Alcatraz is a maximum security penitentiary located on Alcatraz Island, off the coast of San Francisco, California. It held prisoners and inmates who caused trouble at other federal prisons as it would often be referred to as a “last resort prison.” A few of the fifteen hundred inmates were Al Capone, George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly (no, not the modern rapper), and Alvin ‘Creepy’ Karpis, known for the creepy smile he would relay to other and who spent the most time here as a prisoner.
Alcatraz is known for being one of the toughest in America and the prison to fear the most. The events that occurred play into its reputation, brutal and cruel. Often inmates would note the inhuman conditions claiming it gave way to their insanity. A writer fed into these claims in agreement, attacking the prison stating, “The whole institution is conductive to psychology that builds up a sinister ambitious attitude among prisoners.”
According to officers of the prison, once a prisoner entered the walls, their first thought was how to get out. Thirty-six prisoners made fourteen escape attempts and while it is claimed that no one has ever successfully escaped, that doesn’t mean the inmates reverted back to the prison safe and sound. In fact, most of these inmates were presumed dead by drowning while the others were shot and killed after being caught.
By the 1930’s, the conditions of the penitentiary made a turn for the better and the inmates had more privileges. They were allowed to play an instrument as a hobby and had a recreation yard but use of the yard turned dark when it was used in a violent means to escape in 1946 when a group of inmates developed a plan to kill tower guards after obtaining the yard key and use hostages as a means to leave the island.
As always when I talk about haunted locations, I bring up the hauntings and activity that really give these locations a place in the world of the paranormal. Alcatraz is high on the list as reports of evil have been talked about since the Native Americans were on the island, long before it became a military prison. Mark Twain himself described the atmosphere of the prison as “Being as cold as winter, even in the summer months.” Prisoners have long reported being terrorized by dark and evil forces. One eyewitness claims to see have spotted red eyes that got brighter and brighter. Heavy energies of darkness, difficulty breathing, and discomfort are reported by almost everyone that visits.
While attempts to turn prison life around was somewhat of a success, the nightmares, the murders, the suicides, and the horrific history is still here to this day due to the spirits that reside here and thanks to the help of those that have investigated, it has been made obvious as to why this place is also referred to as “Evil Island.” Those that remain here will not be leaving any time soon as time will always stand still for them.
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