On May 24, 2012, my husband Mark and I met up with a group of friends (some I met on this site) at the Mansfield Reformatory for an overnight private ghost hunt.
First, we were given a tour of the building along with historical information about it. After that, the lights were turned out and we were set free to roam the building as we saw fit. One of the first things I noticed was that there didn't seem to be any cobwebs anywhere. This is important to note; because, throughout the night, I kept feeling like I had cobwebs touching my face. I would try to wipe them off, but there was nothing there. It was just the sensation of them all over my face.
One of the first places I went was down into solitary confinement. The atmosphere down there was very heavy and I started having a pain in the back of my neck, near the base of my skull. It went away once I left the area. During my walks through the cell blocks, Mark and I heard someone walking directly below us. Mark even heard the jingling of keys. The footsteps stopped as soon as we stopped. No one was in the area at the time except us. I took a digital recorder with me to try to capture some EVP's.
At one point I had turned it off, but somehow it turned back on and started recording. It recorded for 24 minutes before I noticed! During those 24 minutes I captured two EVP's. The first one was really creepy and was very guttural. It says quite a bit but I can't make it out. It just sounded really pissed off. Http://soundcloud.com/clever210/creepy-voice
The next one happened when I was inside one of the cells. Someone had put some stuff on the walls of the cell and I said, "Look at that." A couple seconds later a voice whispers, "What's it say?" http://soundcloud.com/clever210/whisper
Later on into the night I was in the part of building used as offices and living space for staff. We had all of our lights off and everyone was being quiet. There was some light coming through the windows, so we were not in total darkness. I was in one of the rooms when I saw a guy that I thought was Mark walk into the room across from me. I followed in after him only to discover that there was no one in the room but me.
After this, Mark and I went to walk back downstairs to where I assume were offices at one point. There was a room across from the chapel area, where I got a really bad vibe that something was just not right. Nothing happened, but I felt like there was someone watching me the whole time I was in that area. I had a great time that night and was really surprised to have so many experiences. I hope to go back there soon.