mansfield  july 2009

  • Mansfield Cell Response0:10

This is a very interesting capture.  It occurred immediately after turning on the audio recorder when Lisa Krick, Joey Tito, Nicole Tito, and Rosemary Ellen Guiley were setting up equipment inside a cell on the 5th floor to begin an EVP session. 

After Nicole Tito says this is 5th floor and Lisa and Rosemary were laughing, you will hear a robotic voice that sounds like, "Damn you," or "Daniel," that we did not hear in real time. 

The Ohio State Reformatory (OSR), more lovingly known as Mansfield, is located in Mansfield, Ohio.  It is a Romanesque style building which is often mistakenly referred to as a Germanic Castle style of architecture.  The OSR was built by Schnitzer from 1886 - 1910.  She was ordered by the federal government to close her doors in 1990.  However, the building was still used for a number of films (Shawshank Redemption, Tango and Cash, Air Force One), TV shows (Scariest Places on Earth, 101 Things to do Before You Die, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures), and music videos (Lil Wayne, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson).

While most of the support buildings and outer wall have been demolished since its closure, an unmarked cemetery still sits behind the building and the building itself boasts the largest free standing steel cell block in the world at six tiers high. 

There have been over 200 reported deaths within the prison.  Perhaps this accounts for the vast number of haunted areas?  The administrative wing is said to be haunted by a warden and his wife.  Rumor has it that the chapel was once an execution room as is inundated with tortured souls.  The infirmary, where many have died, has people scratching their heads when feeling gushes of unexplained air pass by them.  The basement is said to be haunted by a 14 year old boy who was beaten to death.  George, a former employee at the prison is also said to haunt the basement.  In the Library, visitors have seen an apparition of a woman thought to be a nurse who was killed by one of the inmates.  The cellblocks are haunted by the spirits of prisoners who have died there.  And finally, the hole, again in the basement, was a place where prisoners who broke the rules were kept in one of 20 cells.  The prisoners would be kept in the dark, dank, roach infested cells with one or more inmates, little to eat, and not a comfortable place to lay their heads.  Many prisoners died in the hole and visitors now sometimes are overwhelmed with feelings of nausea, chills, bad smells, feelings of being watched and sometimes even being touched or whispered to.