Brushy Mountain Penitentiary is located near Petros, an eastern Tennessee town surrounded by rough forestry and stunning natural vistas and operated from 1896 to 2009. It housed Tennessee’s most violent and ruthless inmates. Many of them received 200+ year sentences, effectively ending their life of freedom. The prison was originally constructed by the prisoners themselves, who faced alleged abuse throughout the entire process. It was eventually rebuilt, again by the prisoners, utilizing the prisons quarry.
Brushy is best known for the incarceration of James Earl Ray, the man who assassinated Martin Luther King, Jr. On June 10th, 1977, Ray attempted an escape with six of his other inmates. He was captured less than 58 hours later – he had only made it eight and a half miles.
The prison has been investigated countless times and many individuals report the sound of screaming people, metal bars banging, cold spots, poltergeist activity, and apparitions. You can reserve your own paranormal investigation on their website.
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