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The Prisoners are two unseen monsters found in Toluca Prison in Silent Hill 2. They are located in one cell in each of the prison keeping hallways and seem to chant "ritual". Although the radio does not emit static in their presence, the Book of Lost Memories notes them as monsters.[1]

Despite the fact that they cannot be seen by the player, James Sunderland can ready a weapon, attack and even kill the creatures using a firearm. However, they are completely harmless and James is in no danger from the creatures. They emit a very human-like cry if killed.


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Silent hill 2 prison monster cam hack

Video of the Prisoner's cell.

The Prisoners seem to chant "ritual". It's unclear why these Prisoners are there.

  • One prevalent theory is that the Prisoners were discussing a ritual involving inmates being sacrificed by the executioners of the prison (the Valtiel sect of the Order).
  • They could be referring to the "Rebirth" ending. When "ritual" is reversed, it sounds like "Are you sure?". This could represent James's conflicting thoughts on whether or not he should perform the ritual for Mary's Shepherd-Sunderland's resurrection. Similarly, "The Reverse Will", the ending music of the "Rebirth" ending, contains subliminal messages that can only be heard when the song is reversed.
  • The Prisoner could represent Mary, as it is a defenseless being entrapped in a room and James (depending on the player's action) puts it out of its misery.
  • The Prisoner could support past theories about how James is, in a way, similar to Pyramid Head, due to the oppressive dominance James displays if he shoots it.


  1. Book of Lost Memories - Monsters


"Are you sure?"
SH3Radio AreYouSure
"Ritual" reversed
SH3Radio SH2 Prison Monster
The Prisoner's voice chanting "ritual"
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