Haunted Cornwall Jail

The old Cornwall jail now a museum is one of Ontario’s oldest public buildings and one of its creepiest. built in eighteen ninety-two it housed not just felons but the orphaned and mentally insane
in the 1960s the bodies of seven murderers were uncovered in forgotten graves in the courtyard these are just some of the many souls who lived, suffered and died within its walls and it seems their spirits linger on today.
We went there on a visitation we were giving a tour of a jail and it was really actually kind of funny because we
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were joking about what the cells were
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like and what it would be like inside
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the cells she actually locked you in one
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of the cells I didn’t think that’s very
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funny funny carries mom where are you
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Carrie Carrie Carrie right here I ended
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up getting separated from my friend and
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I ended up in this visiting area I I
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don’t know it was it was a really weird
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room was kind of creepy I wanted to get
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the feeling of what the inmates felt to
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see their family on the other side
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the phone rings and I answered it but
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there was a dead silence on the phone
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and I heard my name called so I turned
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and looked there wasn’t anybody there
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either then I heard my name again but
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louder and more more urgent so I turned
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and looked and again nobody they’re
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gonna felt a really really cold hand
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just swipe across the back of my neck it
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creeped me up so bad I took off running
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I was so freaked out then I stopped and
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it turns around and was a man there was
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this man sitting on the stool hit dark
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hair his eyes were very BD he was
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staring at me he’s staring at me as if
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you really knew me there are three
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phones in the guards office one leads to
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the police station one to the fire
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station and one directly out to the
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exercise yard they’ve all been
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disconnected I personally have been out
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in the exercise yard on two occasions
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with groups of people and the phone has
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ranked more than once so curious I
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walked over to pick it up and there was
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a buzzing sound in it hung it up picked
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it up again and it was dead nearly
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everyone who visits Cornwall jail
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reports the feeling of strange presences
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lurking in the maze of corridors cramped
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cells and common living areas others
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have actually seen apparitions from the
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jail’s brutal past spirits who seem to
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be trapped in this place by their evil
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deeds in the 1950s a horrible crime
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dominated the headlines for almost a
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year Peter BALCO an army sergeant from
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London Ontario brutally murdered his
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girlfriend
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they had met through the army in Quebec
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City and were returning through Dundas
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County where a fatal turn of events
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began to unfold
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marie-anne carriere was a former
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girlfriend the two had just recently
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started dating again but evidently on
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this date something went horribly wrong
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the couple argued and Marianne left the
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car and started walking to the nearest
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town Balcombe followed her and beat her
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to within an inch of her life then
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pulled out a knife and finished her off
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leaving her body to rot in a rural ditch
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after a lengthy trial Peter balcombe was
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sentenced to hang for his despicable
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crime
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he was the last person to take the
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somber path to death at Cornwall jail
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his spirit joined the many others whose
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bodies dropped lifeless from the gallows
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and were buried in the courtyard
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the kitchen area is quite an interesting
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area because during the renovations to
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build that region the excavators found
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two underground dungeons if you wish to
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call them that they were certainly very
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small square rooms no windows no way to
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get into them other than to drop someone
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from above sort of dropping them into a
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hole in the ground there was no record
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of them ever existing in the jail and we
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could find no one who knew of them or
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had any knowledge of them but yet there
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they were they existed and just by their
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sheer existence we could tell that they
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must have been used in the earlier days
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as some sort of a solitary confinement
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or a major punishment for any of the
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inmates the Cornwall jail was actually
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built in 1833 1834 was opened in 1834 in
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the early days it served as an insane
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asylum to a point because there were
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many people who would bring children
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that they could no longer take care of
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who were mentally ill and leave them
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with the jail keeper to spend the rest
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of their days here during the late 1870s
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a man by the name of Jim Sutherland was
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convicted of petty larceny and sent to
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Cornwall jail what he stalled was never
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recorded but his punishment was clearly
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documented he was to endure a severe
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whipping for a period of an hour with
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the use of fine cord until his body be
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bloody
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the hapless Jim Sutherland suffered
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further punishment at the hands of a
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cruel prison guard named Barnes who
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taunted and beat him mercilessly
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Sutherland would go missing for days to
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show up more bruised and beaten and even
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more withdrawn
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Jim Sullivan cool never made it out of
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Cornwall jail he died alone in solitary
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confinement another area of the jail
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that has had a fair bit of paranormal
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activity is the woman’s cell was built
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in the 60s and I know that the
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paranormal group has on tape what
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appears to be a woman’s voice whispering
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locket
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another area that has seen a fair bit of
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activity is the general population area
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there was cells for 10 people up there
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but in the nut last number of years
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there were oftentimes double that number
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of prisoners up there so it’s very
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crowded and reports are that there was a
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fair bit of violence up there so there
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seems to be a lot of paranormal activity
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up there we’ve had doors opening and
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closing and that’s where oftentimes the
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lights are on when we’ve turned another
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area of significant activity is the
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courtroom a place where an individual’s
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fate was decided it was here in the
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1950s that Henry Sagan’s fate was sealed
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Henry segen had a long list of previous
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convictions but in 1954 his life of
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crime came to an end
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he pulled into Leonard herds garage
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demanding the day’s take here Italy
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owner with a spray of bullets before
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fleeing the scene on the day of his
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execution Henry sagain sought the
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consolation of father Rudolph Phil knew
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but with only an hour before his
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execution the murderer collapsed at
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father vilnius feet dead from a
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self-administered dose of poison with a
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long history of enforced confinement the
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Cornwall jail is a breeding ground for
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paranormal activity visitors should
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listen for the sound of whispers and
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footsteps if they’re quick they may even
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catch a glimpse of the ghosts who lurk
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in the shadows there
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