Paranormal Corner: Eerie experiences at Eastern State Penitentiary
On March 20, the first day of spring, I took a trip over the Ben Franklin Bridge to my second favorite place on Earth — Eastern State Penitentiary (Walt Disney World being my first favorite.)
I got to check out the historic site’s new exhibits for the 2013 season including a look at rare artifacts collected over the years, and a visit to a hole in the wall of cell 68 in cellblock seven where 12 inmates tried to escape in 1945.
While it’s exciting to see the Pen’s new exhibits, what makes ESP my second favorite place on Earth is the feeling I get as I walk through the crumbling cellblocks.
Thousands of prisoners spent time locked away at this beautiful landmark while it was a functioning prison from 1829 to 1970.
Many served their time and were released, while many also lost their lives while incarcerated there.
Walking through the now-empty cellblocks, it’s hard to imagine the violence and turmoil that once took place at this now peaceful historic location — that is, until you turn the lights out.
In November 2011, I had the privilege of joining Kris Williams of “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Hunters International” on a paranormal investigation of Eastern State Penitentiary.
Armed with my K2 meter (which measures fluctuations in electromagnetic fields) and my digital voice recorder, I headed into cellblock 10 with Kris and approximately six guests to kick off our paranormal investigation.
We stayed in cellblock 10 for about an hour, but all was quiet — no K2 hits and no EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon) captured on my digital recorder
Next, I joined Aaron Sagers of paranormalpopculture.com in cellblock 4.
Never before my experience in cellblock 4 or since then, have I been “scared” during an investigation.
Immediately upon entering the long, dark cellblock, I felt creeped out. The air felt heavy and unpleasant.
After we were settled in, Aaron asked us all to choose a cell and sit down on the step in front of it with our backs to the small, dark chamber.
Almost as soon as I sat down, I felt something touch my back just above my waist.
Thinking it was my jacket falling into place, I reached back to fix it.
My jacket was in place. It wasn’t my jacket I had felt.
I popped up quickly and moved from in front of the door. There was no way I was sitting in front of that cell.
I calmed myself down and eventually moved back over to stand in front of the cell.
About an hour into the investigation, I heard what sounded like someone making an agreement sound, “Mmm, hmm.”
I asked if it had been anyone living and it hadn’t. Later, while listening to my digital voice recorder, the voice was captured, but is still unexplained.
We finally concluded our investigation in cellblock 4, but before we left, Aaron told us a little story about the area.
An inmate beat a guard to death in cellblock 4 because he thought the guard was putting something in his food. In actuality, the guard was putting vitamins into the prisoner’s food to keep him healthy.
After he beat the guard to death, the prisoner laid down for a nap.
Maybe this was the reason I was so freaked out in that cellblock.
Though I’ve visited ESP many times during the day and for Terror Behind the Walls — the Halloween haunted house fund raiser for the historic site — this was my only time investigating there.
However, I’m hoping to return very soon with Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society.
As paranormal investigators, we do what we do free of charge. We look into possible hauntings and try to help people reach a comfort level or offer solutions to problems because we love what we do.
While this is very rewarding, it leaves us with not much of a budget.
Incredible places such as Eastern State Penitentiary charge for investigations, sometimes large fees. In an effort to raise funds to investigate these places and to also purchase the equipment needed to conduct investigations, JUMPS has started an online donation campaign at indiegogo.com.
Anyone interested in helping can go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/jersey-uniqu ... ocumentary to donate. Also, visit www.jumps.2fear.com to keep up with our investigations and additional upcoming fund raisers.
Source: http://www.nj.com/indulge/index.ssf/201 ... ences.html