MANSFIELD, Ohio — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was previously published in an unrelated story.
The Ohio State Reformatory – better known as the Mansfield Reformatory or "Shawshank Prison" – has been labeled as the most haunted location in the entire state.
That’s why Tanner Wiseman and the team behind Destination Fear are heading to Mansfield for a paranormal investigation that’s set to air Saturday night on the Travel Channel.
“All bets are off when Tanner picks one of America's most depraved prisons to investigate,” according to Destination Fear's site. “He unveils a fear experiment so diabolical that the team is forced to decide whether to part ways or to continue on this road trip from hell together.”
The episode airs Saturday, Aug. 14 at 9 p.m. EST. It will re-air a few hours later at 1 a.m. If you miss either of those airtimes, the episode is also set to rerun on the following dates:
- Saturday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. EST
- Sunday, Aug. 22 at 12 a.m. EST
- Saturday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. EST
- Saturday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. EST
Destination Fear, which is now in its third season, features the brother / sister duo Dakota and Chelsea Laden along with best friend Wiseman as they “hit the road on a nail-biting cross-country journey to pursue paranormal evidence, spending the night inside America’s most haunted abandoned buildings.”
The Mansfield Reformatory, which has been showcased in numerous television shows ranging from Ghost Hunters to Ghost Adventures, was most recently featured in a paranormal investigation for the Travel Channel’s Portals to Hell with Jack Osbourne. That episode, which aired last year, was touted as having the first-ever televised investigation inside the prison’s original solitary confinement.
The prison, which closed in 1990, is also the backdrop in several movies -- most famously for The Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. With public tours available throughout the year, the reformatory transforms into a haunted attraction known as Blood Prison each Halloween season.