Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Eastern State Penitentiary used to be one of the most expensive and most copied buildings in the young United States. It is estimated that more than 300 prisons worldwide are based on the Penitentiary’s wagon-wheel, or “radial” floor plan. Some of the most dangerous men were locked up in this penitentiary.
One of its most famous inmates was none other than Al Capone, who was incarcerated there on illegal weapons possession in 1929. During his stay, it is said that Capone was tormented by the ghost of James Clark, one of the men Capone had murdered in the infamous St. Valentine’s Day massacre.
After 142 years of consecutive use, Eastern State Penitentiary was completely abandoned in 1971, and now stands, a lost world of crumbling cell blocks and empty guard towers. During the abandoned era (from closing until the late 80s) a “forest” grew in the cell blocks and outside within the walls. The prison also became home to many stray cats. In 1988, the Eastern State Penitentiary Task Force successfully petitioned Mayor Wilson Goode to halt redevelopment. In 1994, Eastern State opened to the public for historic tours.
It’s been confirmed that the Penitentiary is haunted, reported haunting activity include: a shadow-like figure that scoots quickly away when approached, a figure that stands in the guard tower, an evil cackling reportedly comes from cell block 12, in cell block 6, another shadowy figure has been seen sliding down the wall and mysterious, ghostly faces are said to appear in cell block 4. Unfortunately, not all of these cells are open to the public on the tours. Many movies have been filmed on the location, including Twelve Monkeys and Transformers.