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Google Street View car captures ghost on camera at a house near haunted prison

Google Street View car captures ghost on camera at a house near Ohio State Reformatory
Google Street View car captures ghost on camera at a house near Ohio State Reformatory
Photo courtesy of Google via screenshot from John Albrecht

The last time the Google Street View car visited Ohio, it captured a creepy image of what appears to be a ghostly figure in a house near the Ohio State Reformatory. The houses in the area were originally homes for prison guards and the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society announced on Monday that they plan to obtain the run-down property to use as a lodging house for ghost hunters that investigate the prison.

The Google Street View car was in Mansfield, Ohio in June 2012 capturing images for Google Maps and Google Earth. The car was travelling on Annadale Avenue near the Ohio State Reformatory when it captured something strange in one of the windows of a house it was passing. In the Street View screenshot, a ghostly figure of what appears to be a female spirit appears in the top window of a house located at 417 Annadale Avenue.

The house on Annadale Avenue is one of ten houses located on the other side of Olivesburg Road across from the old Ohio State Reformatory and Richland Correctional Institution. Mansfield Preservation Society Board of Trustees representative Ed Meehan hopes to acquire the property and rehabilitate it, turning the house into a lodging area or a bed and breakfast for paranormal investigators. All of the brick houses are identical and were at one point part of the Hancock Heights neighborhood which was home to construction workers that built the prison and later prison guards that worked for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Construction of the Intermediate Penitentiary began in 1886 and in 1891 the name was later changed to the Ohio State Reformatory. Inmates started arriving in 1896 and the prison was in operation until 1990. Over 200 deaths have occurred in the facility. Many people believe that ghosts of former inmates haunt the old prison. It is suggested that the angry spirits are still doing time and are forever trapped in the reformatory.

The Hancock Heights community consisted of ten identical brick houses that were built to be used as rentals for people that were employed by the prison. The houses were designed by German bricklayer Jacob Scholl.

What exactly is the eerie figure? Is it a visual pareidolia? Could it actually be a ghost? Sound off with opinions in the comment section below.

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