Ohio State Reformatory

Built in 1886, the Ohio State Reformatory at Mansfield was designed to inspire inmates to reform. Unfortunately, the gothic, church-like stone structure had the opposite effect. Inmates recall abuse, violence, torture and murder. By all accounts, Mansfield was never a happy place. Deplorable conditions, including rats, inedible food, and disease eventually led to the closing of the prison in 1990.

Reported Activity

Ohio State Reformatory is considered one of the most active haunted places in the United States. Reported paranormal phenomenon include: Disembodied voices, mists, apparitions, shadow figures, physical contact, smells, and cold spots.

Audio and EVP

A clear male voice whispers "Dear God" in solitary confinement, also known as "The Hole".

A voice says "come with me" in this recording from one of the cell blocks.

This voice from the Hole suggests that we "leave - alright."

A soft knock can be heard in response to our investigator's request to knock on something.

A male voice whispers "bite me" in the Hole.

Undecipherable whispers and a strange sounding male laugh where documented in this recording from one of the cell blocks.

A whispered voice says "Do this freak" and a strange male voice seems to reply "Leave me alone" in Cell 313.

Investigation Notes

The investigators experienced overwhelming feelings of hate and fear throughout the prison. In some places, like Solitary Confinement or "The Hole", the feeling was heavy and suffocating. During the investigation the 24:00 Projekt Team shared quite a few paranormal experiences; including unexplained sounds, disembodied voices and glimpsing a shadow figure.


It's widely believed that the restless spirits of prisoners and workers still remain confined here. During our investigation, the 24:00 Projekt Team documented EVP evidence confirming that this could indeed be true. The 24:00 Projekt believes that legitimate paranormal activity is occurring at this location.

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