Monday, June 29, 2009

Mansfield Reformatory - Mansfield, Ohio - scores 5/6

This famously haunted prison's cornerstone was laid in 1886. The doors were closed on this prison in 1990. It houses the world's largest free-standing steel cell block.

This site scores this:
1. Older than 50 years.
2. Land is limestone/shale.
3. Lots of death/trauma.
4. Near a railroad track.
5. Constructed of stone.

Are you noticing a lot of high scores so far? There is a disproportionate amount of them scoring 5 and 6. So, where there's smoke, perhaps there is fire. People seem to know haunted places when they encounter them. There's a big divide between that and places like the Hollywood Sign and Chateau Marmont Hotel where one would romantically impart spirits when conditions actually weren't right for them to occur.

Keep following and we might find some more surprises in the last of my list of 50 places. Once I'm done showing you the results of the first sweep of research, we can do a little scale showing the percentage that had certain features. From there, I hope to go on to study for hard proof people have collected of hauntings and compare it to the types of haunting and the physicality. Together, we might uncover some interesting trends. Thanks for your input. I really like to see objective folks reading these findings and coming to conclusions that might help further the research.


  1. Thank you for your comment. At the moment it felt like you were right here. I can n't tell you how much it meant to me.
    This is a beautiful building! I would never guess what it was.

  2. You're right, the intention of the building was to "reform" people so they had an architect build it with that in mind. The inside huge cellblock is quite amazing. I can't imagine what it would be like to stand in that many floors of steel bars going up and up and up, but my mindset doing the research is that much metal might be quite impressive psychically speaking...

  3. I'm loving this series you're doing. You should collect them all and put them into a book format! Make it like a tour guide by region or something.

  4. Moxie;
    Thanks. I started it out of my own curiosity because I kept noticing things when I went to haunted sites that correlate. They became "familiar" to me when I first arrived and I wondered why. Now, I'm having loads of people telling me to turn it into a book. I think it has potential, but it's rather daunting--to do a book I'd have to do so much documentation and a bibliography (I was an English major--but I still hate doing them!) Hee hee. I think I'll see what the findings show and then I can easily go back and do a more detailed documentation. I really think it would be great for the ghost hunting world to have a shortcut to know if a place is worth researching or not. I'm all pins and needles myself waiting to see what the results show. I have about 10-11 more places to list over the next week and then I'm on to the next phase. Wish me luck!