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Climate researchers recall paranormal experience on Alcatraz Island

By T.K. Randall
June 26, 2024 · Comment icon 6 comments
Alcatraz Island is said to be haunted. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Chris6d
A team of scientists conducting research on the infamous prison island recently got more than they bargained for.
Situated in San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island is home to one of the world's most notorious prisons - a place that was said to be inescapable due to its impressive fortifications and isolated location.

Now a tourist attraction, the prison had been home to many thousands of inmates over the decades, leading to stories of paranormal phenomena and sightings of apparitions within its walls.

Recently, a group of researchers who had been staying on the island as part of a study into erosion and the effects of climate change had their own brush with the unexplained.

The team had been sleeping in D Block - a dire area of the prison which once housed its most dangerous inmates - and near to where the mentally ill were also once kept.

"I did not like being in the hospital," said lead researcher Pete Kelsey. "That place gave me the willies."
When one of the team members managed to keep everyone else awake one night with his snoring, he agreed to go and sleep in the old mugshoot room instead where nobody could hear him.

The next morning, however, he was found sleeping outside the room in the hallway with all his gear.

When asked what had happened, he explained that he had been awoken in the middle of the night to the unexplained sounds of a crowd of people and someone playing the piano in the room above.

He could hear footsteps and furniture being moved around, even though nobody was actually there.

He was so terrified that he vowed never to sleep in the room again.

No explanation for the sounds he heard that night was ever found.

Source: CBS News | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Guyver 16 days ago
This sounds good but I don’t have time to read now.  Have to go.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Antigonos 16 days ago
Nothing new. Claims of paranormal phenomena occurring at Alcatraz have been around since at least the early 70s.  They were in several  books on ghosts I read as a kid. My favorite Alcatraz “ghost” was named Angry Angus. I’ve never forgotten that name ?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Guyver 16 days ago
Ok, so one researcher got freaked out by sounds at night, moved, apparently slept the rest of the night. It’s interesting, but apparently no one else heard the sounds.  Since he had to move because of his snoring, if the mug shot room was in another wing, which it probably was….that would explain why no one else could hear the sounds.  Yes, this is interesting.  Would have been better if the man recorded the sounds he was hearing so he could share it with the other researchers.
Comment icon #4 Posted by the13bats 15 days ago
Yawn, So a team member said the joint gave him the Willies meaning he is credious and superstitious and he put the idea into everyones heads then a member who snores hard hence deep sleep goes to another room and claims to have heard things maybe he did maybe it was hypnogogic but zero here to suggest paranormal. Back in Orlando I wasted time watching a extra cheesy ghost hunters at Alcatraz show these ladies had a electronic bird with motion sensor from dollar tree that made sounds. This was to use in Strouds cell the problem is Stroud didn't die at Alcatraz or keep birds there but their chea... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Cho Jinn 15 days ago
Supernatural activity.  Climate research.  I think we're done here.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Shadowsfall 12 days ago
I think it used to be a burger here in Oz……wasn’t bad either….?

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