According to legend, Alcatraz prison is known to be one of the most haunted spots in the country, if not in the world. Is it really haunted though? For many people that have visited the prison and have experienced supernatural phenomena, it certainly seems to be haunted in a mysterious way.
Staying at Alcatraz was no joke and even the spirits of the most insane and notorious criminals were broken there. It is said that the empty cells inside the walls of Alcatraz still home the restless spirits that remain there. Some of the worst criminals in America including Arthur Doc Barker, Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone spent many days behind bars in this prison.
The prison was built to be a maximum security place where inmates would have minimum privileges. Prisoners breaking the rules would be sent to the strip cell where they would have to remove all of their clothing and spend time in a cell with no lights, no sink, no mattress and only a hole inside the ground for a toilet. For this reason, it has been said that many spirits aren't able to move on from Alcatraz to make a new home in the spiritual world.
The Dreaded Cell 14D
Be sure to visit this cell where an inmate died after screaming that a creature was going to kill him. Many visitors have said that they have felt an extreme coldness wrapping around them in the room as if many spirits were still present.
Experience the A, B and C Cell Blocks
Make sure to also view these cell blocks when you are visiting the island. Many people that have toured the prison have said that they can hear moaning and crying coming from these blocks. You may even run into the spirit of the "Butcher", who was known to be assassinated here in the 1940s. You never know what you will run into when you take the plunge and find out more about this exciting yet daunting prison island!
Is Alcatraz haunted? You'll have to be the judge of that. Make sure that you take one of the tours that allows you to learn more about the island and the prison and experience it for yourself. It's certain that at the very least this foreboding prison will give you the chills along with some exciting tales to take home with you!