The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, offers ghost-hunting classes and a tour led by a former prisoner.
A mix of beautiful architecture and crumbling prison cells, the Ohio State Reformatory saw plenty of violence during the 94 years the prison was in operation. The reformatory opened in 1896, hoping to be a place where juveniles were made into better people. In 1990, the federal order that closed the prison cited “brutalizing and inhumane conditions.”
One of the most violent incidents that occurred at the prison was the kidnapping and killing of an employee’s wife and daughter, which was carried out by two parolees in 1948. Just two years later, the warden’s wife was shot dead by a gun that fell on the floor as she was picking up a jewelry case. Years later, the warden himself died of a heart attack in his office. One inmate reportedly killed his cellmate and then stuffed his body under a bunk.
Tour guides and visitors alike say they can still hear the warden and his wife having conversations.