Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania
Dedicated to public service in 1829, the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is not only one of the most haunted locations in the United States, but in the world as well. Located on Fairmount Ave, the ESP saw its last prisoner leave through the doors in 1971. Though founded with the notion of reform instead of punishment by utilizing the separate incarceration methods developed at the Walnut Street Jail, ESP was still a vicious and gruesome experience for those prisoners who survived to tell the tale.
Currently on the US register as a National historic landmark, ESP’s history is open to the public not only for daily tours, but also for paranormal research and investigation and has been utilized by several reputable teams with positive identification results. Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, as well as MTV’s Fear have all placed teams on the grounds with claims to have collected substantial evidence of paranormal activity.
Other Notables from ESP
A trip to Philadelphia with the proper ghost hunting equipment will not result in a waste of time, as spectral analysis results and thermal image captures are often successful for the well-outfitted hunter. Not only is the official record of the prison filled with sighting, they are corroborated by some of the most infamous figures in American crime such as Willie Sutton, who actually led a successful escape in order to flee the haunting he witnessed, and American crime boss Al Capone.
Researchers believe that the unique architectural design and splayed grounds are the focal point for local paranormal activity, driving spirits to shift and reside within the abandoned walls of the prison. Lack of nearby development due to unusual sightings has let the grounds surrounding the prison become wild and abandoned, with trees breaking though the wall’s exteriors to take root in the jail cells themselves in some locations.
Current Paranormal Research at Eastern State Penitentiary
2004 saw the first professional investigation of paranormal activity in ESP with the Atlantic Paranormal Society capturing digital film footage of spectral movement and formations. In 2007, a team specially formed by Most Haunted Live placed equipment as well as observers throughout the prison facility and ground with uninterrupted seven hour surveillance, capturing thermal images and collecting readings that again pointed to the extensive haunting activities of the facility.
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