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Haunted Places: Preston Castle
Preston Castle in Ione, California is a phenomenal structure. It also was and still is a dark place. Preston Castle housed out of control juveniles who committed crimes from burglary to murder. It also housed children that were abandoned by their parents. Today, it appears that some of the juveniles are still serving time in the afterlife.
Just like Bobby Mackey’s, there is a sign outside the entrance of Preston Castle. It says “Keep out. This building is extremely dangerous and has been condemned. No one is allowed to enter without written permission.” As a ghost hunter, you just got to love those kinds of signs!
First built in 1890, Preston Castle began it’s construction. Sitting on top of a mountain, it definitely looks like it owns the land it continues to sit on to this day. On July 1,1894, Preston Castle opened it’s doors. It housed juveniles from the ages of 12-24 years old. Since these young men either broke the law or didn’t have any parents to teach them any discipline, there were plenty fights that took place at the castle. It was just like a prison, except there were young boys in it instead of grown men. One of the riots occurred because one of the boys was stabbed. Incidents also occurred outside of Preston around the farming area. In 1965, the agricultural teacher was killed on the farm. It is believed he was murdered by two wards. The teacher asked them to stay and help him with work around the farm and they took a led pipe and beat him in the back of the head.
The infirmary is one of the most active parts of Preston Castle. Roses have been left there when no body has been in the building. It has also been reported that there is a large shadow figure in this room. A group called Ghost Trackers has caught this apparition.
One of the main ghosts that haunts the castle is Samuel Goins. He attempted to escape from Preston three times. On the third time, he was escaping with a juvenile named Joe Lopez and was shot in the back. He was 19 years old when he died. There is a cemetery that’s near by the castle where both of their bodies are buried. He is said to be the one that taunts the living. There are 23 graves at the cemetery. This cemetery was made because no body claimed their bodies, so it was made so that juveniles that lost their lives at Preston Castle could rest.
One of the ghosts that you’re almost certain to encounter is Anna Corbin. She was the housekeeper of Preston Castle. On February 23, 1950, Anna Corbin was brutally murdered in the basement of Preston. When she was found, there was a pool of blood around her and a cord tied around her neck. People say that her face wasn’t recognizable. To this day, the murder of Anna Corbin is an unsolved case. The room where Anna Corbin lived is one of the castles paranormal hot spots. People have reported partial possessions in this room and they believe that she is the one that channels through them. The most notable incident happened on Ghost Adventures, when Zak Bagans left flowers for Corbin where she was killed. Later on in the episode, he went to her room all by himself. Nick and Aaron were looking for him and when they found him, it was obvious that Zak wasn’t himself.
Last but not least, demonic scratchings have taken place at the castle. It seems to be a normal thing at this place. People taking tours here have been scratched and have had blood drawn to the surface. Fun stuff! Preston Castle may no longer be active in the physical world, but it’s definitely still active in the paranormal world.