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I don't know how many of you get caught up in researching asylums/hospitals but to me it's half the fun. My professional background adds to this as well. I've recently come across some great books and thought I would share.

1-The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases From a State Hospital Attic
Authors: Darby Penney/Peter Stastny

2-Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945
Author: Jeffrey L. Geller

Michael Ramseur. Looked more like a child's coloring book than a professional text as it is listed.
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The remains of Northampton State Hospital

In the summer of 2001, I took my first pictures of Northampton State Hospital (only the exterior - I don't venture inside buildings AT ALL. Too chicken.) Sadly, the only one that I could find was of the bench at the entry to the facility, but I did find the negatives, which I'm going to try to have processed.

Anyhow, I went back there today to snap some more exterior pics, now that the Kirkbride building has been demolished. Condos are springing up, and the construction workers looked at me suspiciously as I snapped away with my BlackBerry, but I didn't even get out of my car -- again, the chicken reflex. Pics behind the cutCollapse )

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This is Glamtron, your mod with a new name. It seems to have been pretty quiet lately so I was hoping maybe to stir up a little something.

Check out our profile. If it's missing something please pipe up with a suggestion, or any suggestion in general ok? Is your favorite place missing from the interests? Let me know I'll make sure it gets added!!!!!!!!

Callan Park Hospital for the Mentally and Criminally Insane.

From here:
The facility formerly known as Callan Park Hospital for the Insane (1878 to 1914) is located in the grounds of Callan Park, an area on the shores of Iron Cove in the Sydney suburb of Lilyfield in Australia. In 1915 the facility was renamed Callan Park Mental Hospital, and again in 1976 to Callan Park Hospital. Since 1994, the facility has been formally known as Rozelle Hospital. In April 2008, all Rozelle Hospital services and patients were transferred to Concord Hospital. The Callan Park (Special Provisions) Act 2002 restricts future uses to health and education, but the New South Wales Government has not revealed its intentions for the site.


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New and looking for help



I am new here, and, like many of you have been searching all of my life for some sort of proof of the afterlife.

To be honest, I haven't found much and despite my collections of ghost stories, my avid watching of supernatural reality television, and my visits to haunted locations, I still find myself in need  of proof that SOMETHING exists after this.  I'm assuming I'm not alone.

I call this being a Ghost Skeptic....someone who is quite obsessed with the supernatural and life after death, but someone who still doesn't quite believe it exists. 

So I'm writing a article...I'm trying to gather a collection of TRUE stories from people who have had experiences.  I'm not the first one, nor will I be the last, but this is something I am very dedicated to.

Please, if you have a story, let me know in your reply.  If you'd rather tell me over private e-mails, I'd be happy to do that as well, just give me your e-mail address as I will be making ALL replies screened and will not post any you would rather not have me post.  Having as many details in your stories is very important...the names of places and buildings, dates, years, etc.  Names can be changed if you wish.  

I will not use past posted stories, as I will require your permission to use said story if I actually do finish this.  Even if I don't, I will send all of you what I have compiled.

Either way, this is just the beginning of this adventure (well the prologue is written) and I hope to find real people on Live Journal to participate.  I ate lunch at a place called The Asylum just last week, which is located inside of the Jerome Grand Hotel, a place that was formerly a hospital and asylum.  I hope someone has posted about that place, several things have been known to have happened there!

Thank you for your time, and here's to not being a skeptic any longer!

If this is not allowed, I apologize. 


st anns

the only asylum i know off where i live is st anns, i live in bournemouthm dorset, UK.
st anns is the county mental asylum with patiants from people with mood disorders to complete psychotic mass murderes.
if i needed to be admitted to a hospital tghis is where i would go, you can volentary go there.
im guessing the really insane are locked away but they do have a day room where all patiants can go.

anyway here is a picture

yes i know its not as horror looking as some of the abandoned ones in america, but its still pretty creepy.
and its still open.

Haunted Asylums



Wow I’m so glad I found this community on Haunted Asylums.

I live in Tasmania, Australia which is home to the oldest mental asylum in the Southern Hemisphere Willow Court/Royal Derwent Hospital. The oldest Building in the complex dates back to 1829 where it initially housed invalid convicts. The whole complex is huge, whilst some place have been torn down over the years there would still be around 20 odd free standing wards!

There have been many Hauntings at Willow Court/Royal Derwent over the years. Some of the most famous would be Ward 5 and Frescarti. In Ward 5 there was a report by staff that there was male hating ghost that would appear as a blue tinge on a white wall and would throw males around The Tasmanian Catholic Church stated if they felt it necessary they would perform a type of exorcism in the ward. In Frescarti a cleaner once went inside and was found hours later unconscious with blood all over the walls, he stated that he was thrown around by something he couldn’t see.

I believe I have even captured some ghosts on camera in one of the children’s wards.


For more information about Royal Derwent/Willow Court visit my site

For more pic's take a look at my photobucket account at

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