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This is also known as the Mansfield Reformatory and I am quite sure a lot of people that watch ghost hunting shows or read up on American hauntings will be familiar with this one. It was built between 1886 up to 1910 and was in operation until 1990 until it was ordered closed by federal ruling. It has been used in films and various television shows, one of the most famous is most likely The Shawshank Redemption.

A lot of it has now been demolished but what remains has been opened as a museum and tours are available. The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society was formed in 1995 and are working on stabilising the other buildings. The East Cell Block is the largest free standing steel cell bock in the world, it is listed at six towers hight and until 1959 the superintendent was Arthur Lewis Glattke, he was respected by the workers and inmates alike. He was even responsible for some reforms such as piping in radio music into the cell blocks.  Helen, his wife, died following an accident where a handgun was discharged when she went to reach for a jewellery box in the family quarters, three days after this she died of pneumonia *this was 1950* and in 1959 he died in his office of a heart attack.

OSR is not one of the prisons with the most hardened of criminals but none-the-less it has a wide and varied history. One former resident became infamous for his part in the Brink’s Robbery 1950. Frank Hanger was beaten to death there by inmates, 1932, during an attempted prison escape. The harshest violence was reported to be in a place known as “the Hole”, which was for solitary confinement, and some prisoners managed to hang themselves. One prisoner allegedly set himself on fire.

Whether or not you are interested in the ghostly aspect I would say if you get a chance to visit (or have) I’d love to hear what you think of the place. Historically it deserves preserving as it looks like a wonderful building if nothing else.