Hanford, CA

California jail's 'strange activity' featured on 'Ghost Hunters'

JM McBride

A Hanford, California, city official is appearing on an episode of the television show “Ghost Hunters,” to discuss “strange activity” in an abandoned jail in the city.

“Look for City of Hanford Building Superintendent Randy Shaw in the SEASON PREMIERE of Ghost Hunters on discovery+ and the Travel Channel on Thursday, April 6,” a statement from the City of Hanford says.

Jail.Photo byTim HüfneronUnsplash

Warner Bros. Discovery said in a press release that, in downtown Hanford, California, “sits an imposing, abandoned county jail more than 125 years old. The Bastille, as it is known today, has captured the imagination of the residents who, for decades, have reported encountering apparitions and other strange activity in this building.”

According to the release, in the years since this “former Wild West jail was shuttered, many businesses have come and gone inside the old building, but they all share one commonality – claims of chilling paranormal phenomena.”

Now, many believe that the “decades of suffering and tragic deaths that occurred inside the jail are behind the ongoing hauntings. Joining TAPS on this investigation is actor Chandler Riggs (‘The Walking Dead’), as well as investigators Satori Hawes and Cody DesBiens,” the release says.

According to the Hanford Sentinel, the jail closed in 1964. According to the website California Haunted Houses, "Around 1897, The Bastille was a prison until 1964 when the old ceiling caved in. Recently, it contained restaurants and night clubs, along with some ghosts, so the stories say. In restaurant kitchens, pots and pans have moved on their own and a heavy presence or feelings of being watched have been reported. The building is now rented out as office space."

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