Eastern State Penitentiary
|Address||2027, Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19130|
|Location||United States, Philadelphia|
|Activity reported||Haunting, Shadow Figures|
History of Eastern State Penitentiary
The LocksmithOne of the creepiest things to happen in the building was to a locksmith who was doing some repairs to Cell Block 4. He removed a 140-year-old lock from a door. As he did so, an enormous force passed over him and he couldn’t move. Pained faces appeared on the wall, and strange, distorted shapes flashed around the cell block. The locksmith said there was one dominant form that seemed to invite him towards it. Apparently, his experience affected him for many years. He described having something akin to an out-of-body experience, and he felt drawn to the negative energy that was in front of him. Some people believe the locksmith opened some sort of gateway to the past, and gave the spirits trapped there a way to get out.
Hauntings in Cell Block 12Cell Block 12 is believed to be haunted by a ghost. Witnesses describe him as being a very dark, human-like figure, who stands still and quiet – until you get too close, whereupon he disappears. Each person who has seen him reports a sense of malevolence and anger emanating from him, with some saying they felt physically sick after their experience. Other reports from Cell Block 12 include the sound of someone laughing quietly. Some people have said they have heard whispering.
Shadows, Figures, Cold Spots and VoicesVisitors have said they have been convinced they have seen shadows or apparitions out of the corner of their eyes. These shadows would dart away and disappear into other cells. A number of volunteers at the prison have reported seeing figures walking along the corridors – when there is no one else in the building… The Death Row area of the prison has also had its fair share of sightings, as has the guard tower. The figure who haunts the guard tower is thought to be a man who was murdered by an inmate while on duty. This man doesn’t move or do anything, but just stands there, guarding the prison even in death… Others working inside the prison have mentioned cold spots that they can’t explain, and hearing weird noises coming from inside the prison, even when it is empty. People have heard footsteps or the sound of someone sobbing coming from inside closed cells. Some people have even recorded strange voices and Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) during their visit, and said they have found orbs and weird shapes in their photographs that they are at a loss to explain.
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