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A Prison That's Scarier than Usual

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A Prison That's Scarier than Usual

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Mark Perrott

'Seven,' 1994

Mark Perrott

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Mark Perrott

The forbidding Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia closed more than 30 years ago, and spends most of the year as an historic site. Come sundown in October, though, the prison transforms into a chilling house of horrors that attracts hundreds to Halloween tours.

But there are also real ghosts inside the high walls, the specters of good intentions gone disturbingly wrong.

Sean Kelley is the program director for Eastern State Prison and has been involved with its haunted tours for the past eleven years. He talks about the decaying prison and takes caller questions.

Guests:

Sean Kelley, program director of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Mark Perrott, photographer of Eastern State; author of Hope Abandoned: Eastern State Penitentiary