Located at 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section puts this location near the center of Philadelphia.
The Eastern State Penitentiary, also known as ESP, is a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. and was operational from 1829 until 1971. It was said to be the most expensive Prison built.
The penitentiary refined the revolutionary system of separate incarceration first pioneered at the Walnut Street Jail which emphasized principles of reform rather than punishment.
Notorious criminals such as Al Capone and Bank robber Willie Sutton were held inside its innovative wagon wheel design.
James Bruno (Big Joe) and several male relatives were incarcerated here between 1936-1948 for the alleged murders in the Kelayres Massacre of 1934, before they were pardoned.
At its completion, the building was the largest and most expensive public structure ever erected, and quickly became a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide.
The prison is currently a U.S. National Historic Landmark, which is open to the public as a museum for tours seven days a week, twelve months a year, 10 am to 5 pm.
Prisoners at Eastern State Penitentiary were kept in solitary confinement which some say induced mental illness.
The guards are believed to have tortured the inmates and covered their heads with hoods anytime they were taken outside the cells.
ESP shut down in 1971 and reopened in 1996 as a museum and Halloween attraction but ghostly sightings seem to happen on a regular basis.
Visitors have reported anguished cries coming from the cells and a shadowy figure who watches over the prison.
Things have been known to chase visitors, Scratch, Push and more.
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