Eastern State Penitentiary opened in 1829 and was operational until its closure in 1972. The facility designed a variety of horrific and barbaric physical and psychological torture regimens for various infractions, including dousing prisoners in freezing water outside during winter months, chaining their tongues to their wrists in a fashion such that struggling against the chains could cause the tongue to tear, strapping prisoners into chairs with tight leather restraints for days on end. The worst behaved prisoners were locked up in a pit called "The Hole", an underground cellblock dug under cellblock 14 where they would have no light, no human contact, and very little food for as long as two weeks. It’s better known guests included mob boss Al Capone, famous Bank robber Willie Sutton and James ‘Big Joe’ Bruno. Over the years prison staff, maintenance staff, security and visitors alike have all reported alleged paranormal activity here. These include a screaming black mass swooping down the long corridors and from cell to cell. Disembodied faces, voices, footsteps and tormented screams, full bodied apparitions and even visitors being poked or grabbed.