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Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State Reformatory is a historic prison located in Mansfield, Ohio. It was built between 1886 and 1910 (partially by prisoners) and remained in operation until 1990, when it was ordered shut by a United States Federal Court. The Shawshank Redemption was filmed there and is actually the only reason the prison was not demolished. It is famously haunted. Ghost Adventures did an investigation there years ago and caught some evidence.

Fast forward to last weekend (August 7th) and we went on our own paranormal investigation of the prison until 3 am. There was a brief tour and history lesson and then we were unleashed to wander the prison and try to communicate with ghosts. Unfortunately, due to Covid, there was no equipment to rent like advertised but we made due with cell phones, flashlights and disposable cameras. (Disposable cameras are supposedly the best at catching evidence. As someone raised during the era of disposable cameras, I think it’s mostly that the film gets screwed up easily and people claim it’s spooky ghosts.) I went in in full skeptic mode and was not proven wrong. Meaning, we didn’t catch anything. It was SO much fun nonetheless.

Originally, OSR was an actual reformatory for men aged 14-28. They had a 85% success rate of rehabilitating people back into society. It functioned as a small town, where inmates farmed the land and learned a profession (even lock picking apparently) and were released back as functioning members of society. Somewhere along the way, people decided that you could not force people to work and they turned to just locking them in cages day in and day out. The prison was closed due to overcrowding and poor conditions. There are a few famous murders and prisoners who died there but I’ll leave that for your own research and investigations.

We are still waiting on getting the disposable cameras developed but like I implied, I’m not expecting much.

I would recommend this adventure to anyone interested in history and/or ghost hunting. There were a decent amount of other people there so that also infringed on any real attempts of catching evidence. Your ticket prices go directly to preservation of the building and volunteers staff the building for the night. I would 10/10 do it again.

Jackaby – Book Review

4 out of 5 stars

I went into this with very little expectations. It seemed like it may be good but I honestly didn’t know any one who had already read it to give me an opinion. It jumped out at me while perusing my massive pile of books at home and I think I was just in the right mood for it. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.

Abigail Rook is the daughter of an explorer. She grew up hearing fascinating tales of the world and is well educated however, a good British woman should be more concerned with marrying a man with a good job and fine pedigree. Or at least that’s what her parents kept telling her. They would allow her to go to university but afterward she was expected to live the boring life of a housewife.

Naturally, like any woman I find myself liking very much, she rebelled. She took her tuition money and started off her own grand adventure. However, it turned out not so grand and with barely any money left, she heads to America. She’ll take any job to keep a roof over her head (this could get ugly quick) and food in her stomach, but no one seems to be hiring. No one except one detective looking for an investigative assistant. A detective that who is known around town as incredibly strange.

To say that Mr. Jackaby is a bit odd, would be putting it mildly. Abigail has the curiosity of a cat with nine lives and a knack for noticing ordinary things the detective misses while he looks for the peculiar. She must prove her worth and help him stop a killer. A killer who appears to have some magical tricks up his or her sleeve.

Abigail Rook takes shit from no man or woman. If you try to tell her the correct or proper thing to do, she’ll do something rude in response. She’ll have none of your sexist bullshit and because of that, she earns her way to a top spot in my ‘favorite female characters’ category.