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New Mexico State Penitentiary

New Mexico State Penitentiary

Santa Fe, New Mexico
87505 USA

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Santa Fe, NM is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, New Mexico State Penitentiary. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.


This maximum-security prison was the site of the most violent prison riot in American history. Twelve guards were taken hostage, and the inmates took complete control of the prison. By the time the authorities regained control of the situation, 33 inmates had died (killed because they were informants). Hundreds more of the inmates were injured. The twelve guards were spared, but most sustained serious injuries. Here, men were murdered, some tortured and even dismembered. In fact, there are hatchet marks still there, reminding all of one brutal beheading that took place.


The most notable of the reported phenomena is the observation of a human-shaped shadow. The accounts start in 1981 and have continued into the present day. They have been seen by corrections officers as well as members of the New Mexico National Guard. Unexplained noises can be heard, including loud cell door slamming shut. If you want to go straight to where there is more phenomenon activity, to Cell Blocks 3 and 4. The Toolroom and laundry room is also known for having impressive spectral occurrences.

So haunted is this place, in 2012 Travel Channel's Dead Files and My Ghost Story featured this spectral habitat. 




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This property, as part of our network, has been added for they may have history, validation or folk tales of having spirited activities. Please take caution in approaching and visiting these locations, since courtesy, respect, and caution should be a top priority in every Haunted Investigator's style. Also, do realize, some of these places may have permanently closed, changed ownership and/or names, or just are not available for your visits. Please respect this. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided on this listing, but offer it as a first step in finding your next haunted travel destination. Please do confirm with the property before making any plans to visit. If you visit, tour or investigate this property (or any of our properties), we are not responsible or held liable for any outcomes, lack of evidence or injuries associated with your travels. This is only for entertainment purposes, and information provided is only as found in public domains (or as offered by the associated contributor (as a claimed property).

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Date added: Jan/24/2017 | Last time updated: Mar/23/2020
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