Mansfield Reformatory

Now a tourist attraction, the gothic Mansfield Reformatory opened in 1896 and housed prisoners for about one hundred years. It is said this set of The Shawshank Redemption is heavily haunted.

“The administration wing of the prison was a home and office to Warden Glattke and his wife Helen. Both of them died in this section of the prison. Helen Glattke’s death was controversial. Helen accidentally knocked a loaded .32 automatic pistol off a high closet shelf while attempting to remove a jewelry box from the shelf. The gun went off when it hit the floor and the bullet struck Helen killing her instantly.

A decade later, Warden Glattke died of a heart attack in his office. It is believed that both the ghosts of Warden Glattke and his wife Helen haunt the Reformatory. At certain times, visitors can feel cold rushes of air move over their bodies. Strange anomalies are regularly recorded in the administration wing. Photographic orbs and equipment failure are common. The now infamous pink bathroom is also in the administration section. Visitors to the pink bathroom reportedly smell fresh flowers and perfume scents.”

And this is just one story among many. Public ghost hunts and tours delight the public, and result in some remarkable photographs. For sheer creepiness, it is hard to beat. Being haunted is a bonus.

2 Responses to Mansfield Reformatory

  1. Becky says:

    I would like to comment on the stories of Helen and Warden Glattke. I have been conversing very much with Ted Glattke, the youngest son of Helen and the Warden. Ted actually contacted me about a month ago after reading my write-up on the Mansfield Reformatory. After discussing all of the stories I’ve read online about Ted’s parents, and what some of the MRPS members have told me, specifically Monica Reed and “Dr.” Ken of the OGHS, Helen did NOT die immediately after she was shot. Per Ted, Helen was taken to the Mansfield hospital and passed away there. The Warden did have a heart attack at his desk, but he also passed away at the hospital.

    Please keep watch for our web page on the paranormal and investigations. I will be posting most of what Mr. Ted Glattke has been telling me, correcting what the MRPS members say to mislead ghost hunters and tourists. We are in the process of building the site, but it will be completed soon.

  2. Cat says:

    Thank you so much for posting–I appreciate the correction of the quote. I look forward to seeing your website!