Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Haunted Alcatraz

Visiting Alcatraz stepping foot onto the island sent chills up my spine. I started to wonder off with a tour group and straddled along a steep terrain on the island. When we began to step inside the facility itself, I got spooked and instantly jumped, when I felt a strong cold breeze shoot by me. And on my past experiences with these type of paranormal activity. I instantly knew some spirit has acknowledge my presence.

This island has many layers of history and once was a fort, a military prison, a federal penitentiary and then seized and occupied by Native Americans who retook the island in 1969. The layers of history and intense emotion make this place the #1 most haunted spot in San Francisco. People hear voices, walking, cells slamming and there is a supposed evil presence in Block D of the main prison house. Many cold spots can be felt in the mess hall. Other odd events experienced over the years include guards smelling smoke, but finding no fire; sounds of unexplained crying and moaning; unexplained cold spots in areas of the prison and claims of seeing ghosts of prisoners or military personnel.

But the story of Al Capone Ghost is what fascinated me the most, Al Capone, who spent his last years at Alcatraz with his health in decline from untreated syphilis, took up playing the banjo with a prison band. Fearing he would be killed if he spent his recreational time in the "yard," Capone received permission to spend recreation time practicing his banjo in the shower room. In recent years, a park ranger claimed he heard banjo music coming from the shower room. Not familiar with the history of Alcatraz, the ranger could not find a reason for the sound and documented the strange event. Other visitors and employees have reported hearing the sound of a banjo coming from the prison walls.

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