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Ghostly Tales from America's Jails

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Curl up with 36 stories, complete with photos, of historical hoosegows from all over the United States. Each jail or prison is now a location for good guys like you to visit, transformed to museums, offices, a theater, even a B&B where the long-deceased sheriff locks up at night!

Considering what happened in these facilities, no wonder a few sundry ghosts have lingered: prisoners destined to replay their misery or guards who never get to retire. Investigators of the ...

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Overview

Curl up with 36 stories, complete with photos, of historical hoosegows from all over the United States. Each jail or prison is now a location for good guys like you to visit, transformed to museums, offices, a theater, even a B&B where the long-deceased sheriff locks up at night!

Considering what happened in these facilities, no wonder a few sundry ghosts have lingered: prisoners destined to replay their misery or guards who never get to retire. Investigators of the paranormal seek verification by way of film, thermal readings, heart rates, and electronic voice phenomena.
But as several ghost hunter sites quote Derk Acorah: "To a believer, no proof is necessary. To a disbeliever, no proof is enough."

Get to know the writers through their bios and photos. They'll bring you stories told by people who have experienced the events-from either side of the bars. Museum curators, tour guides, correctional officers, prisoners, and even visitors encounter sounds, scents, sights, and tactile sensations that chill them to the marrow. Yet there's humor too, so have a haunting good time with the tales they've dug up for you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933177090
  • Publisher: Atriad Press LLC
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents


The Palace Ghosts - 1610     1
Ghosts Of Salem Village- 1684     5
A Terrible Secret - 1760     10
Where Haunts Abound - 1771     12
Host To Ghosts-1799     17
Pirates, Thieves, & Civil War Soldiers - 1802     23
Orders From A Ghost - 1811     28
An Experiment In Solitude - 1829     33
The Show Goes On - 1824     39
The American Tragedy Jail - 1834     43
Man On A Rope - 1835     48
Secrets Of The Attic - 1845     54
The Huntsville Walls - 1849     67
The Bridgewater Triangle - 1854     71
Doin' Time On The Rock - ca. 1850s     77
Touch At Your Own Risk - 1858     84
Show Me - 1859     89
Ghosts Of Fort Delaware - 1859     95
Ghosts Of Gold Rush Days - 1862     102
Gothic Prison - 1866     107
Serve Your Sentence In Style - 1872     112
Julius Greenwald: Scapeghost - 1872     119
An Army Of Ghosts- 1875     126
Halloween, Anytime You Want It - 1875     133
Ghost Hunt At Buffalo Gap - 1879     138
Dead Men Walking - 1880     147
The Ghost Who Likes Me - 1881     154
The Squirrel Cage - 1885     161
Cursed Clock Tower Stops Time - 1887     167
Phantom Inmates - 1887 & 1909     174
Certifiably Haunted - 1891     179
The Black Jail - 1892     184
Whispers Within The Walls - 1894     191
Cathedral, Or Dracula's Castle - 1896     199
History That Never Rests - 1897     204
The Old Pen - 1901-1981     208
Misery Seeks Company - 1909     211
A Personal Encounter - 1909 (est.)     217
Eternally Looking Out To Sea - 1936     224
Residue From A Riot - 1956     228
Last Words From The Editor     234
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    Mayra Calvani -- Midwest Book Review

    Are you intrigued by true ghost stories? Author Joan Upton Hall has put together a collection of spooky tales that will be thoroughly enjoyed by fans of the paranormal, especially by those readers with a particular interest in old jails and prisons. The stories, forty in all, take place in different times and locations across the United States, bringing in the flavor of each individual setting--from an old Salem Witch Jail from the 1600¿s to a Charleston Civil War prison for pirates to a modern state penitentiary in the Wild West. These haunting stories written by a group of versatile authors from various backgrounds, appeal to the reader¿s imagination and capture the dark mood of these jails, bringing to life the misery and violence that once took place there. The fact that many of the jails and prisons are now restaurants, inns, offices, shops and museums is interesting. The chapters are arranged in chronological order from the oldest to the newest haunting, and each story is accompanied by an author photo and bio. Some of the authors are host hunters, psychics, and correctional officers. How do investigators of the paranormal seek verification? What are their methods? How do they classify and study hauntings? What type of people encounter ghosts? Is there a pattern? Is this something that happens to believers¿who may be easily influenced¿or to skeptics as well? If you¿re a ghost hunter, the book includes addresses and contact information of the institutions, that is¿as the editor notes¿¿if you dare.¿ Whether you¿re a believer or a skeptic, this is an intriguing book that will tickle your sense of wonder and offer some spooky excitement on those long rainy evenings.

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