Location Description and History
In all, there were 15 guards on duty inside the
prison that night, supervising more than 1,100 inmates.
Later Sunday morning, inmates began to trickle out of the prison, seeking
refuge at the fence where National Guardsmen stood with their M-16s. Black
inmates led the exodus from the smoldering cellblocks, staying in groups
large enough to defend themselves from other inmates.
From the Attorney General's Report
The most active areas of the prison are Cell Blocks 3, 4, the Tool room and the laundry room.
Cell Block 3 was the maximum security ward which also contains the Solitary confinement cell. Activity reported here includes unexplainable noises, doors that open and close by themselves, and lights that turn on and off without any apparent cause.
Cell block 4 was the area where the "snitches" and other prisoners held in protective custody were contained. Upon entering the cell block, there are marks on the floor where rioters used power tools to decapitate the snitches and several other inmates. Also visible are the outlines of scorch marks where other inmates were burned to death with propane cutting torches. Another inmate was hung from the upper tier of the cell block with sheets that had been tied together. The activity reported here is similar to those reported in Cell Block 3. Twenty three of the inmates that were murdered during the riot were killed in Cell Block 4.
The laundry was the site of several murders, although they occurred long before the riot of 1980. It is located in a labyrinth of corridors that lie underneath the prison. These corridors also link to the gas chamber, many mechanical rooms and the tool room where the inmates stole the propane torches and other tools that were used during the riots. Uneasy feelings and whispers are often reported down there as well as unusual human shaped shadows.
SGHA was sent to the prison with the crew of KZZR, 94 Rock and the contestants of a "MTV Fear" type of contest to be conducted on the grounds.
After arriving at the prison, we were briefed on the contest and that there was a "holding area near the front entrance where everyone would wait while the contestants did their "dares". We were then given a tour of the grounds, including cell block 4 and the basement. The contestants were no due to arrive for another hour and a half, giving us a chance to take some initial readings for unusual electromagnetic fields.
After the tour we took IR cameras down to solitary confinement in Cell Block three to monitor the contestant there to ensure that he stayed in the cell for the full twenty minutes of his "dare". After we positioned the camera, Cody moved to the far end of the corridor to take photographs while Bob shot IR video from the other end. After a few minutes there was a distinct sound of a cell door slowly opening or closing. As Cody moved towards the area where the sound seemed to be coming from a second similar noise, this time much louder and faster, echoed down the hallway behind Cody's position.
Bob, assuming that the noise was coming from the contestants, started to radio in to the holding area to confirm that the contestants had arrived. Suddenly his radio started changing frequencies by itself and a extremely loud noise echoed down the hallway that resembled a cell door violently slamming shut. The sound came from somewhere behind Cody, who had moved forward to look for the source of the first strange noise.
Bob quickly moved forward towards Cody's position and after verifying that he was okay, began checking the area. All of the cell doors were closed and locked when we arrived to set up the cameras and they were still locked. We attempted to replicate the sound by opening and closing several doors that were unlocked and by banging on the cell doors themselves. However, we could not replicate anything that sounded close to the noises we heard earlier.
After trying unsuccessfully to replicate the sound in Cell block three's basement, we moved up two levels to the top tier. We discover a rather strange EM field near the far side of the cellblock in the last cell on that row. The field was 5 nanotesla and had a originating point directly in the center of the cell. We were not able to determine exactly what was causing this field.
We continued down the catwalk of the cellblock, taking photos and readings. Just as we reached the end of the catwalk, a repeating thumping noise moved across a ventilation pipe towards us, eventually stopping three feet away from our position. Although it was quite strange and downright spooky, we assumed it was a wild animal running inside of the pipe towards us. we then moved back to the holding area at the front of the prison to take a break.
Once we were outside, we were able to talk to some of the former guards of the prison and showed the video of the incident in cell block three to them and the radio staff. One of the guards thought the sound resembled a fuse blowing out down there and went to check it out. Meanwhile, several of the radio staff had heard noises coming from the guard tower while we were in cell block three. They said that the noises sounded like the trap door of the guard tower being opened and slammed shut. So we all moved off to the tower to check it out.
Bob immediately picked up on a very strong D/C electromagnetic field near the tower. The readings fluctuated between 2 to 8 nanotesla, DC. As he moved about, trying to isolate the origin of the field, the remainder of the group received visitors, one being the former warden of the prison. When asked about the tower and if anything had happened there, he simply replied "There are some things you just do not want to know." He would not comment on the tower any further. Bob continued measuring the D/C field by the tower while Cody took photographs. Shortly afterwards, the contestants arrived and the contest began.
Radio broadcast of the contest aired on Halloween morning.
While waiting during the contest, the guard that checked the fuses in cell block three returned and informed us that the fuses were all okay. He had no idea what could have caused that noise. After the completion of the "dare" in Cell block four, we were able to move around that area and see what we could find. We were on the bottom tier walking towards the opposite end of the corridor when the squeaky sound of a metal door closing rang out from behind us. we turned to see that one of the doors we had passed was wide open. We moved to check out that area but found nothing unusual with our instruments. The door itself was quite heavy, maybe 60 pounds or so and the hinges were rusted. After manually closing and opening it, we ruled out the possibility of it being pushed open by a gust of air or by the vibration of us walking past it. We later learned from a guard that all of these doors had been locked. The door that had opened was very freaky because it was locked shut and they did not have a key for it, making it impossible to even open it in the first place.
During the last "dare" of the contest, we were able to take Erica Viking down to the basement to conduct an EVP session. Afterwards, we returned to the holding area and waited for the contest to finish.We then searched the laundry room and other parts of the basement before heading out.
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