Philadelphia, PA is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Eastern State Penitentiary. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
Although the intentions of prison reformers in the early 1800's was to issue an environment that led to penitent rehabilitation, isolation can do strange things to a person. Even when prisoners were allowed the few hours of the day to exercise their legs they were forced to wear sacks over their heads (eye holes were not added until the early 1900's)
142 years is a long time and Eastern State Penitentiary was accepting and holding prisoners for that entire time. In the 1920's and 1930's, one of the hardest Wardens came through Eastern State Penitentiary. With his cruel reign prisoners were introduced to forms of torture like the ice cold water baths, being strapped immobile to chairs for days on end and forced starvation.
Anything bad you can think of happened within its walls, so it’s no surprise that it’s highly haunted. Almost every cell block has some sort of strange, unusual, supernatural occurrence.
Full-bodied apparitions have been seen wandering aimlessly and sightlessly still adorning the sack over their heads. Other dark presences said to still be lurking the hallways are those of the more notorious inmates that served time in the prison. From Alphonse "Scarface" Capone to William "Blackie" Zupkoski, the former residents make up a melee of murders, mobsters and bank robbers. Would you want to run into one of these guys in the dark?!?
History Credit: Ghost Hunts USA
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