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Alcatraz Prison Museum –
Haunted Place: Alcatraz Prison Museum
San Francisco, California
Alcatraz Island web site
Alcatraz Prison Museum National Park is
located out in the middle of San Francisco Bay, on Alcatraz Island,
which is next to Angel Island. The water is very cold and the
currents are very strong, making it a great place for a prison.
Tours for Alcatraz Island are available. Reservations are a must,
call: (415) 546-9400.
Alcatraz Prison was originally a military
prison, from 1859, when its construction was started, until 1933
when the Federal Bureau of Prisons made Alcatraz a federal prison,
to be the harsh and unpleasant home for the most problematic,
hardened inmates. Suicides and murders were common, and the
conditions at the prison were severe, stark and under a very strict
rule system. Uncooperative behavior could land a prisoner in
solitary confinement, or in the dreaded steel boxes. The prison was
closed on March 21, 1963, because the 1859 - 1912 buildings were
crumbling, and it was too expensive to haul all that was needed
there from the mainland. It is now a national park, open to the
public through taking a tour.
Occurrences have happened, and impressions
& entities have been felt in the areas of the prison's worst
tragedies, and areas of great pain & distress.
Block C Utility Passageway - (A 1946 bloody uprising happened
here). A national park employee heard loud, clanging noises, but
the sounds stopped when he opened the door. When he closed the
door, the loud, clanging sounds started up again.
Hospital Ward for the Maimed, Crazed Prisoners - Voices have
been heard by park personnel.
Blocks A & B - Park personnel have heard loud screams,
running footsteps and crashing sounds.
Infamous Cells in 14 D were where the solitary confinement cells
& steel boxes were kept. These cells are described as being the
eeriest. The temperature in these cells is always very cold, and
psychic people have felt intense impressions, with the emotionally
stronger impressions being in the corners where punished prisoners
crouched and suffered.
- Block C - 9/5/84 - While on night duty, Ranger Rex heard the
loud, jarring sound of a heavy door swinging back and forth. After
investigating, Rex found no logical explanation for the noise.
The park system authorities decided to
bring in a medium, Sylvia Brown, along with an ex-convict of
Alcatraz, Leon, and a CBS news team to record the findings. The
laundry room gave off impressions of violence to Sylvia and she
encountered an unseen presence in there, and described him as being
tall in height, having a bald head and little eyes. Leon identified
the unseen presence by this description alone as being a prisoner
known as "Butcher," who had been a hit man for organized crime, and
had been murdered in the laundry room.
Sylvia Brown decided to try to free Butcher
so he could go to the other side. During a seance in the prison
dining room, it was communicated to Butcher, through Sylvia's
Spirit Guide, Francine, that there were others on the other side
that would be able to help him, and that he should follow Francine
to the other side. Butcher flatly refused to believe that anyone
would help him and chose to stay in the prison, still incarcerated
though being long dead. Some day, Sylvia hopes to come back and try
again to set Butcher free through another seance.
Entities are still serving their time,
despite given parole by death to the other side.
Photographs © Aaron Roper * Aerial
Photo retrieved from official web site
Some photographs © nps.gov/alcatraz
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