Danvers lunatic asylum ― fear in Massachusetts
Americans call this Danvers mad house the “castle on the hill”. Built in 1878, it belongs to the first opened in the USA clinics for people suffering from mental disorders. Initially, the intentions of the staff working there were humane – they said they would not hide mentally ill people behind the walls of the “castle”, but take care of them, helping to return each patient to normal life. This lunatic asylum could take not over 450 people. However, less than in fifty years, in 1920-1930s the situation changed. More than two thousand of mentally ill people and criminals lived there without having a chance to leave the walls of that horrible place. The clinic’s staff simply did not have time to take enough care about each one of them, thus, the quality of treatment decreased. Psychiatrists of this institution used electroshock and lobotomy, conducted experiments on their patients. These methods were used even in teenage capriciousness treatment! The horrible place was closed in 1992.
Talgarth Mental Hospital and occupational therapy
Talgarth mental clinic was built in Wales as a usual hospital. Its patients could grow vegetables to cook dishes further. The institution had is private electric power station, sewerage and water systems, heating. Its staff really saved many lives of ex-soldiers wounded during World War I. However, after it the clinic’s management decided to redirect a medical institution to a mental hospital. Its staff also started practicing lobotomy. That time many psychiatrists believed that this operation would help stopping a patient’s aggression. However, the procedures’ results proved – after lobotomy each one turned into a helpless person with no memory and signs of dementia. These methods were strictly criticized in mass media, thus the hospital was closed in 1999. Today it is the popular in Wales place to show it to tourists. The ex-clinic visitors come there and watch cartoons and very bizarre images drawn on the walls of the hospital’s rooms. Some of them see ghosts! Local community does not give permission to any company to turn old Talgarth institution into anything else or rebuild the house.
Horror of Dr. Henry Cotton in Trenton
Trenton psychiatric hospital, opened in 1848 in New Jersey, today is known as the horrifying place, directed by a real insane person, Dr. Henry Cotton, in 1907 – 1930. Dr. Cotton seriously believed that mental disorders could be easily treated by…infections. He cut off various organs of patients, leaving people to exist without a kidney, stomach, part of liver, testicles, bladder, teeth. He infected mentally ill persons on purpose and did not give them antibiotic waiting when the process of “recovering” would start. Naturally, these barbarian methods did not help a single one. Patients simply died in agony. The list of Dr. Henry Cotton’s victims consists of thousands innocent persons, who were killed while “treatment”. Later Cotton tried to prove that his methods of work showed 90% of efficiency! It was nonsense, as the proofs of his guilt were deaths of innocent men and women. Most of his patients died while they were operated. After the death of the main mad man in the hospital – Henry Cotton, the institution decided to go on with these horrible experiments. Finally, the other doctors understood they were committing crimes and abandoned the clinic. Now only spirits of dead patients live there.
Norwich State Hospital― ghosts of Preston
That was the largest hospital for insane people not only in Connecticut, but throughout the USA. Each of its thirty buildings was connected with the other ones with tunnels. Over 3, 200 mentally ill patients were treated there. They say (and much evidence is found already) that this state hospital was a place for conducting scaring experiments on helpless people. Elderly people who could not live without anybody’s help and chemical addicts were also placed in Norwich clinic. The institution stopped its work in 1996. However, local people are sure – none of these 30 buildings is abandoned. Many tourists also see ghosts there and hear their moans, footsteps and even horrible screams. Watching “Ghost Hunters”, you will see this hospital in one of the episodes of this serial. Today people, attracted by a reality of mysterious events happening in this place, spend hours and even nights in the former hospital to record “ghosts” video.
Pennhurst state school and hospital ― haunted place
The seekers of adrenaline and new thrilling adventures can visit Pennhurst state school and hospital, built in Pennsylvania in 1908. Some of people can be surprised by the fact of combining a school and a mad house. However, the “students” of that school were special children and teenagers. Some of them could not hear anything, while the others were blind. Many kids born with malformations studied there. The state also sent to the institutions teens that showed aggression in their behavior. Naturally, mentally ill patients and epileptic people were also treated there. The place was crowded with its “inhabitants”. At the end of the 1980 the institution was forced to be closed. The official reason to do it was terrific. The hospital staff regularly raped patients including children. They pushed them to take psychotropic medications. Today the buildings of the hospital and school belong to most popular haunted places scattered in the world. People witnessed poltergeist there; they heard screams, moans and saw ghosts of ex-patients and kids who lived there before.
Murder in Metropolitan state hospital in California
Metropolitan state hospital was opened in 1927. That time Norwalk needed a very good clinic to treat mentally ill people. The hospital was built to take not over than 1,00 of patients, but since its first months of work the institution was overcrowded with people suffering from various mental disorders, panic attacks and neurological diseases. In 1929 the number patients getting treatment there grew in times. Meanwhile, that was not the biggest hospital’s problem. The most horrifying story connected with this place happened in 1978. Being a patient of the clinic, Melvin Wilson managed to find somewhere a hatchet and committed a bloody crime. The victim’s name was Anne Marie Davee. The woman’s body was cut into pieces and buried in several pits dug out around the hospital’s building. When the murderer was caught and everybody understood what the insane guy made, the staff of the hospital found in the criminal’s room seven teeth of Anne Marie, the victim. Since that time a rare person wanted to send his relative to that scaring place. Thus, in 1992 the clinic was finally closed. Today people say they often see Davee’s ghost there.
Topeka State Hospital ― Kansas pain
Probably no one will be surprised today if learning that the life of patients placed into a lunatic asylum is miserable. They take medications causing awful side effects. Treating their mental disease, they get health problems. Their liver, bladder, kidneys start working worse, they lose weight or, vice versa, gain much. However, all of these negative effects are nothing in comparison with the horrors which patients of Topeka State Hospital in Kansas (opened in 1872) suffered from. The hospital staff regularly punished insane people, raped them, used various tortures. They say, the cruelest “doctors” tied patients with belts and ropes and waited till helpless people would stop feeling their bodies. In 1990 the social movement which was organized to fight with lawlessness in mad houses, pushed the hospital staff started thinking about closing the institution. Today its work is demolished. However, those, who come to the hospital cemetery where over 1,000 of patients were buried, state – they saw ghosts there!
Ghosts of Trans-Allegheny lunatic asylum for addicts
The fans of “Ghost Hunters” can also see this hospital, placed in West Virginia (Weston) in an episode. Compared with the other American institutions for insane, that institution was rather small. Opened in 1864, lunatic asylum could treat not nor than 700 patients when all rooms of it were filled. Meanwhile, mostly addicts, suffering from alcohol and drug addiction were treated there. The hospital was their home for many years, but the living conditions there were disgusting. It was a dirty, wet, cold place; the food of patients was always undone or overdone. The staff of the institution did not care about physical health of ill people. Therefore many of them started to suffer from intestinal disorders, pneumonia, gastritis, kidney and bladder diseases. Finally, the place authorities decided to close the clinic. It happened in 1994. Since that time many paranormal events happen there. Locals consider Trans-Allegheny former hospital a haunted place. The most curious guys go there to “catch the moment” – record the images of spirits.
Irish victims of Magdalene asylum for women
Irish Magdalene asylum in Cork belongs to the oldest institutions built to help females showing some problems in sexual behavior. The hospital that was opened in 18th century (1765) housed prostitutes and women who showed some strange activity in sex. Meanwhile, instead of helping their patients and “guests”, nuns working in Magdalene asylum in Ireland punished and abused women. The hospital’s stuff could not feed women for many days. Many of females died there as they could not bear the tortures. The police investigation found that the nuns buried the bodies of dead patients near its building, hiding the cemetery from others. The horrifying news about that scaring place was a reason of is closure in 1993. They say, still spirits of female patients live in the ex-hospital.
Brutal experiments in Italian Poveglia Asylum
Poveglia is an island near Venice. Since 18th century it was used as "pit of plague" – infected Italians were sent there. Tens of thousands of ill people died there. Later, in the 20th century a psychiatric hospital for people with mental diseases was established there. The chief doctor used the most sophisticated methods of treatment. He could easily use torturers, conduct experiments of patients. He enjoyed making lobotomy and watching “the work of brain”. According to legend, finally he turned mad and committed suicide, jumping off the bell tower. Some people are sure – the executioner was pushed down by the ghosts, his victims, waiting for revenge. Soon after that, the hospital was abandoned, and the island was closed to visitors. Today it is patrolled by the Maritime Police periodically. To get there, you can negotiate with the captains of your yachts. However, it is not worth doing it, as the danger of catching any infection is quite obvious.
High Royds asylum and ghosts of West Yorkshire
High Royds asylum, opened in 1888, was a great modern hospital for that time. The institution had its own library, where the patients could take books to read them later in rooms. The hospital bakery regularly made fresh bread and buns, so mentally ill people could always get enough food. There was even a mini-store, clock tower and other useful small shops nearby the asylum. The patients were not closed in their rooms. They could work outside at the local farm. Some of them enjoyed cooking lunches and breakfasts for the other patients, the other ones worked in laundry. Meanwhile, the staff of the institution could not cope with modern ways of treatment and new psychiatric practices. The hospital was closed. Although there is no information still about any horrors connected with this place, people coming to High Royds say they feel the presence of ghosts.
Caged patients of North Wales hospital in Denbigh
The house for mentally ill people placed in Denbighshire, Wales is empty now, but despite this, passing through its corridors you feel like your blood freezes in veins. It seems that turning round its corner, you will meet a ghost of a lost patient. Since 2004, the North Wales hospital has officially received a historical status. Today it is a favorite place of photographers and historians. North Wales needed an institution to treat mentally ill people for long. Finally, money to start its construction work was found. November 14, 1848 was the official date of the asylum opening. Initially, the clinic could accommodate only 200 patients. However, the number of places increased rapidly. The largest expansion was recorded in 1899 – the clinic accommodated 1500 people. They say, lobotomy was practiced there and patients lived in cages! After such a rapid flowering, the urgency of the clinic began to fade away, and by 1995 it was completely empty and closed, turning into an eerie sight. Today authorities of Wales consider that turning this place into a prison would be a good idea.
Murderers of Taunton state hospital
Built in 1851, Taunton state hospital brought Massachusetts horrible fame. The place is known for its ex-patients, horrifying killers. Medical specialists found Jane Toppan and Lizzie Borden mentally ill women. That was evident – no one sane person could kill over 30 guys like Jane did, and no one female could murder her own father and another woman, like Lizzie did it. Meanwhile, not only these killers, insane people, brought bad fame to the asylum. It was almost proved that that the doctors of the hospital were Satanists, forcing patients to participate in black masses. However, these facts were not clarified. Meanwhile, in 1975 the hospital had to be closed. No one wanted to be a neighbor of really crazy persons – the hospital’s staff. Today people regularly witness there some strange shadows, hear whistles, screams. Some guys affirm that they saw paranormal light coming out of the hospital’s walls.
Violence in Whittingham Hospital
Those, who still think that English people are very modest, calm and polite persons, might change their mind when reading about violence in Whittingham Hospital. Although even initially it was a large institution to keep there about 2,000 patients, in 1920s over 3,500 mentally ill people were treated there. The rooms and corridors of the building were reconstructed – they became wider. Thus, the asylum became the largest in England hospital for treating people with mental disorders. Everything seemed to be great – more and more patients were sent there. Meanwhile, in 1965 the nurses reported about tortures and awful living conditions of the hospital. The investigation was started immediately. It was proved that the patients were regularly locked in tidy dirty rooms placed under staircases. The hospital staff infected them on purpose and punished unwanted insane people physically. After the scandal the asylum was closed, however it ghosts still do not want to abandon their place.
Athens lunatic asylum― Ohio ghosts
Another lunatic asylum built in 1874 in Athens, Ohio, would not differ much from similar places in the USA and Europe. The hospital staff also regularly used lobotomy to “treat” aggression, “helped” patients to recover with electroshock and hydrotherapy. Meanwhile, the most horrible and unexplained still event happened there in 1978, over a century after the institution started its work. The hospital’s nurses found naked dead female on the bed. No one could guess about the reason of her death and could not explain why the woman had no clothes on her. When the corpse was taken to the clinic’s morgue, everybody saw bloody stain on the bed where body was placed before. All the attempts to wash out the stain and remove it were senseless. They say, the ghost of this female is still wandering around the asylum scaring those who come to the place very late. Meanwhile, some curious people do visit Athens asylum after its closure in 1993.