Also known as “The Rock,” Alcatraz is one of the most visited tourist spots, not only in San Francisco, but in the State of California. With Halloween fast approaching, Alcatraz’s notorious past and claims of paranormal activities from tourists and ghost hunters alike make it one of the best haunting stops you can make in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Known as one of the worst places for incarceration, Alcatraz, according to claims, is not only the former home for some of the most notorious inmates, which include Al Capone and Robert “The Birdman” Stroud, but also home to some restless spirits, according to paranormal investigators. According to claims of former employees, long after Alcatraz stopped operating as a prison, there were late nights when they would hear moaning and sounds of chains and rattling of cages.
Alcatraz’s history of violent and agonizing deaths started during the construction of the original military outpost in 1857, when two laborers were crushed to death when the rock wall collapsed on the road where they were working. The body counts continue to rise after the completion of the outpost construction, as many confederate soldiers who were prisoners during the civil war died due to hunger, thirst, accidents, botched escape attempts and at the hands of other inmates. The early prisoners often called Alcatraz the “Tomb of the Living Dead” due to the savage-like living conditions they experienced while incarcerated.
As decades passed, the garrison turned into a federal penitentiary where some of the worst criminals during and after the depression era lived. For 30 years, Alcatraz became one of the most brutal and inescapable penitentiaries in the United States. No one has ever escaped and made it out alive from its walls.
Now that Alcatraz is a National Park, tales of ghostly inhabitants keep tourists with a penchant for the paranormal flocking to this desolate island. Although some tourists come to learn about its history and its former inmates, many often wonder if they will experience some form of paranormal activity. According to claims, the best place to experience chills, the feeling of being watched and to hear voices or EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) is inside one of the isolation cells, which former inmates referred to as “The Hole.” Stepping across the threshold of these cells is enough to send chills up one’s spine. In almost every corner of the island, you will find reminders of the sufferings of its former occupants, which can be just the right recipe for ghostly activities to happen.
If you are interested in ghost hunting, especially during the Halloween season, visit Alcatraz. If you are feeling more adventurous, join the night tour of the island. Who knows? You may just get lucky and have a close encounter with the paranormal kind.
For details on day and night tours, check http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/website/price-schedule-chart.aspx.