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Decades after the last inmate walked out of the old Licking County Jail in Newark Ohio, echoes of the lives spent within its walls and the deaths that have occurred here still resonate among the empty cells and unquiet halls. The Old Jail has had far more than its share of horror. It was built in an age where punishment was deemed more important than correction and where corruption was as likely an outcome as justice. The Imposing structure was designed to look more like an ancient castle and has more in common with the Tower of London than with any modern correctional facility. The Jailor/Sherriff and his family lived within these glum walls as well as the inmates and within the walls of this Castle like building three of the Sheriff's died of heart attacks here, a fourth Sherriff had a heart attack at the jail but managed to live 10 minutes at the hospital before passing on. At least 16 inmates have died at the jail, half from suicide. Infamous murderers including "The Hand Saw Slayer", "The 22 Caliber Serial Killers", "The Proposal Day Murderer" and many more were housed here, but the most infamous death/killing here at the old jail was so shocking it made national news., that of Carl Etherington, a Dry-Agent Detective being held at the jail for protection from an angry mob of over a thousand people who had gathered demanding he be turned over to them to face their lynch mob justice. They stormed the jail and rammed the North entrance of the jail door down before finally gaining entry. They rushed up to the second floor cell block where Etherinton was being held and beat him to death with a hammer. Then the mob drug him out of the jail and up to the Southeast side of the Town Square where they lynched him to a telegraph pole. It is said that nearly 5,000 people including women and children all came to take a peak at the hanging agent. The Govnor of the state called in the national guard to restore order and canned the sherriff and Newarks Mayor. Then there is the case of "Laura Devlin" a 72 year old women who went mad and killed her husband then cut his arms and legs off with a hand saw and placed his arms and head in her oven and cooked them, she threw his torso out into the back yard and waited for weeks to try to convince the authorities he had died and been shiped for burial elsewhere, who also called the old jail her home for awhile.