EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY
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The story of Eastern State penitentiary.
The Eastern State
penitentiary is currently kept in a state of preserved ruin and is
considered to be of the United States' most haunted structures.
The former prison
credited to John Haviland is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
and was designed to house two hundred and fifty inmates each in
solitary confinement in their own cells. A then revolutionary
concept of punishment by solitary confinement was first put into
practice here when it was opened in 1829 Colonial America. The
prevailing system in those days laid emphasis on physical
punishment. This 'separate system' inspired by Quaker-esque thought
this pioneering concept in the field of incarceration was supposed
to encourage prisoners to meditate upon their sins and criminal
activities and possible spiritual atonement. This was hugely
unsuccessful as more than helping inmates reflect on their deeds
sans distractions it drove many to distraction. Mental illness was
believed to have sprung up as a result.
The penitentiary quickly mutated into an
over crowded jail with the number of prisoners going far beyond two
hundred and fifty and touching up to one thousand seven hundred at a
personality, Charles Dickens, has visited the prison, though not as
an inmate. Infamous prisoners the penitentiary has housed include Al
Capone (according to legend harassed while incarcerated by the ghost
of one of the victims of his St Valentine's day Massacre, James
Clark) and Willie Sutton (involved in a highly successful prison
break from the penitentiary along with twelve inmates).
With passions here running high, emotions
and depression abounding it is no surprise that people claim the
prison is haunted.
Shadowy apparitions that scuttle away have
been reported especially in cell number six where a shadowy figure
apparently slithers down a wall. The guard tower is said to be
haunted by something that appropriately enough appears to be
standing guard. Cell number four has witnessed apparently genuine
sightings of ghostlike faces. Sounds of ominous laughter have been
reported to issue from cell number twelve.
To add to which most cell blocks are not
open to visitors during tours of the Penitentiary so it's hard to
ascertain for oneself whether the stories are true or just fanciful
Eastern State Penitentiary
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