Specters in the Slammer (Ghosts in Georgia)
How about a little pre-Halloween scare to get us ready for October 31st, The Real Thing?
Looks like there are spirits needing to be sprung, from jail that is, specifically the old Pickens County Jail, located on Main Street in Jasper, Pickens County GA.
A little history about our jail: The Old Pickens County Jail was in use from 1906-1982. The first floor of the building is where the sheriffs and their families lived. It includes a children’s room, complete with a peep hole for the children to be able to peek at the prisoners. Another room was used as the family room. There was a master bedroom for the Sheriff and a kitchen that was used by the sheriff’s wife to make meals for the family as well as for the prisoners. The meals were fed to the prisoners by sliding the food through a slot in the kitchen wall. Behind the house is a well and there was a garden at one time. The upper level of the building is where the jail cells are located. The jail had room for 16 prisoners but often held many more than that amount. On the second floor was housed a working gallows equipped with a drop floor. The gallows was never used as far as we know, for official hangings. Although there were no official hangings, it is said that there was a prisoner suicide at one time.
13 sheriffs and their families lived in this jail when it was in use. The Sheriff and deputies helped federal agencies find and destroy local moonshine stills, and arrests were made due to this. (As you can imagine, the mountains of North Georgia held plenty of places for those to make moonshine). The prison held all kinds of delinquents, who had committed many different crimes, due to this, the jail houses many, many years of negative energy.
Hi, My name is Jeanne Wells and I am a paranormal investigator and the Author of the upcoming book about The Ghosts of Georgia; Georgia’s Ghostly Mysteries and Haunted Histories. I recently had the opportunity to investigate the old Pickens jail with The Murray County Paranormal Investigations Group. The group came equipped with all of the modern day ghost hunting equipment including a ghost box, which spirits are able to communicate through. The investigation came up with some interesting findings.
As I look out through the bars of the window, I can’t help but notice a bank next door. How ironic that is, and I wonder what a temptation this must be for the thieves who were incarcerated there and never got the chance to leave. How frustrating it must be for these specters to see this bank day after day, night after night and to have that temptation there, and not be able to do anything about it.
It started with an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) and ended with a ghost box session. During the investigation, a woman’s hair was pulled, perhaps by the spirit of a feisty prisoner. Another saw a ghostly apparition suddenly appear behind another person and then quickly disappear. The most exciting part of the investigation was the ghost box session. One of the sessions was in the jail cells on the upper level. An eerie voice came through the ghost box and said ‘moonshine’. As I have stated before, the jail most likely contained many prisoners over the years who had been arrested for selling moonshine. This disembodied voice was apparently one of them. Another session was held in the children’s room on the lower level and when one of the investigators asked if they knew that they were dead, he received the answer ‘no’. It is said that sometimes, when a person passes, they do not realize that they have died. This sounds like one of those occasions.
During the investigation, I took many pictures and got pictures of orbs in many of the shots. An orb is a ball of energy thought to be one of the ways that the dead can manifest themselves. One particular photo intrigued me the most. It was a picture I had taken of the hanging noose at the gallows. There was an orb floating right by the noose as if the head of an unseen spirit was still in it, and that the spirit was, literally still “hanging around”.
This penitentiary is dark and dreary, and the air is heavy and oppressive. I can’t help but think what a tragedy it would be for one of these lost souls to have to spend all of eternity behind these old and time worn bars.
I would like to thank the Murray County Paranormal Investigations Group for a night full of intrigue and a great ghostly experience.
Be on the lookout for more ghostly articles and my upcoming book about the ghosts here in Georgia, which will include many of the buildings in our surrounding area. Visit and Like my Facebook page, Spirits, Angels and the Paranormal.
Article and photographs by Jeanne Wells (Excerpts from upcoming book Georgia’s Ghostly Mysteries and Haunted Histories).