She is ‘the kind of woman to avoid’ said Bodmin Jail’s paranormal manager
In the dark corridors of Cornwall’s old jail, the ‘ghost’ of an agitated woman lurks menacingly.
Wandering around the grimy cells of Bodmin Jail, the apparition often reveals itself to visitors, who have reported feeling unsafe in her presence.
She was caught on camera by the jail’s paranormal manager Kirsten Honey.
“I think it is an old woman described as the hag often seen within the walls of Bodmin Jail. She doesn’t reside in one spot she wanders through the corridors,” Kirsten said.
“Other people have witnessed her and felt fear or unsafe with her – she resonates a very uncomfortable feeling.
“She is extremely agitated and grumpy and would be the kind of woman to avoid.”
Kirsten said she felt uncomfortable herself.
“I think she was held at the jail for her tempestuous ways,” she explained. “I felt like I should stop, turn away and walk in the other direction.
“The picture was taken during our last lockdown about four months ago in the Naval Wing which is part of our attraction and now open to the public.”
It’s not the first time a ghost has reportedly been seen at Cornwall’s old jail – which is believed to be the county’s most haunted location.
In 2018, the ‘ghost’ of a jealous man who murdered his young lover after she dumped him was filmed by Tony Ferguson, who claimed he can “communicate with the other side”.
He said at the time he and his wife Bev made sure they were the only visitors in the attraction and they captured many ‘supernatural’ incidents including faint voices, strange electronic voice phenomena and light orbs flying around the rooms.
Tony believed the ‘apparition’ caught might be that of William Hampton, the last man to be hanged in the county.
William Hampton, from St Erth, was convicted of murder at Bodmin court on June 24, 1909 and was sentenced to death.
A month earlier, the 24-year-old strangled his girlfriend Emily Tredea, 16, at Vicarage Row in the village.
According to website British Executions, the man met the teenager in Cornwall after working several years in America.
They got engaged in 1908 but, a few months later, after Emily is thought to have said she would not stay with William anymore, he killed her in her family house.
The murderer gave himself up to the police after running away from the scene. He was executed on July 20, 1909 and became Cornwall’s last person to be hanged.