Ohio State Reformatory is located in Mansfield, Ohio, approximately two hours southeast of the city of Toledo. A prison that is not to far from Toledo, has played a part in famous movies and is also said to be one of the most haunted places in the country. Obviously the movie Shawshank Redemption, can be credited as putting the Reformatory in the spotlight.
Before the construction of the Reformatory, the grounds served as a training camp for union soldiers, fighting in the Civil War.
Construction of the Reformatory, started in November of 1886. An architect by the name of Levi T. Scotfield designed the beautiful victorian/gothic like structure, it stood as a symbol of rebirth for offenders, that would stay their. It was hoped that the offenders would come out as a better person, and able to contribute positively to society. In September of 1896, the first 150 prisoners entered the establishment.
Mansfield spent 94 years as a prison, where it is said 155,000 inmates passed through, and some never got to leave.On the grounds there is a cemetary where 215 inmate graves are. This is not accessible to the public, do to a working prison behind it. There were obvious deaths, especially in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s of diseases such as TB. There was a documented suicide where an inmate had managed to hang himself. Another man, set himself on fire to commit suicide. Of course there was prison violence where an inmate murdered a cellmate. Some prisoners had been put to death by the electric chair as well. There were reports of mistreatment, that guards would beat inmates.
There are even more tragedies beyond this. In the the year 1932 a guard by the name, Frank Hanger was beaten to death, down in solitary confinement. He was beaten with an iron rod by inmates trying to escape.
In 1950, current superintendent Arthur Lewis Glattke and his family were preparing for mass in the superintendents quarters, where his family was housed. His wife Helen knocked a loaded gun off a shelf where it hit the floor and she was struck by a bullet. She died a couple days later in a hospital that was nearby.
Arthur continued as the superintendent of the prison, until February 10, 1959. He ended up suffering a fatal heart attack inside his office, that was in the prison.
As you can see, the prison had a large number of tragic events. One of the reports of paranormal activity, is the sound of cell doors shutting. EVP’s are frequently caught. Solitary confinement has had quite a bit of paranormal activity. Voices are heard, extreme cold spots are felt, people have reported being touched in this area as well. Walking along the cell blocks, people report uneasy feelings, as if there are people watching them from inside the cells. In the prison, it is said female visitors have been pushed or have had their hair pulled.
Another active area is the wardens living area. Many report voices in all of the living quarters area and smelling the perfume of the wardens wife, inside their bathroom.
Paranormal activity has been reported in pretty much all of the prison. You can imagine all the emotions that were bottled inside the cell walls. Anger, frusteration, sadness, and lonliness. All emotions that were felt all too often, may be the reason why this place is a paranormal hot spot.