Mansfield Reformatory

January 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Haunted Places, Haunted Prisons

There are many places that claim to be haunted and to have paranormal activity, but few can compare to Mansfield Reformatory. Not only does the number of strange occurrences reported make it stand out, but also the large number of individual ghosts that seem to keep reappearing to investigators and visitors.

Construction on Mansfield Reformatory began in 1886, but due to funding problems and delays the building was not ready to house inmates until 1896. Even though the prison was officially open it was not finished. One-hundred and fifty prisoners arrived at the prison and were recruited to help with the final stages of construction. Between the time of its opening at its official closure in 1984 the prison saw more than its fair share of deaths and tragic events.

Tales relating to this prison include the death of a warden, his wife, a nurse, and a number of guards who were killed on a duty. There are also countless prisoners who died, either by their own hand, at the hands of guards or by other prisoners. The prison was also the sight of numerous state executions, that were carried out by the electric chair.

The warden’s room is considered to be one of the most active points of paranormal activity. It was here that the warden’s wife Helen Glattke died under strange circumstances. The official report states that she was reaching into a closet to retrieve a hatbox, when a gun that was hidden behind fell off the shelf and discharged resulting in her death. Rumours that her husband was somehow involved in her death were rampant but no proof of this was ever discovered. Warden Glattke suffered a fatal heart in this same room a number of years later.

Many people claim that they smell strange rose perfume in the warden’s room or that they have caught the scent of cigars, which Warden Glattke was known to smoke. Others report that they have heard the voices of a man and a woman arguing within the office. Inmates often spoke of the feeling that someone was tucking them in at night and many of them believed that this was the ghost of either Helen or the nurse.

Mansfield Reformatory Prison – East Cell Block

The nurse in the Mansfield Reformatory is another abnormally active ghost. She was said to have been killed by an inmate while she was working. People visiting the infirmary will often hear strange sounds, experience equipment failure and/or see orbs drifting around the room. They may also experience drafts and feel cold spots in the room as they pass through.

Another area that is said to have particularly strong energies is the area that was called the hole. The hole is what is more commonly known as solitary confinement. Prisoners who had committed an offence or had broken prison rules were sent here for punishment. There are reports that many an inmate was tortured and died within this small area of the prison. People who have gone into this area report feelings of overwhelming nausea and discomfort. Physics attribute these feelings to the negative energies that linger in this area.

Particularity noteworthy, is the basement of the prison. A ghost of a young boy and a former employee of the prison have been regularly sighted here. Other highly charged areas in the prison include the chapel and the library. Although there is no documentation, it is thought that the chapel was used as an early execution room. Numerous ghosts and misty beings have been sighted lingering in these spots.

Throughout the entire building strange noises and cold regions have been reported. Voices, lights, footsteps and drafts are commonly reported. Equipment failure is a regular occurrence as are drafts and smells. If you are lucky enough to go the Mansfield Reformatory be prepared.. for anything.

Investigation At Mansfield Reformatory Prison 2009

Pictures of a recent tour of The Ohio State Reformatory

Mansfield Reformatory is located at 100 Reformatory Road, Mansfield, Ohio. Take Interstate 71 to the U.S. 30 West exit to State Route 545. Go North on State Route 545 for about ½ mile to left on Reformatory Road.

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12 Responses to “Mansfield Reformatory”

  1. kaz on January 23rd, 2010 4:02 am

    how very sad….I notice this was taken in 2008, I truly hope this beautiful building still remains……..and all its inhabitants…….. both past and present perhaps, I could see it converted into a back packers…… for those who are game enough to stay…….Once it is gone…it is gone forever…a peice of our history…….such a magnificent building, i hope it still stands to this day

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  2. Ashley on February 7th, 2010 9:28 pm

    I work for a prison. I would love to visit this place. They say there is things that happen where I work but I have never expericened them myself. This building is amazing. Ohio is not very far from me I just might have to see this place!!!

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  3. Christy on May 9th, 2010 5:51 pm

    I spent last night in this wonderful place. Its very dusty so if you decide to go pack some allergy medicine. The tour guides are very nice. I had lots of fun and caught a few things unexplained in many photos. This was a 7 hour drive but well worth it. I hope to go back again this year.

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  4. Gloria on October 11th, 2010 10:47 am

    My dad and 3 of my uncles worked here when it was in operation as a prison in the 70’s. It has alot of history for my family, I have not been able to visit it yet, but I hope I can one day soon.

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  5. Briab on October 20th, 2010 11:24 am

    i will be doing the night tour at mandsfield prison for the guost hunting april 2. i am looking forward to do it. i heard it’s well worth doing. the last two years me and a few friends went to moundsville prison.

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  6. opal (dillon) bell on October 21st, 2010 9:45 am

    my dad was an inmate in mansfield from 1955-56 and from storys we hear he was beatin and left in the hole with no food or water for days and left with out health care when it was needed

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  7. Lisa on October 24th, 2010 4:52 pm

    The prison has been deeded to the preservation society and is still there. it has a website and has tours as well as ghost tours. The treachery there was really bad in the first have of the last century. Some of the prisoners were actually gay men arrested for being gay as it was illegal until 1972 in Ohio. Shawshank was filmed there.

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  8. barbara on October 24th, 2010 9:01 pm

    i worked for a security service who had a little building that was built in front of the prison and it was a post were you kept log on who was at other places they would call give location and say everything good had to keep record even talk to gaurds that were closer at other places like hospitals ect patroling in vehicle and had walkie talkies whom had to check in with me also letting me know everything ok i worked third shift all alone i would hear glass break and other stuff would get freaked out sometimes and lock doors until morn when my relief would come in would also make who ever dropped me off for night come back and shine lights down drive when had to walk out to lock gate for night even was apart of the first haunted house done there had my 15 ft burmese python with me

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  9. William Sims on July 19th, 2011 8:11 am

    I am planning to go there and want a gravatar :)

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  10. history day chix on November 9th, 2011 10:29 am

    the information was good, but why do they not put more important info. i mean, the names of the dean and of the people who had a bad fate in that prison. why did the government take so long to cvlose down that reformatory? i just want to know.

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  11. Samantha on July 3rd, 2012 11:22 am

    LOVE going and walking around the Mansfield Reformatory, I’ve been the 3 times in 2 years. It is absolutely beautiful! The cold spots and the noises and the feel of the place excite me. If you ever get the chance to go on a tour take it. It is truly one of my favorite places to visit.

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  12. robert lynn on October 9th, 2014 4:17 pm

    whats every one so scared of don’t be such babies I lived there with real killers that can actually do something to you yes it was awful conditions and you didn’t know if you would be alive from day to day but the whole time I was there never seen a ghost nor is it haunted stop trying to earn money thousands of dollars so one day you can reopen it off of lies and stick people in there to suffer like me its all fake and its all lies you can lock me in there for a week by myself and id be fine when you let me out once agin

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