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5 Abandoned Asylums Whose Backstories Would Make For Terrifying Movies.

Most people are familiar with the old axiom that real life is stranger than fiction. This is absolutely true in old mental health facilities around the United States.

The public mental health system was a corrupt and overcrowded nightmare before the modern era of mostly privatized mental health facilities. These five facilities did some amazing work in their prime. However, when budgets dropped and patient loads increased, they became terrifying spectacles of human pain and suffering.

Hollywood horror films have nothing on these places.

1.) Danvers State Hospital.

This hospital was built in Danvers, Massachusetts in 1887 with the intention of delivering compassionate care and treatment to the mentally ill. However, that focus on compassion caused the number of patients within Danvers to increase. The structure was designed to accommodate just 600 patients, but by 1939, more than 2,000 patients were packed into the building.

As you might imagine, this lead to severe overcrowding and patient neglect. Danvers was also the birthplace of the ever-popular lobotomy. The procedure was used liberally on scores of patients crowding the facility. That’s almost too horrifying to even imagine.

2.) Topeka State Hospital.

Topeka State Hospital became better as time went on, but when it was bad, oh boy was it bad. The story that made this hospital infamous happened when a journalist when to visit the facility during the early 1900s. The first thing he saw was a patient strapped to a bed. The patient was there for so long that his skin had started to grow over the restraints. Among the other horrors at the facility during that time were patients chained up naked for months at a time.

The state of Kansas ordered a panel to study and fix the problems at the facility in 1948. Things surprisingly got better after this. By the time the facility shut down in 1997, Topeka State Hospital was one of the leading psychiatric facilities in the country. It’s still pretty horrifying that they used to chain up their patients like that.

3.) Fernald State School.

This facility originally served as a home for troubled and disabled young boys. For many of the children there, it was actually more like a prison camp. The boys received an extreme level of abuse from both their fellow children and the facility leaders. They also received a sub par education. The worst thing that happened to these boys was definitely the Quaker Oats radiation experiment.

In the 1950s, researchers at MIT fed members of the Fernald science club irradiated Quaker Oats as a way to study how the body absorbs radiation. Though the dose of radiation was not fatal, Quaker Oats and MIT still paid out a huge settlement to members of the science club. Parts of the Fernald facility are still in operation today, and serves as home for mentally disabled adults.

4.) Trenton State Hospital.

The Trenton State Hospital, like so many on this list, began its life with the best of intentions. All this changed when Dr. Henry Cotton became the hospital director in 1907. While Cotton did some good things for the facility, his unique theory on mental illness would doom many patients.

Cotton believed that all mental illness was caused by infections, and began to perform invasive surgery on patients in an attempt to cure their illness. He boasted a success rate of 85 percent, but that’s only because many patients did not survive these operations. Most of these surgeries were also performed against the patient’s will. Cotton remained at Trenton until 1930. The facility is still in operation today, but parts of the campus are abandoned.

5.) Metropolitan State Hospital.

Metropolitan suffered from many of the same problems as the other hospitals on this list. However, it’s well known for the death of Anna Marie Davee. Davee was a patient at Metropolitan, who suddenly disappeared in 1978. In 1980, her killer was discovered as a fellow patient, Melvin Wilson.

Wilson took police to the two graves that he buried Davee in. If that wasn’t creepy enough, Wilson kept 7 of Davee’s teeth with him as a memento after he killed her. The facility was completely closed down in 1992.

Via: io9

Jeez, these are creepy. Why doesn’t Hollywood draw from any of these real life stories for their new horror films? They’d be so much better than what’s out there right now. The story behind Trenton State Hospital is still sending shivers down my spine. 

These Guys Slept In An Abandoned Cathedral And It’s Just As Creepy As You’d Expect

My idea of a good Halloween celebration is dressing up and going to parties or watching scary movies all night.

However, some people aren’t as easily satisfied when it comes to the spooky holiday, like the YouTubers Bros Of Decay. These guys love urban exploration and aren’t afraid to stay in seriously creepy buildings.

That said, it makes sense that they’d choose an abandoned cathedral to sleep in for All Hallows’ Eve. They definitely weren’t disappointed with their experience.

Of course, things got extra dark and creepy as soon as they stepped foot inside.

When they reached the cathedral room, they were greeted with this beautifully eerie sight.

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The structures were stunning, if not a little unsettling in the lack of light.

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The place would be the perfect setting for a haunting.

The cameraman wanted to check out the old organ, so he bravely broke away from the group and climbed these old stairs.

The view of the cathedral room was even more unnerving from upstairs.

The keyboard was dirty and likely out of commission.

But the organ pipes were pristine and looked like they were just waiting to be played.

After taking another set of stairs farther up, he finally reached the area that housed the church bells.

Besides resembling a scene from a horror movie, everything in the room was covered in bird poop.

He even found this creepy covered hole that opened to the ceiling of the cathedral room.

When it was time to pick where they should sleep, they walked down this dark hallway in the residential area of the building.

Read More: What Was Waiting Inside This Coffin For These Urban Explorers Will Freak You Out

They quickly discovered that it was really dangerous when one of them almost stepped through the floor.

The group also found this door, which revealed another hidden door behind it through the hole. Who else is dying to know what’s in that room?

Surprisingly, they all got a good night’s sleep. But the next morning, they found more creepiness when they came across this well in the courtyard.

If you want to see their entire experience for yourself, check out the video below.

I have to admit that looks like it would be fun with a bunch of people, but could you imagine being there alone? Me neither.

You can find more of the group’s brave urban explorations on their YouTube channel. I know I’ll be watching them.

Exploring A Condemned Duplex Is Creepier Than You Might Think

For many people with an adventurous streak, there is nothing more interesting than exploring abandoned homes and buildings.

There’s just something about the experience that really gets your blood pumping. It’s so interesting to spend time in these spaces and wonder what happened inside those walls before they succumbed to disuse and neglect.

Sure, everything is broken down, but you can usually walk away and go about your daily life as usual afterward without being too disturbed. Unless, of course, you’re Redditor Asherbaby.

Asherbaby and one of his friends decided to explore a condemned duplex located directly behind the friend’s house.

The exploration started innocently enough.

But things quickly took a turn for the worse. I really hope that’s not blood.

Then they started noticing these bizarre tally marks on the walls.

It looks like someone was stuck in here for days, marking each one with a line and watching time slip away.

They just went on and on and on…

In the corner of one room was this creepy-looking video camera.

And what scary abandoned house would be complete without a bunch of handwritten letters sitting around?

They were scattered everywhere.

When Asherbaby put these photos up online, commenters said it looked a lot like the home of a schizophrenic.

Despite the obvious signs to stop, they continued exploring.

While nothing happened to them, Asherbaby said that the place had a really bad vibe.

(source: Reddit)

If I know my horror lore (and I do), Asherbaby and his friend are due for a visit from a very creepy demon or ghost in the near future. Sorry, guys.