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Old Haunted Licking County Jail

46 S. 3rd St., Newark, OH , 43055
740-891-4039     |
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Decades after the last inmate walked out of the old Licking County jail, echoes of the lives spent within its walls and the deaths that have occurred here still resonate among the empty cells.

The Old Jail has had far more than its share of horror. It was built in an age where punishment was deemed more important than correction and in a place where corruption was as likely an outcome as justice. The Imposing structure was designed to look more like an ancient castle and has more in common with the Tower of London than with any modern correctional facility. The Jailor/Sherriff and his family lived within these glum walls as well as the inmates and within the walls of this Castle like structure 3 of the Sheriff's died, along with numerous inmates. Infamous murderers including "The Hand Saw Slayer", "The 22 Caliber Serial Killers", "The Proposal Day Murderer" and many more were housed here, but the most infamous death/killing here at the old jail was so shocking it made national news., that of Carl Etherington, a Dry-Agent Detective being held at the jail for protection from an angry mob of over a thousand people who had gathered demanding he be turned over to them to face their lynch mob justice. They stormed the jail and rammed the North entrance of the jail door down before finally gaining entry. They rushed up to the second floor cell block where Etherinton was being held and beat him to death with a hammer. The mob then drug him out of the jail and up to the Southeast side of the Town Square where they lynched him to a telegraph pole. It is said that nearly 5,000 people including women and children all came to take a peak at the hanging agent.


Opened in 1889 the Old Licking County Jail housed prisoners for 100 years. Seated right next to the Old Canal (now Canal St.) in downtown Newark, Ohio. It has been called the Mini Ohio State Reformatory of Mansfield.

Paranormal Claims

Full Body Apparitions captured on Video in the Matrons Quarters located on the 3rd Floor near the Women's cell block. Numerous EVP's and Spirit Box captures all over the old jail. A full body Apparition captured down in the Dungeon on a Trail Scout Camera. The paranormal activity here is off the charts. There are 15 know deaths that occurred inside the walls of this old Jail. 3 Sheriffs, 5 Inmate Deaths and 6 suicide Inmate deaths. These Spirits are crying out to be heard.



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