Horrifying images have revealed the interior an infamous prison from a Hollywood film and Johnny Cash’s iconic appearance.
The once-bustling Tennessee State Penitentiary now sits abandoned near Nashville, with its eerie execution chambers and dilapidated cells.
Built in 1898, the prison has been abandoned since it closed in 1992.
But nearly three decades later, the hellish prison was torn apart after a tornado ripped through Tennessee in 2020.
A 40 meter long section of stone wall and several electricity pylons were knocked down.
Stacks of brick walls filled the prison courtyard, but no people were injured. CNN reported.
Brave photographer Jeff Hagerman decided to explore the ruined prison and reveal the shocking interior of the Tennessee State Penitentiary.
The chilling snaps show the prison’s forgotten hospital and dental equipment used by criminals decades ago.
Another picture shows a warehouse full of prisoners’ discarded work overalls and cardboard boxes.
The infamous prison has been the setting for acclaimed films, including the Stephen King-inspired films The Green Mile, The Last Castle and Walk the Line.
Singer Johnny Cash also performed for prisoners in December 1968 and recorded a live album in 1976 entitled A Concert: Behind Prison Walls.
Due to its condition, the prison can now only be used for exterior filming.
However, parts of the facility are still used by the Department of Corrections as a storage facility and training area for its Strike Force unit.
The prison’s most notorious inmate was murderer James Earl Ray, convicted in the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis.
In a 1973 television interview, Ray complained that he had been living the life of a “caveman” in solitary confinement in prison.
He claimed Tennessee prison officials told him he would remain in solitary confinement until he gave up his efforts to get a new trial.
In Cuba, haunting images revealed the interior of the infamous prison where Fidel Castro was imprisoned.
The feared Presidio Modelo on the Isla de la Juventud (Island of Youth) fell into disrepair after unrest more than five decades ago.
In 1953, Castro spent two years there with his brother Raúl and was imprisoned by Fulgencio Batista’s regime after leading a failed attack on the Moncada barracks.
The same prison then housed enemies of the new regime and developed a reputation for being overcrowded and harshly treated. AtlasObscura.com Reports.
Presidio Modelo’s architecture is heavily inspired by the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois.
The Cuban prison from hell can accommodate up to 5,000 inmates and has five buildings with a panopticon design.
In nearby El Salvador, thousands of rival skinhead gangsters are packed like sardines in a hellish prison.
The Center for the Containment of Terrorism (CECOT) in Tecoluca opened six months ago to combat gang violence in the murder capital of the world.
The mega-prison is packed with 12,000 bitter rivals from two of the most feared gangs, MS-13 and Calle 18, which were born on the streets of Los Angeles in the early 1980s.