The Eastern State Penitentiary hardly needs an introduction nowadays. Dubbed one of the most haunted state prisons in the nation, this building has seen its fair share of horrors. Not only did this institution first implement solitary confinement, it once held Al Capone. Some say solitary confinement induced mental illness on prisoners.
It was built in 1829 where solitary confinement was prescribed to every single inmate. Guards also treated inmates horrifically by torturing them and covering their heads with hoods outside of the cells. Guards would tie prisoners extremely tight to the “the mad chair” which would cut off circulation causing amputations.
Prisoners were housed in tiny cells where they ate, slept, and exercised alone in tiny individual yards. The worst of the prisoners would end up locked in a pitch-black underground cell with very little air they called “the hole.” They were deprived of light and human contact when they were in there. After 142 years of use, Eastern State Penitentiary was closed in 1971 and was completely abandoned. Although it’s nothing but crumbling cellblocks and empty towers now, tours are still available everyday to the public.
Reports of paranormal activity include:
Shadowy figures that seem to quickly turn away when approached
A dark figure that is occasionally seen in the guard tower
An evil cackling is heard coming from cellblock 12
Shadowy figures have been seen sliding down walls in cellblock 6
Ghostly faces have been witnessed in cellblock 4
And strange sounds such as disembodied footsteps, distant talking, and banging of cell doors have also been heard