At the former Oregon State Insane Asylum, between 1883 and 1970, thousands of people died while they were in the hospital. If a person's body was not claimed by their families, their cremated ashes were sealed in a labeled canister and stored at the hospital. "On my first visit to the hospital, I am escorted to a decaying outbuilding, where a dusty room lined with simple pine shelves is lined three-deep with thousands of copper canisters." David Maisel (photo also courtesy of David Maisel)

In June of 1972, a woman appeared in Cedar Senai hospital in nothing but a white gown covered in blood. Now this in itself should not be too surprising as people often have accidents nearby and come to the nearest hospital for medical attention. But there were two things that caused people who saw her to vomit and flee in terror. (click the link for the rest of the horror)

Door to what had been the violent wards of the Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts before the building was torn down.

“Altar of Castration” For 350 years, the Catholic Church castrated young boys to stop their voices breaking, instead of simply letting women sing in their choirs.   The lives and testicles of hundreds of thousands of boys were sacrificed to a single passage from the Bible.

"Tertiary syphilis would arise between three to 15 years after infection." By this time it would no longer be transmissible. So you could have had sex with this lady and not gotten it.

Patient who arrived at the hospital with symptoms of pneumonia is given an x-ray, only to discover his neck is full of needles. The patient is a heroin addict who would shoot up into his neck, he would then pass out or fall asleep and the needles would break off into his neck.

Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY, 1938. A mental patient strapped into a continuous-flow tub. This method was used to calm down the patient. Their bodies were greased, which enabled them to remain in the tub for hours and gradually fall asleep.

Psychiatric Hospital

In 1920, Oregon's Opal Whiteley was the center of international controversy. Her childhood diary was called a work of genius, until readers discovered hidden clues to a mystery that has not been solved to this day.

A poster created for the New York State Department of Health encouraging examination and treatment for syphilis: 'Your family needs protection against syphilis Your wife or husband and children should be examined and treated if necessary.' Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project, circa 1936. A young girl who was held captive, tortured for three months and eventually killed by a woman and her children. the story of Sylvia has gone down and one of the most horrible acts to ever happen to one person.

During war, people sent triangular folded letters because of the envelope shortage.

This picture was taken by a friend of this person's daughters. She, along with her boyfriend, and a couple of other friends, were camping and naturally taking lots of pictures. When they had the film developed, they were not only stunned, but very saddened to find what appears to be a lonely little girl standing behind them.

Harry McShane, of Cincinnati. 16 years old on June 29, 1908. Had his left arm pulled off near shoulder, and right leg broken through kneecap by being caught on belt of a machine in Spring Works factory in May 1908. Had been working there more than 2 years. Was on his feet for first time after the accident the day this photo was taken. He died in Cincinnati one month short of his 86th birthday. Despite his injuries and disability, he worked for the railroad for many years. by Lewis Wickes Hin...

One of the scariest haunted hospitals. The hospital is the second largest hand cut stone building in the United States. The hospital was built to hold 250 mentally ill patients. In 1950 the patients numbered 2400. Many were tormented, tortured and believed to be murdered there. Charles Manson once was a resident there. The asylum closed in 1994.

Restraints in mental hospital

"Ergot is derived from a fungus and it was used by midwives and doctors in the 1800s to promote contractions in birthing women. Directions on this bottle state the content was only to be used under medical supervision. Ergot also stopped bleeding after childbirth, but was also a traditional remedy to induce abortions."

The tunnels. Danvers State Mental Hospital, Danvers Massachusetts. The scariest place on earth.

On November 18, 1978 912 followers of American cult leader Jim Jones ("Peoples Temple") died in a remote South American jungle compound called "Jonestown" in British Guyana. Some members were shot, others were forced to drink poison, but most willingly participated in what Jones said was an act of "revolutionary suicide."

American History, James Madison, U.S. Presidents, Madison Steel, States Presidents, Engravings 1881

Worcester State Hospital then (1949) and now