The haunted sheriff’s house and Jail in Crown Point, Indiana.
In the beginning in 1882, the
sheriff’s home was built as a nice gesture for the town’s sheriff. With the
hopes of making it a bit easier for the sheriff, in 1926, a large two-story
brick jail building was added to the home. This way the sheriff could be at home
and still keep an eye on his prisoners. This is when the back part of the
sheriff’s home became known as the Lake County Jail.
John Dillinger made his infamous escape in 1934
from this jail. After his escape, he was killed by Federal officers just outside
Biograph Theater in Chicago.
The jail closed its doors in 1970’s, however; there
are a few that have stayed living at the jail until present day. No one is
exactly sure who is staying behind, maybe a person that was held in the jail, a
guard, or an officer, but many have seen the ghost in various locations.
While touring the jail you may see cell doors open
and close by themselves, hear rattling cell doors as if someone is trying to
open the doors or checking to ensure they are locked, lights turned on and off,
and hear voices or footsteps without a soul walking around.
No other area of the home seems to be haunted
except for the Lake County Jail. The jail can be viewed at 226 South Main
Street, Crown Point, Indiana. Crown Point is in the northwestern corner of
Indiana around 35 miles southeast of Chicago and about 15 miles from Lake
Are you brave enough to visit the old jail
building? If so, you may find that one ghost or many may meet you at the door.
Do not worry; the ghost is sure to save a cell just for you.
Crown Point Sheriff's House
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