When you have a small cold and one of your relatives recommend that you should visit a doctor, what do you imagine? Simple air conditioned rooms with beautiful and attractive nurses to greet you and take care of you? But the hospitals and asylums listed below were beyond what you would imagine. Continue reading and pray for those wrongly treated souls.
1. Taunton State Hospital- Located in Taunton, Massachusetts
Taunton State haunted hospital was built in 1854 as a psychiatric hospital, and it brags a rather horrifying history. One of the hospital’s most famous patients was Jane Toppan, a serial killer who confessed to having murdered at least 31 people while working as a nurse. Rumors persist that some of the doctors and nurses would take the (obviously unwilling) patients into the basement and use them to conduct satanic rituals, and in its later years both patients and doctors reported feeling a tremendous sense of unease when even approaching the door to the basement. Reports abound of a “shadow man” who would crawl on the walls and watch the patients. At least you wouldn’t feel lonely, right?
2.Waverly Hills Sanatorium
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky, was built in 1910 to provide shelter to 40-50 tuberculosis patients. Closing in 1962, the hospital is thought to have seen over 63,000 deaths within its walls. Due to the lack of advancement in TB treatment in the early years, the majority of people sent to the hospital died. Not all deaths were due to the TB infection itself, some of the patients who died were believed to have been mistreated, and questionable experimental treatments were common. Due to the many deaths and mistreatment of patients here, the number of paranormal reports is high. Like many haunted locations, the souls that stay behind after death, often do so because of the suffering they experienced whilst alive. Incredible footage was caught by the Ghost Hunters investigators, when they caught the figure of a small boy walking across the hall. There have also been reported of other apparitions throughout the building, as well as fleeting shadows, disembodied voices/screams, whispering, and footsteps. People name it haunted hospital.
With an alleged 63,000 deaths taking place inside its walls, this place is up to its eyeballs in spirits, not surprisingly topping lists of America’s most haunted spots. Originally built as a tuberculosis hospital in 1910, the building saw many die from the disease – but tales of mistreatment and dubious human experimentation trickled out. And patients left the premises in what was known as the “death tunnel”, or “body chute”.
Apparitions include Timmy, a boy who likes to play with rubber balls who’s been caught on tape; the nurse who hanged herself in room 502; another nurse who fell from the same room’s window;and scattered screams and footsteps
3.Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.
This former mental asylum in West Virginia is infamous for the pain and mental suffering of patients. It was built in 1858 for the care and treatment of up to 250 mental patients. These numbers eventually grew to over 2,000, which resulted in severe overcrowding. The history of mistreatment of patients is harrowing, with reports of patients being locked in cages, chained to walls, undergoing electroshock therapy, and over 3,500 lobotomies. Sadly, as a result of this severe mistreatment, several hundreds of people died. There have been reports of numerous apparitions, shadowy figures, screams, and disembodied voices. Thousands of visitors have reported hearing the words “get out” when they’re on one of the tours of the asylum.
This impressive structure – allegedly the world’s second-largest hand-cut stone masonry building after the Kremlin – looks like it was designed as the set of a blockbuster thriller. Built around the Civil War era, the asylum was designed to house around 250 patients, but ended up holding more than 2,400, including, for a brief period, the infamous Charles Manson. That’s the opposite of a celebrity endorsement.
Along with severe overcrowding, profound abuse abounded – people were locked in cages, lobotomized with icepicks, chained to things – and the combination led to hundreds of deaths and a palpable air of suffering. Apparitions are aplenty, like the still-deranged patient Ruth, who likes to attack visitors. And, since the asylum was also briefly a Civil War military base, uniformed soldier-ghosts roam the halls. Thousands have claimed to hear voices telling them to get out this haunted hospital.
4.The Ridges- The Ridges
Which was formerly known as Athens Lunatic Asylum, is located in Athens, Ohio. The institution opened in 1874, and promised to treat and house the criminally and mentally insane people. It was a place of peace and relaxation when it first opened its doors, however, this soon changed as the building became increasingly overcrowded. Staff began to punish their patients with ice baths, electroshock therapy, beatings, and for persistent offenders, lobotomies were also carried out.
There is a true story on this. OnDecember 1, 1978, a female patient named Margaret Schilling disappeared from one of the active wards. On January 12, 1979, they found her body in the abandoned top floor of ward N. 20. This ward had been used for sick, infectious patients, and had been closed down for years. They had searched the hospital for the woman when they realized she was missing but apparently hadn’t looked in ward N. 20. When a maintenance man discovered her body lying on the floor in front of a window, she had been dead for several weeks. The official cause of death was heart failure– probably due to her exposure to the December cold in an unheated section of the hospital. She apparently locked herself in the ward as a game, hiding from hospital employees. Before she died she took off her clothes and folded them neatly nearby.
One has to wonder why she didn’t call for help. Part of the legend that has not been confirmed is that she was a deaf mute. It’s possible, I suppose, but it’s also possible that she was just mentally ill and didn’t reason properly. Now we get into the ghost stories. Some say that Margaret Schilling wanders the building at night. They say that other patients, especially those who died at the hospital, wander the building at night. Rumors about patients chained in the basement dungeons add fuel to this kind of thing.
5.Royal Hope Hospital
Royal Hope Hospital, located in St. Augustine, Floridal, was a Spanish military hospital from 1784 to 1821, before eventually being abandoned and later destroyed. A replica of the original hospital was later built to house the wounded during the Seminole War. Eventually, St. Augustine city workers were attempting to repair some water lines and dug in the area of the old hospital, only to discover that it had been built on what appeared to be an old Native American burial ground. As you might expect, due to its rather gruesome history, and the fact that it was constructed on those sacred grounds, many reports have suggested it is, in fact, one of the most haunted places in all of Florida. In the surgeon’s office, there have been reports of the equipment shaking on its own; while in the ward, visitors have said that the beds have actually jumped and knocked at their legs as they passed by. All of this despite the fact that it is not the original building. However, those who believe say the spirits of those who died at the hospital have remained on the grounds through all of these years.