Investigation Adventures At The Mansfield-Ohio State Reformatory

Front Entrance to the Mansfield/Ohio State Reformatory.
Front Entrance to the Mansfield/Ohio State Reformatory. | Source


On Tuesday, June 21st seven members of the EDPI team drove about an hour south to
investigate the alleged spirit activity at the Mansfield Reformatory. The prison’s main claim to fame is that it was used in the filming of several movies, including the “Shawshank Redemption” and scenes from “Air Force One.” Ruminants of the movies still remain at the prison, and so do the spirits of the men who had been incarcerated there. Although everyone in our group felt a great deal of energy at the prison, no one felt that there was any negative energy there at all. The energy that was felt was more depressing and sad. I have attached some of the photographs that we took while at the Reformatory.


EDPI Team
EDPI Team | Source
Close up of orb in hallway.
Close up of orb in hallway. | Source
Two orbs on other side of glass wall to the West Cell Block
Two orbs on other side of glass wall to the West Cell Block | Source
Close up of moving orb in West Cell Block
Close up of moving orb in West Cell Block | Source
Hallway with three orbs--close up shown in previous photos.
Hallway with three orbs--close up shown in previous photos. | Source
Second level of West Cell Block
Second level of West Cell Block | Source
From lower level of West Cell Block.
From lower level of West Cell Block. | Source

Although the building is impressive from the outside the interior shows it’s age as every room has many layers of peeling lead paint on the ceilings and the walls. The main building was constructed in 1886 and was in operation until 1995, when it was finally closed. During that period over 155,000 men were incarcerated at the prison. The 4’ x 6’ cells held two men, two bunks, a toilet and a sink. The cells were so small that both men could not stand side-by-side next to the top and bottom bunks. The doorways into the cells were less than 2’ wide.

All of our team members had a healthy respect for the law after investigating this site. We found it difficult to believe that anyone could survive living in such horrible conditions for any length of time.

To view the video of our investigation go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsINb9gAO3k

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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Very interesting Christine! You would never think that the inside looks so bad from the outside photo. I live fairly close and have never seen the reformatory. Really great pics!

Sharyn


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Christine B. 5 years ago from Medina, Ohio Author

Thanks, Sharyn... it is a very interesting place... and very sad. You really get a sense of how horrible the living conditions were for these men.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

Enjoyed your hub. Looks so spooky that it looks like something will jump right out of your photos.


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Christine B. 5 years ago from Medina, Ohio Author

That's how it felt... the paint was peeling off everything... very strange feeling in this place... but not negative at all--more depressing and sad.

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