There have been rumors of ghosts on Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay for years. Though officials dismiss these reports, visitors, select employees and security guards have all claimed hearing moans, crying, and in some cases banjo music — rumored to be from Al Capone’s ghost. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much in the way of evidence supporting these stories.
Until now, maybe…
The Daily Mail reports that Sheila Sillery-Walsh was visiting at Alcatraz on a vacation from Birmingham, England, with her partner Paul Rice. Here’s how she recounted the story to the publication:
Alcatraz Penitentiary is a must-see for any tourist. However as soon as we entered the prison, everything felt very eerie. I didn’t feel comfortable there.
Whilst doing an audio-tour of the place, I casually stopped to take a snap of the empty visitation block window on my iPhone.
When I glanced at the photo on my mobile, I saw this dark female figure in the picture. I looked at the window again and there was no-one in the room.
I knew straight away that the woman in the photo was a ghost and showed the snap to Paul.
From that point onwards, I wasn’t interested in the Alcatraz tour anymore. I just kept looking at the picture over and over again!
Initially, Rice thought it was Sillery-Walsh’s reflection, but “The woman’s hair and clothing is from a different era — it looks like she’s from the 1930s or ’40s.”
The couple did try to find out who the woman was by speaking with staff on site, but so far no one recognizes her.