Eastern State Penitentiary was established in 1829 on the outskirts of Philadelphia as the model for penitentiaries worldwide. It now sits surrounded by homes and small businesses, crumbling slowly, a silent witness to human history both inside its echoing hallways and outside its walls as well.
The prison when built in 1829 was state-of-the-art, revolutionary and the most expensive in the world.
In operation from 1829 to 1971, thousands passed through the large gates in the 142 years it was in operation. The prisoners included some notorious criminals like Al Capone and bank robber William "Slick Willie" Sutton. Sutton, in fact, was part of a 1945 jailbreak. He and 11 other prisoners built a tunnel they thought would carry them to freedom. Instead, within months after the well-planned escape, all 12 inmates who broke out were caught and returned. Slick Willie was captured just 3 minutes after breaking free.
Now, the storied facility stands in ruin. Cell blocks, once the only walls the prisoners would see for most of their days incarcerated, are now crumbling and reduced to dusty piles. The walls, once kept pristine by inmates, are now peeling plaster.
Some guards and prisoners are shocked when they return to the place where they once spent so much time. The old timers come back and the former prisoners come back, they say it is kind of heartbreaking because the building they remember was meticulously cared for, every little square inch every day.
Eastern State Penitentiary operated from right after the American Revolution until the Vietnam War. With generation after generation passing through, and over 1,000 people dying inside the prison walls, some violently, many believe it’s haunted. It's been called “one of the most haunted locations in the world.”
Even if you don't believe in ghosts, if there's any spot that's likely to be haunted it would be here.
Source - FoxNews
Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance writer and paranormal researcher.
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