mansfield reformatory,

This week took forever to decide what photo to use. We visited the Mansfield Reformatory and the photo ops were truly incredible.
These are a set of chairs found in the west cell block chapel. (I believe they are also found in the movies Shawshank Redemption and AirForce One)
I love the writing in the dust.
I used my iPhone 6, Aviary to make it black and white, and added the focus to the center.
Hope you guys love this as much as I do!
Lots of outtakes under #outtakes on my blog from this visit!

I’m continuously amazed at the shots you guys manage to capture with your phones. This is wonderful @haveuseenmyhalo! The composition is perfect as well as the edit. What an interesting place to visit too! - RK
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Mansfield Reformatory

Also known as The Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield reformatory first opened its doors to 150 young prisoners in 1896. It’s doors continued to stay open, seeing over 155,000 men in total come through, until December of 1990. The reformatory was, at first, a center that housed young, petty criminals. The first inmates that were admitted actually helped with construction on the building. However, construction would not end until 1910 due to funding issues.

Regardless of the crime, many of the men that walked through the doors of Mansfield Reformatory never left. In fact, their bodies reside in bleak, unmarked graves on the property. While many of them died from Influenza or tuberculosis, others were not quite as normal. Many of the more unnatural deaths occurred in solitary, then called simply The Hole. Of those, there were many suicides, inmates using whatever they could to end their lives and the suffering of being locked in a small cell. 

In 1930, a riot occurred in the east wing of the reformatory, resulting in the guards condemning 120 prisoners to share 12 small confinement cells without food or water. In July 1948, the reformatory’s farm boss along with his wife and daughter were kidnapped by two ex-inmates who were looking for a little revenge. They were all three shot to death. Still, the bloodshed was not over. Only two years later, the Warden’s wife suffered an accidental gun wound that would prove fatal. Within the same decade, the Warden would follow her in death due to a heart attack in his office.

Since the reformatory was closed, the building has been left mostly to historical tours along with paranormal tours. Tour guides have reported being pushed even even punched by things they couldn’t see or touch. Witnesses have also claimed to see shadow figures on the property.

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Robert Murl Daniels, 24, and 22-year-old John Coulter West (right) met while serving time at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. The latter was convicted of auto theft while Daniels was imprisoned for robbery, and they both were released in the summer of 1948 for good behavior. Together, they embarked on a crime spree that ended with seven people dead and became known as the “Mad Dog Killers.” Their first murder was committed on July 10 during a hold-up at a tavern in Columbus, where Daniels later confessed West shot the owner Earl Ambrose four times. The pair returned to Mansfield to seek revenge against a guard by the name of “Harris,” but when they couldn’t find him, they targeted farm superintendent John Niebel. On the night of July 21, they entered his home and kidnapped the family to a nearby cornfield. Niebel along with his wife and daughter were forced to strip before Daniels shot each of them in the head. West was responsible for the two other murders of  25-year-old farmer James Smith and truck driver Orville Taylor. Daniels and West’s spree came to an end when they were stopped at a road-block in Taylor’s truck on July 23. West engaged in a gunfight with the police, and he injured two officers before being shot to death. Daniels was apprehended without a struggle and boasted about his role in the murders, claiming he would have wiped out all the faculty at the reformatory if he had more time. In an interview shortly after his arrest with the officer responsible for apprehending him, he admits to killing three out of the six people, then winks at the camera and says, “I got my share.” Daniels was convicted of murdering the Niebel family and sentenced to death. He was executed on January 3, 1949.