The Loneliest Prison on Earth is Haunted
There is no other haunted destination on the planet quite like Alcatraz Island. Surrounded by waters with swift currents and freezing temperatures, no living soul desired to live among the rocky barren land labeled early on by the Spaniards as the "Island of Pelicans." Referred to as the "Rock" by the more than one-thousand prisoners who crossed her path, the penitentiary was no play date for those who met with the brutal circumstances that offered very little privilege and plenty of punishment to those staying there.
Alcatraz Island is located in the heavily fog covered bay, just barely over a mile from San Francisco. There are several buildings grouped along the stretch of island, mimicking a small town. The collection of buildings include the warden's home, a lighthouse, military posts, a water tower, Civil War-era buildings, and an electric repair shop that surround the main prison that was once a disciplinary Army barracks for military personnel on what was once known as Fort Alcatraz.
Convicted Army soldiers were sent to Alcatraz as early as 1860. The inmates dealt with grueling conditions while building the prison into the future notorious beast that she eventually became famous for. The prison was considered to be ideal for rehabilitating dangerous offenders, but in reality it was a living nightmare filled with a deeply saturated history of injury, illness and death, buried behind cold, locked steel doors, nestled inside hardened stench ladened confines where prisoners endured severe conditions that weren't fit for the toughest of men.
Alcatraz was acquired by the Department of Justice in 1933, and the very next year the island became a federal prison. The design of Alcatraz was configured to hold hardcore trouble-making prisoners who were considered dangerous. The majority of the inmates were transferred in from other federal prisons around the U.S. Most had prior histories of being escapees. The extreme lockdown at Alcatraz all but guaranteed that the prisoners would no longer be a danger to society.
Methodical routines overseen by hardened guards, the prisoners were given the minimal rights of food, clothing, showers once a week, doctor visits, and a private cell with a fold up bunk, toilet, desk and a chair, the 4X8 cells were reminiscent of living in hell. The first three months of life at Alcatraz included living in the "quarantine status of the second tier of "B" block. Fame had no bearing when it came to prison life at Alcatraz. Everyone from the "Birdman" and George "Machine Gun" Kelly to Arthur "Doc" Barker and Al Capone found themselves tied to the confines of the institution built on rocks in the middle of hell. Gangsters, outlaws, murderers, and public enemy #1 were all residents at the penitentiary they soon knew as home.
The "Hole" was the place where severe beatings by the guards took place for the inmates nineteen day stay where physical and psychological torture was the plan. Al Capone stayed in the "Hole" three different times during his four year sentence. The "Strip Cell" offered similar conditions, with the exception that the inmates were given a hole in the floor to relieve themselves and no food or drinks for their two-day stay.
The rule of silence was not one that was handled well by the prisoners. The outcome in the end for the majority of the inmates was insanity. Alcatraz closed it's doors in 1963, but it left a mark in history that is hard to ignore. Beatings, murders, battles, inhumane conditions, attempted escapes, and the possibility of a successful escape plan have made it one of the most talked about prisons and the subject of movies, books and a popular tourist destination still today.
The loneliest prison on earth has long been rumored as being a hot spot for paranormal occurrences. Traumatic experiences are often a prime reason for reoccurring and intelligent hauntings. Ghosts, apparitions, phantom soldiers, and other spectral entities were witnessed by guards, the more than 300 people living on the island, and by the prisoners. The eerie foghorns in the distance, cold winds and isolation from the rest of the world made even the soundest of men go insane, possibly leading to the phantom spirit soldiers watching over the tortured criminals.
Many of the prisoners and guards complained about unexplained phenomenon, rancid odors, spectral apparitions, loud banging on pipes, crying, disembodied whispers, moaning, and the sound of a banjo being strummed by the infamous mobster, Al Capone. Time has not lessoned the dark shadows hovering over Alcatraz. Crime and paranormal writers, paranormal investigators, family of the inmates, thrill seekers, and historians all flock to catch a glimpse into the eerie remnants of one of the most diabolical destinations in the world.
Evening ferry rides provided by the National Park Service to the island provide spectral hunters and paranormal enthusiasts a look into the prisons most notorious ghosts that reside still today at Alcatraz. The guards have their share of paranormal stories. They claim to hear phantom gunshots, the soft twang of banjo music and unexplained supernatural events that go beyond human understanding of those things that we tend to not believe are real despite the overwhelming evidence that they do exist.
Location: Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing at the Embarcadero & Bay Street, San Francisco, California
There is no other haunted destination on the planet quite like Alcatraz Island. Surrounded by waters with swift currents and freezing temperatures, no
Nearly everyone has heard of the prison known as Alcatraz. It is located on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay, which is 1.5 miles offshore of San Francisco, California. Commonly called The Rock, this small island was initially outfitted with places for a lighthouse and a fort.
Although Turner did not complete his first set of plans until 1908, he wasted no time in beginning preliminary work. In August 1907 he notified the adjutant general that he required an elevated railroad to move construction material from the wharf to the building site.