kept penitent through forced silence, which in effect made every single cell solitary confinement resulting in driving the prisoners stark raving mad from isolation. Doorways were kept low so prisoners would have to bow their heads in penance for their sins. The design for the prison and methodologies of incarceration were copied around the world and hailed as a brilliant alternative to the barbaric conditions of the prison standards of the day.

The prison was in operation for over a hundred years, 1829-1971 and housed a few notable inmates. Bank robber Willie Sutton was here and even staged an escape attempt through a 90 foot tunnel. Al Capone swore to his dying day that a former mobster was haunting him at night and constantly complained of paranormal events in his cell.

As the last of the inmates of the 1970's were transferred out to other local prisons, they complained that the dark shadows seemed to grow as their numbers shrank. They couldn't wait to get the hell out of there.

Several movies have had scenes filmed here, including 12 Monkeys with Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis.

Most of the prison is crumbling, peeling apart and is a mess. It is REALLY SUPER SPOOKY and CREEPY.

Tours are available daily so you can experience it for yourself. Bring your cameras and your digital recorders for an amateur ghost hunt. Odds are you will get something.

This is a typical inmate hood that was used for silence and isolation

A look down an imposing and sinister hallway

Unlike the other dank dark cells, Al Capone lived the life of luxury behind bars.
Lamps, special seating, a desk, a heater. And ghosts...

Eastern State in the 1880's when Philadelphia was still far away and mostly farmland

Have you ever been there? What did you experience?

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