Old Licking County Jail

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The Old Licking County Jail building, constructed in 1889, has an eerie castle-like appearance reminiscent of the Tower of London. In its day it housed many a notorious murderer and serial killer. It was here that Carl Etherington, a Dry-Agent Detective, was once held in a cell for his protection against an angry lynch mob. But the protection offered by the jail proved ineffective. The mob stormed the entrance and rammed it down to get to Etheridge, who was beaten to death with a hammer before they dragged him out and hanged him from a telegraph pole. Witnesses say the jail is haunted by apparitions, electronic voice phenomena, and more, much of which has been recorded. At least 15 deaths have occurred here in the prison’s 100-year history.

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Geographic Information

46 S. 3rd St.
Newark, OH
United States

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40.05622870023443, -82.40144227446763
Licking County, Ohio
Nearest Towns:
Newark, OH (0.1 mi.)
Heath, OH (3.2 mi.)
Marne, OH (5.0 mi.)
Granville, OH (6.3 mi.)
Amsterdam, OH (6.9 mi.)
Granville South, OH (7.4 mi.)
Hanover, OH (7.6 mi.)
Hebron, OH (8.1 mi.)
Saint Louisville, OH (8.1 mi.)
Harbor Hills, OH (8.4 mi.)


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