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That place is definitely haunted. I have an old friend whose uncle worked for the prison system in the 70’s and 80’s. He worked at Mansfield, aka “The Castle”, for a few years in the late 70’s as a guard supervisor. He has so many crazy stories of the stuff that used to go down in that place, and the very old school prison culture. He said that it was not uncommon for them to carry out one or two dead inmates a month there due to the brutal nature of the culture and the deplorable conditions.
He would tell us that there used to be no cage on the upper tiers (the range as they call them) and the reason the fencing was installed on the upper ranges was because guys would get thrown off all the time by other inmates, falling to their death or crippling injury. They would always try to throw them down head first, he said. It was that and it was also not uncommon for suicidal prisoners to come out of their cells, tie a makeshift rope or bed sheet to the rail and jump off the range. Hence why they installed the fencing to keep this from happening. The cell blocks were so large it was almost impossible to get to the inmate before he was over the rail and either suffering a broken neck or too far gone to save. He told us when he would have to work the graveyard shift and go walk the range on his rounds, it was often you could feel cold drafts and things “touch” you as you walked by, or hear voices call out to you from nowhere, faint screams or “shadows” walking by.
Many of the cells had no glass or covering on the windows so snow, cold and rain would come pouring in through the tiny opening in the wall, “the window”. He also told us of the rats and other vermin that infested the place before they finally built the replacement facility next door and closed The Castle.
The place is brutal looking and very awesome, I’ve been there a few times and it’s one of my favorite places to visit in the area.