San Francisco, CA is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Alcatraz Federal Prison. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
Located in the mystical San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island and Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary have been cited (by many notable resources) as one of the most haunted places in America. Another banner that decorates this creepy property is one of the most haunted prisons in the entire country. But this phantasmic phenomenon has captured this prison long before it was built. Native Americans noted and reputed the evil spirits they purportedly encountered on the island long before it became a federal prison. Mark Twain once wrote about the eerie atmosphere of the Alcatraz after visiting it. He intuitively described it as "being as cold as winter, even in the summer months." Formerly off-limits to the public for many years, Alcatraz is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in San Francisco, particularly when it comes to those interested in the things that go bump in the night. Alcatraz Island has a long and dark history.
Serving as a military fortification and then a maximum-security prison, the island is host to countless ghosts and supernatural occurrences.
Celebrity Haunts? You bet! Al Capone has certainly made his presence here since he was one of the first inmates to occupy the Rock. They celebrate his status by allocating his cell as the only one kept preserved with his belonging. It is displayed as he left it. You might say, he’s a bit of Alcatraz’s forever celebrities! He’s made himself known with his disembodied whispers, apparitions and even the sound of his spectral banjo music! For you see, Capone received a banjo from his wife which he played all day in his cell.
Besides the music heard from his cell, the other place it is heard is in the shower room. Al preferred to stay in the shower room, where he found comfort and safety from others. And yes, he played his strings there.
And, double yes, the strumming of his banjo is also reported coming from the shower room! Haunts are not exclusive to Capone! Reports of disembodied whispers, mysterious cold spots, slamming doors, moaning, unexplained footsteps, screams, a woman crying, strange music, floating lights, clanking chains, and unforgiving apparitions are commonly experienced at The Rock. And then there are the red eyes! Red eyes made their presence known here from the day of its inception.
Any person who was incarcerated or worked at Alcatraz and was unlucky enough to experience the Red Eyes would find their gruesome demise soon. This paranormal phenomenon is a staple in Cell 14D. History reveals one inmate in this block claimed to have seen glowing red eyes in the dark and screamed for hours. The guards ignored him, attributing to temporary psychosis. He was found dead the following morning with a purple face, bulging eyes, and unidentified strangle marks around his throat. The cause of death was reported as strangulation, but by whom?
Oh yes, this cell is always icy cold even during the summer. No wonder the Rock continues to seduce many paranormal investigators to hunt its large property. This property was featured on a variety of paranormal television shows, including on episodes of Ghost Adventures, Ghost Lab, Dead Files, Scariest Places on Earth and Ghost Hunters.
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