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Is Joliet Prison Haunted?

Is Joliet Prison haunted?  Pat and Rebecca explore another south suburban Chicago landmark with a haunted past – Joliet Prison. Over its 140+ year history, Joliet Prison housed thousands of inmates and has been used in several popular movies (Blues Brothers) and television shows (Prison Break, Empire). But is it haunted?

Questions Explored in this Episode

When did Joliet Prison open? Who are some of its famous inmates? What happened during the prison riot of 1975? Are there any ghost stories associated with the prison? What happens on paranormal tours of the prison? Are there ghosts that haunt this prison?

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Joliet Prison at Night Photo by Rebecca Rivers
Joliet Prison at Night Photo by Rebecca Rivers

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Ghost Story – Joliet Prison

Listen to Rebecca tell a ghost story inspired by her research into the stories told about Joliet Prison.

Joliet Prison 2nd Floor Window Photo by Rebecca Rivers
Joliet Prison 2nd Floor Window Photo by Rebecca Rivers

History of Joliet Prison

Pat covers some of the key highlights of the prison’s history. Throughout it’s history this building has seen a lot of inmates and a lot of change.

The Debate for Joliet Prison

Rebecca has some strong evidence to debate, including a sighting by Pat and Rebecca themselves while visiting the prison. There is also the ghost of Sausage King Adolph Luetgert’s wife and the singing ghost in the penitentiary cemetery. What will they rate each story?

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Sources for this Week’s Episode

Joliet Prison Website: https://www.jolietprison.org/
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joliet_Correctional_Center
Joliet Area Historical Museum: https://www.jolietmuseum.org/schedule-tour
Patch.com: https://patch.com/illinois/joliet/tormented-spirits-are-haunting-old-joliet-prison-ferak-column
Chicago Mag: http://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/October-2018/A-Night-Hunting-Ghosts-at-Joliet-Prison/
Joliet Hauntings.com: https://www.joliethauntings.com/history-and-hauntings
Troy Taylor Books: http://troytaylorbooks.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-sausage-vat-murder.html

Additional Reading

Haunted Joliet Prison by Wendy Moxley Roe
The Haunting of Joliet Prison by Usula Bielski

Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann