by Mark E. Schrull
10/28/14 Mansfield – Definitely haunted, the following photographs were taken by me while touring the prison with my wife and grandchildren this past summer. I captured floating orbs which suddenly appeared and then just as quickly disappeared. As if the Mansfield prison isn’t scary enough with its rusted bars and abandoned cell blocks, we also experienced movements out of the corner of our eyes, slamming doors, and unexplained voices. None of the following photographs have been altered or edited in any way except rotated and adjusted for size.
Our tour began through the old living quarters of the warden and the administration offices. I found these sections a bit boring but soon enough the tour goes into the prison where the inmates were housed. Built in 1896, the 6 tiered East cell block is the largest known structure of its kind.
The cells are very small and a cat walk with steel flooring travels the length of the building on each level. Everything is old and decaying which creates a creepy atmosphere. I can only imagine what life must have been like for the poor souls who lived their lives out in these cells. Most cells are open and you can enter them if you like. The bars still move on rollers.
Very few areas were off limits. As we entered the old infirmary, a metal door slammed shut within the area. Upon inspection we couldn’t find any reason or explanation of how or why the door closed. It really scared the heck out of us as we weren’t expecting it.
In the shower area I felt the hair on the back of my neck stand on end and I could swear I heard water running. I also heard a man’s voice laughing.
Here is where I captured the first of several orbs with my camera. In the first shot, there are no orbs. But in the second photograph orbs suddenly appear. In the third photograph there were even more orbs. Keep in mind these are all taken in succession with the same camera, the same flash, and the same lens with out adjustment.
This shot below is even more profound as the orbs are more defined and have color throughout. They lend depth to the shot as well. Remember, you can click on any photo in this article to enlarge and inspect.
It was a great experience and a great time. We were all fascinated and enjoyed ourselves very much. If you visit or pass through the Mansfield, Ohio area in the future, be sure to check out the Ohio State Reformatory Museum.
The prison address is 100 Reformatory Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44905. It is located just north of Interstate 30, off of State Route 545. During the summer the prison is open for self guided tours which is what we took while our grandchildren were visiting. At the end of summer, the prison closes and During the Halloween season, the prison becomes one of Ohio’s most famous and scary haunted houses this year titled Haunted Prison Experience II.
Apparently it is too scary for those under 13 and they are not allowed without exception.