Chillicothe Correctional Institute Cemetery

Chillicothe, Ohio

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The Chillicothe Correctional Institute Cemetery is located on the south side of Larrick Lane in Chillicothe, Ohio (Union Township, Ross County). The coordinates are 39° 21' 58.76" N, 83° 1' 22.73" W.

The Chillicothe Correctional Institute Cemetery is still used for inmate burials. There are rows of marble, rectangular state issued gravestones. With the exception of one "Unknown" stone, all contain names and dates of death. The more recent gravestones also contain birthdates. The cemetery is very well maintained.

Speaking of the "Unknown" marker, Brian Fields sent me the following information:

CCI used to be a federal prison and is on the site of the old Camp Sherman. It could be an old headstone from that era. Also, I work at the prison and one night, while escorting a plumbing crew, we found an old headstone like it under the administration building basement which was being used as a storage area.

In June 2006 I received an e-mail from Chris Engel regarding one of the gravestones pictured above:

I saw that you have a photo of Stephen Vrabel's grave on your site. You might want to note that Vrabel was executed for the murder of his girlfriend and her (their?) 3 yr old daughter.

In September 2009 I received an e-mail from Keith A. with some additional information about the cemetery:

I retired from Ross Correctional in 2001 as Business Administrator. The Business Office has all the records on the burials.During the construction of CCI in 1928, several inmates escapes and some died of gunshot wounds several days later after being found down by the Scioto River. CCI also is used by other institutions in the southern half of the state.

A big thanks to Mike Hill for visiting this cemetery with me, and for telling me about it!

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