If you know me, you know I'm down to check out haunted places, especially if they are in our state. One place I want to check out is the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary. According to people this jail was the last stop for notorious inmates. One of their most famous prisoners was James Earl Ray. James' most notable escape was back in 1977.
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James Earl Ray gained fame when he was convicted for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr in 1969, after pleading guilty. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison, his fourth time in prison. After serving several small sentences for things like armed robbery and burglary, he was sentenced to 20 years for repeated offenses in 1959. In 1967, he escaped by hiding in a bread transport truck on its way out to pick up bread for the prison bakery. He stayed on the move from the U.S. and Canada for almost 2 years before he tracked down MLK and shot him dead. It was later found that he had several facial reconstruction surgeries to make his face look different, and he died in prison in 1998 of Hepatitis C. #jamesearlray #martinlutherking #peace #assassination #ray #history
The penitentiary is located near the Tennessee town of Petros and was in use from 1896 up until 2009.
This prison has become a place that a lot of tourists want to visit. There's so much history in this prison which you can actually check out in the video below.
You can also go on a ghost tour and walk through the prison where the spirits of the many men who died. Which BTW if you want to watch a guy go in and go on a ghost hunt in the prison check it out below!