Angola State Penitentiary
17544 Tunica Trace
Angola, LA 70712
With over eighteen years in state and federal law enforcement, I have always had a particular interest in haunted prisons. Spending so many years locked inside these structures with the very criminals they house, you truly get a sense of respect for this morbid community within a community. No matter how many television shows or documentaries one may watch on the subject, there is no substitution for the real thing. Let's face it, prisons are not a fun place to be! Especially when you are housed in what was once known as the bloodiest prison in America, Angola State Penitentiary.
The long and dark history of Angola begins in the 1830's when the land was purchased by Isaac Franklin. The property was known as Angola Plantation, gaining its name from the region of Africa where a majority of the home's slaves originated. On the grounds, there was a building known as the old slave quarters. It is in this building where inmates from the original state penitentiary, located at the intersection of 6th Street and Laurel Street in Baton Rouge, were used to perform daily duties. The conditions were said to be horrendous and extremely cruel. With the property being surrounded on three sides by the mighty Mississippi River, this fortress has often been described as the bayou Alcatraz.
|Inmate Work Crew a.k.a. "Chain Gang"|
|A few of many solitary confinement cells|
|Lethal Injection Chamber|
-"Convict: It's What's for Dinner!"
Despite the events mentioned, I can only assume that I merely scratched the surface of the overall amount of violence that has taken place inside the fences of Angola. From a paranormal investigators standpoint, if this place is not haunted, then there is no such thing as a haunted location!
|The Infamous Red Hat|
Another location said to be active is the Red Hat cell block, home to the infamous "Gruesome Gurtie", the morbid nickname given to the electric chair that gave the final punishment to many convicts that called Angola home. It is said that after its final execution on July 22, 1991, Gruesome Gurtie claimed the lives of eighty-seven inmates, before
|The One and Only "Gruesome Gurtie"...She's Electrifying!|