Ohio State Reformatory

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The prison, defunct since 1990, was the setting for the movie The Shawshank Redemption. It has been used as a setting or featured on many other movies, music videos and TV programs, including Ghost Adventures. Witnesses have experienced shadow figures, slamming cell doors and yelling voices, and female witnesses claim to have been victims of physical attacks by the spirits who linger in this place.

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    Geographic Information

    Olivesburg Road
    Mansfield, Ohio
    United States

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    40.78478399999999, -82.50291900000002
    Richland County, Ohio
    Nearest Towns:
    Lincoln Heights, OH (1.3 mi.)
    Mansfield, OH (1.9 mi.)
    Ontario, OH (4.9 mi.)
    Lucas, OH (7.1 mi.)
    Mifflin, OH (7.3 mi.)
    Lexington, OH (8.4 mi.)
    Shelby, OH (10.7 mi.)
    Ashland, OH (11.3 mi.)
    Bellville, OH (11.4 mi.)
    Crestline, OH (12.2 mi.)


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    1. I have only been here twice. Upon my first visit, nothing occurred other than feelings of being watched (easily debunked, as history and expectations lingered.) During my second visit, something bumped into me as if going down the front central staircase. Not enough to move me; however, it was very apparent to me and those with me. Over twenty living present, proving they are not very timid.

    2. Have visited OSR twice, the first trip, we meet and had an interaction with Helen, the Wardens wife who died in November of 1950. she was shot while reaching for an item on the top shelf of her closet, a gun that was placed there by her husband fell, and discharged. The bullet struck her in the chest, she was rushed to the hospital, where she died the next day. We know this because Helen told me when we sat in her room and begun an EVP session. we also captured a mist that took human form, on one of the tiers in the cell block.

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