Sep 06, 2007
No Need to Fake the Feeling at Eastern State Penitentiary
(Philadelphia: March, 2007) There have been dozens of reported ghost sightings at Eastern State Penitentiary. The historic site’s website (www.EasternState.org/ghosts) features extensive television, video, and website links that purport to document real paranormal activity inside the 179-year old prison.
The penitentiary has been featured on The Travel Channel’s Most Haunted Live, Fox Television’s Worldâ€™s Scariest Places, TLC’s America’s Ghost Hunters, and MTV’s FEAR. Footage captured on the second tier of Cellblock Twelve by paranormal investigators during filming of The Sci-Fi Channel’s is perhaps the most controversial ghost sighting of the past ten years. There are dozens of websites devoted to analyzing the footage.
Eastern State Penitentiary is also featured in many books about the paranormal, including Ghost Stories of Pennsylvania and Ghostly Tales from America’s Jails. In Philadelphia Ghost Stories, Charles Adams III, describes a 1994 ghost sighting by Eastern State Penitentiary’s volunteer locksmith:
“...he was removing a 140-year old lock from the door of an abandoned cell, when he encountered an energy so incredible and so powerful that to this day, he shudders when he recalls his introduction to the ghosts of Eastern State Penitentiary”
“In a typical year, maybe two dozen paranormal investigations take place in the penitentiary cellblocks,” said Assistant Program Director Brett Bertolino. “They almost always find evidence of activity. Sometimes they even get scared.”
Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls, presented by LUKOIL, has been consistently ranked as one of the “Top 10 Haunted Houses in the United States” by the Travel Channel, AOL City Guide and HauntWorld Magazine. It runs September 21 to November 3, 2007.