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Ohio State Reformatory

Mansfield, Ohio     July 15, 2011


SCGH:  Mike, Melissa, Nicole, Mark


EMF, K2, 2 Digital Voice Recorders,

Frank's Box, 3 digital cameras,
Thermal Imager, Infrared cameras


Weather: Clear, Temp 65-75, DP 65

               Humidity 75-82%, BP 30.02,
               Winds 3-8 SE

Moon:     Full (100% illuminated)

Fields:    Solar X-Rays = Normal,
Geomagnetic Fields = Quiet


The Ohio State Reformatory (OSR), also known as the Mansfield Reformatory, is a historic prison located in Mansfield, Ohio in the United States. It was built between 1886 and 1910 and remained in operation until a 1990 federal court ruling (the 'Boyd Consent Decree') ordered the facility to be closed. While this facility was used in a number of films (including several while the facility was still in operation), TV shows and music videos, it was made famous by the film The Shawshank Redemption (1994) when it was used in the large panning scene and for the Warden's office.

The Reformatory remained in full operation until December 1990 when it was closed via federal court order. As the result of a prisoners' class action suit citing overcrowding and inhumane conditions.


Most of the night was very difficult for us as this was

a public hunt.  

After a few hours the number of people disspiated and we were able to get a couple of good sessions in.

Personal experiences included:

11:30 - West TB Ward - Mike fell ill and actually had to leave the building to get some air.

12:05 - All was quiet and team went dark.  Called out for the spirits to approach us and we were approached by loud shuffling sounds running right in front of us! (listen to audio clip below).  

04:20 - West Wing Attic - We watched what appeared to be a shadow coming in and out of view on our thermal.  Several team members got goosebumps and chills, despite the very warm temperatures up here.

Collected Evidence:

West Cell Block 45

We were totally dark and were alone in the area when something decided to run up to us.  You can hear the shuffling noise right before the girls react to it (caution, screams are loud).