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Escape: It may have been used as a movie set for iconic Hollywood films, but its lasting legacy is one of murder and violence

Escape: It may have been used as a movie set for iconic Hollywood films, but its lasting legacy is one of murder and violence

Insane: Of over 200 inmates who died in the prison, some committed suicide by setting themselves on fire, others hanged themselves after enduring windowless solitary confinement

Pictured: Haunted remains of Shawshank Redemption prison

Insane: Of over 200 inmates who died in the prison, some committed suicide by setting themselves on fire, others hanged themselves after enduring windowless solitary confinement

Man in the electric chair at Ohio State Penitentiary, 1901 - Ohio, the second state to adopt electrocution, was proud of its humane choice of execution and issued souvenir cards of the procedure...After the condemned is prepared, the warden may again read the death sentence, then he signals the executioner to pull a lever, sending a 15 to 30 second jolt between 1,000 and 2,000 volts into the condemned..

Man in the electric chair at Ohio State Penitentiary, 1901 - Ohio, the second state to adopt electrocution, was proud of its humane choice of execution and issued souvenir cards of the procedure...After the condemned is prepared, the warden may again read the death sentence, then he signals the executioner to pull a lever, sending a 15 to 30 second jolt between 1,000 and 2,000 volts into the condemned..

Unsanitary: Ohio State drew condemnation for being overcrowded in 1933 when research group of educators and prison experts described its conditions as a 'disgrace'

Pictured: Haunted remains of Shawshank Redemption prison

Unsanitary: Ohio State drew condemnation for being overcrowded in 1933 when research group of educators and prison experts described its conditions as a 'disgrace'

Violence: Prison guards would carry out the worst beatings deep beneath the prison grounds, far away from the prying eyes of the overcrowded cells (pictured)

Pictured: Haunted remains of Shawshank Redemption prison

Violence: Prison guards would carry out the worst beatings deep beneath the prison grounds, far away from the prying eyes of the overcrowded cells (pictured)

Haunted: Tourists say they hear whispers from its empty, rusting cell blocks which once housed dangerous prisoners from all over the country

Pictured: Haunted remains of Shawshank Redemption prison

Haunted: Tourists say they hear whispers from its empty, rusting cell blocks which once housed dangerous prisoners from all over the country

Cruel: In the 1970s, a coalition of civic and church groups claimed that  prisoner's rights were being violated because they were forced to live in 'brutalising and inhumane conditions' inside Ohio State (pictured)

Pictured: Haunted remains of Shawshank Redemption prison

Cruel: In the 1970s, a coalition of civic and church groups claimed that prisoner's rights were being violated because they were forced to live in 'brutalising and inhumane conditions' inside Ohio State (pictured)

Stunning: These images were captured by urban photographer Cindy Vasko who was 'in awe of the impressive, beautiful castle-like architecture'

Pictured: Haunted remains of Shawshank Redemption prison

Stunning: These images were captured by urban photographer Cindy Vasko who was 'in awe of the impressive, beautiful castle-like architecture'

Haunting: Tourists still claim they hear faint conversations and footsteps inside the barren cells of Ohio State Reformatory

Pictured: Haunted remains of Shawshank Redemption prison

Haunting: Tourists still claim they hear faint conversations and footsteps inside the barren cells of Ohio State Reformatory

Haunting: Tourists still claim they hear faint conversations and footsteps inside the barren cells

Pictured: Haunted remains of Shawshank Redemption prison

Haunting: Tourists still claim they hear faint conversations and footsteps inside the barren cells

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