Abandoned psychiatric hospital and their stories

Here are a few of abandoned mental hospitals that have stories,true stories of horror and terror more chilling than these photos.  As many of today’s mental health facilities have so many flaws. They can still do more harm than good.

01. Trenton State Hospital

Photo from an abandoned building at Trenton State Hospital, by David Scaglione.

The Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, originally the New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum, was founded in 1848 by mental health advocate Dorothea Lynde Dix. It was the first public institution to employ the Kirkbride Plan, which promoted patient privacy and a welcoming, naturally lit environment.

It was New Jersey’s first public mental institution – and the place where one mad doctor’s brutal methods turned the facility into a hospital of horrors.

02. The Hospital of Seven Teeth

In 1978, Metropolitan State patient Anne Marie Davee was murdered by another patient, Melvin W. Wilson. Wilson dismembered Davee’s body and kept seven of her teeth which were discovered in his possession by employees of the hospital. Despite this discovery and its obvious implications, no action was taken against Wilson until Massachusetts State Senator Sen. Jack Backman (D-Brookline) led a Senate investigation into the case along with 19 other reports of negligence by state mental health workers. On August 12, 1980 Wilson led investigators to at least three burial sites where he put pieces of Davee’s body. Much of the material evidence in the case had been destroyed or gone missing. This evidence included a “hut” in the woods where Davee and Wilson met, clothes and even sheets which hospital employees discovered the day after her disappearance. Nearly two months after her murder, another search by hospital staff yielded pieces of Davee’s clothing and belongings along with a hatchet, the supposed murder weapon.
Architect, builder, or engineer: Kobb, Gordon S. Architectural Style: Colonial Revival Area of Significance: Architecture, Health/Medicine, Social History Period of Significance: 1925-1949 source: nicklehood

03. Psychiatric Hospital L

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04. Topeka State Hospital

The Topeka State Hospital as it stood in November, 2008

The Topeka State Hospital, a publicly funded institution for the care and treatment of the mentally ill in Topeka, Kansas, was in operation from 1872 to 1997. Located at 2700 W 6th st, the hospital opened in 1879, after the Osawatomie State Hospital, once thought to be sufficient, became overcrowded with mentally-ill patients.

The first buildings in both Topeka and Osawatomie were designed by John G. Haskell who was among the architects of the Kansas State Capitol.

In the early 1900s, there were stories of patients being abused, neglected, or raped. Patients were often left confined or chained for long periods of time.[citation needed] In the 1940s, reforms at the hospital changed conditions for the better

Stephanie Uhlrig worked as a music and activity therapist in the general hospital population. One of the patients at Topeka State Hospital was Kenneth D. Waddell, who had been placed in the custody of state mental health authorities after having been found not guilty by reason of insanity for the charge of aggravated battery. Waddell was initially placed in the Larned State Security Hospital, but on April 1, 1987, he was transferred to the Topeka State Hospital where he was placed in the Adult Forensic Ward (referred to as the “AWL unit”), which was a special unit secluded from the other units because it contained higher risk patients. This unit was closed due to budgetary constraints, and Waddell was eventually moved into the general population.[citation needed]

On February 23, 1992, Uhlrig and another therapist took Waddell and other patients off grounds to watch a movie. Upon returning to the hospital and dropping off the other patients, Waddell attacked and killed Uhlrig, and her body was found in the bathroom in one of the buildings on the grounds.

The United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, decided on Aug. 30, 1995 that “While Uhlrig’s murder was undeniably tragic, it was not the result of reckless and “conscience shocking” conduct by the state mental health administrators sued in the instant case,” thus affirming the district court’s grant of Defendants’ motion for summary judgment. source: Wikipedia

There is one story from Topeka State Hospital that is sure to make your skin crawl: According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, a reporter visited the facility at some point during the early 20th century and saw a patient who had been strapped down for so long that his skin had begun to grow over his restraints. Other patients were chained up while naked for months at a time. For many residents at that time, however, life offered a different similar sort of hell, even if they were unrestrained: an unending boredom. Patients were given nothing to do, nothing to stimulate their minds, and so they sat in rocking chairs in the hallway all day, rocking and staring and doing little else. read full article at io9.gizmodo.com

05. Whittingham Hospital

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London’s Whittingham Hospital was at one time the biggest mental foundation in Great Britain, and it was a pioneer in the utilization of electroencephalograms. In any case the mental asylum’s legacy was forever spoiled in 1965, when an arrangement of strange charges against the staff of the St. Luke’s division started to rise. Through the following few years, these affirmations started to spill out into the news media and the papers couldn’t wait to proclaim accusations on cases that patients were fed food blended together nourishment called “slops,” that some were given just bread and jelly to consume, that they were secured out the yard amid severe weather, that they were put to bed on cots wearing just vests, that a few patients were locked out of the washrooms.

One patient charged that staff employees would frequently apply a “wet towel treatment” to patients, actually twisting a wet towel around a young boys neck until the patient fainted. Others asserted that patients were beaten and then locked up in a storeroom. One boy reports that two medical caretakers had poured a flammable liquid onto the shoes of one boy and the robe of a different boy setting both blazing on fire.

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The affirmations were routinely denied by the staff, however, both the head nurse and the matron resigned as a direct result of the embarrassment. Furthermore the authority investigation into the matter came after a medical attendant was indicted for homicide after one of the elderly patients he had attacked passed away. This mental hospital shut its doors in 1995, and the majority of the structures on the premises are still now standing intact. source: damnstraightneednotapply.wordpress.com

Psychiatric hospitals, also known as mental hospitals, mental asylums or simply asylums, are hospitals or wards specializing in the treatment of serious mental illness, such as clinical depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.source Wikipedia