Eastern State Penitentiary – Ten Most Haunted Places
At the time of its construction it was said to be the most expensive buildings in the US. It was opened in 1829 and remained in operation until 1913. Supposedly a revolutionary concept in prisons, it took the idea of solitary confinement to the absolute extreme. This prison drove many of its inmates mad with its strict rules and methods of correction which often lead to an inmates death.
One of the oldest tales about the prison is that of a locksmith who was brought in to open a door. It is said that when he pulled out the key he unlocked the realm of the spirits. He claims to have had an out of body experience where he saw the faces of hundreds of tortured spirits.
Typical Eastern State Penitentiary Jail Cell
A mock-up of what a cell was like during Eastern State Penitentiary’s days.
Al Capone’s Eastern State Penitentiary Jail Cell
An inside picture of Al Capone’s cell as it exists today at Eastern State Penitentiary.
Night Visitors At Eastern State Penitentiary
An excellent documentary, featuring a rare interview with the Eastern State locksmith, and ghost witness, Gary Johnson. Eastern State Penitentiary now hosts a massive haunted house, ranked No. 6 in the Nation by AOL.
America’s Ghost Hunters at Eastern State Penitentiary
The Learning Channel (TLC) investigates ghost sightings at Eastern State Penitentiary.