Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary was America’s first solitary confinement prison, it opened it’s doors in 1829. Prisoners were completely isolated at all times, when they were moved or transported they had their heads covered with hoods so they could not see the guards or other inmates. This solitary punishment is believed to have driven many of the inmates to various states of insanity. The prison was abandoned in 1971 as the all-solitary setup was deemed too expensive. You can actually go on tours of the former prison and TV shows like Ghost Hunters have spent time in Eastern State Penitentiary to investigate the eerie noises, footsteps, and hallucinations that have been reported by visitors.
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