The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was first opened in 1829 and operated for more than 140 years until 1971. The now closed building is considered to be one of the most haunted places in America.
Known for its unique and expensive architecture, the Eastern State Penitentiary became an example for over 300 other prisons throughout the whole country at the time. The prison was the first to use a one-of-a-kind system based on solitary confinement forcing the inmates to look in their souls and find God. Unfortunately, that very system that forbade inmates of any social contact whatsoever drove many of them into madness and desperation.
There were numerous cases of suicide, disease and torture in the prison’s 142-year history. Probably this is why it’s easy to imagine the roaming ghostly souls of deceased prisoners inside the eerie building. The prison is considered by paranormal investigators to serve as a hub for trapped souls in the underworld. There are plenty of cases in which visitors reported hearing spooky sounds, cracking of windows and seeing ghostly faces throughout the cell blocks.
The Eastern State Penitentiary has been featured multiple times in various TV programs and is currently opening its doors as an attraction for thrill seekers.