|The outside of the Old|
Charleston City Jail.
My hairs stood on edge as I listened to Paulette Foley, the Bulldog Tour Guide, tell us stories behind this old jail. It was a cold night, but these chills weren't only because of the low temperatures. She told us of the unknown number of prisoners that came through this building, too many to count, and of the notorious criminals who were sentenced to live their last days there.
Criminals ranging from Civil War prisoners, to petty thieves, to murders were sent to this gruesome hell-hole to live out their sentences or until they died. The mortality rate in this prison was not very high. In 137 years, 14,000 inmates died from malnutrition or dehydration, along with the 600 who were executed. "It was infested not only with overcrowded prisoners, but with everything else that could get through the barred windows as well," said Paulette. "From the research I've done," she added, "I know that they had no energy to kill each other, they were just trying to survive day by day."
|Zach in the Crane of Pain.|
|One of the cells Lavinia|
Fisher could have stayed in.
The very last hanging in the state of South Carolina took place at the Old Charleston City Jail in 1911. The prison didn't close down until 1939. There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that there are countless sad, lingering souls who are stuck here in this world, specifically in this jail, trying to find their escape from this purgatory they are stuck in. Until they do, they will haunt the living and use their consistent presence in the jail as entertainment.