10.St. Augustine’s Asylum
Also known as Kent County Lunatic Asylum, St. Augustine’s Asylum is located in Chartham, Kent, England. It was open from 1876 to 1993, and in those 117 years, the building was home to an immense amount of human suffering. In the 1970s, a nursing home nurse partnered with a local university researcher to create an extensive report on all the inhumane injustices they witnessed within the walls of St. Augustine. In particular, they detailed the overuse of electroshock therapy in patients, whether the “ treatment ” was warranted or not. Visitors to Augustine’s remaining structures report feeling watched, hearing footsteps behind them, seeing lights sparkles, seeing orbs and sudden feelings of dread and depression. And even if there is nothing supernatural about the place, any video of the rotten and gloomy interior is sure to disturb it on its own.
9.Ararat Lunatic Asylum
Ararat Lunatic Asylum, later renamed Aradale, was Australia’s largest asylum when it opened in Ararat, Victoria, in 1867. Authorities did not completely close the facility until 1997. It had housed tens of thousands of patients in its lifetime. . including thousands of violent criminals whose mental conditions prevented them from being held in traditional prisons. Ararat was frequently cited as one of the most haunted places in Australia until it was repurposed as a university. Due in part to the more than 13,000 patients who died within its walls, Ararat was said to be home to numerous wraiths, trapped in later lives of suffering. This has made it one of the most popular ghost tour spots in the country.
8.Taunton State Hospital
Taunton State Hospital opened in 1854 in Taunton, Massachusetts, and during its lifetime it housed thousands of people with mental health problems. The most notable of these was Honora Kelley, nicknamed “Jolly Jane.” Jane confessed to 31 murders and said her goal was “to have killed more people, defenseless people, than any other man or woman who ever lived.” It is said that her work is not finished, so she pursues what is left of the asylum to this day. Other rumors about the location persist, including the belief that a satanic cult ran it. Apparently, the cult would use the patients as sacrifices in dark rituals in the basement of the hospital. Most of the ghost encounters have also taken place in the basement, including a shadowy figure crawling along the walls, watching, and an invisible force preventing some visitors from passing the bottom step of the stairs. basement.
7.Beechworth Lunatic Asylum
Beechworth Asylum, also known as Mayday Lunatic Asylum, operated from 1867 to 1995 in Beechworth, Victoria, Australia. During those 128 years, more than 9,000 patients died within its walls, and some remain still. A ghost is said to be a woman who was thrown from an upstairs window just for being Jewish, and the rabbi called to transfer her to treatment doctor. He couldn’t get there in time to save her from a slow death on the Beechworth lawn. Another is a young boy, James, who talks to the visiting children. There are ghost doctors, nurses, patients, and a whole cast of ghosts next to him, each with their own sad or spooky backstory.
6.Athens Lunatic Asylum
In 1874, Athens Lunatic Asylum opened in Athens, Ohio, welcoming both people with mental disorders and the criminally insane. The nursing home quickly became overcrowded, underfunded and notorious for patient abuse. Electroshock therapy and other cruel practices were common, but worst of all is the frequent use of ice pick lobotomies by staff. On the facility grounds there are thousands of graves containing unidentified patients. The tombs are unnamed, but are marked with numbers, although any number system they represent has since been lost. Ghosts are almost impossible to miss when visiting graves. Inside, there is supposedly a left outline of a patient’s corpse, which cannot be removed with repeated cleaning.
5.Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
Paranormal activity or not, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia is an impressive structure. It is the second largest asylum in the world and the second largest hand-cut stone masonry building (after the Kremlin). It is as intimidating as it is massive. Despite its size, it was only intended to house 240 patients. In the 1950s, it housed ten times that number. Including, for a brief time, Charles Manson. In addition to overcrowding, abuse and neglect were part of the course at the site. Visitors report feeling an overwhelming sense of suffering at the site, as well as seeing apparitions. A ghostly resident is named Ruth; she is known for attacking visitors. Screams are often heard from the electroshock chambers. A building manager reported seeing 40 patient room doors slam shut simultaneously. The current owners have embraced the property’s reputation and host ghost tours and other paranormal-themed events.
4.Danvers Lunatic Asylum
Danvers Madhouse is special. It was built in Danvers, Massachusetts, or as it was originally called: Salem Village. Yes, that Salem Village, site of the famous 1692 witch trials. The building was designed in a dark gothic style and became the inspiration for HP Lovecraft’s Arkham Sanitarium, which later inspired the Arkham Asylum of Batman’s fame. . It is bad that the experience has been called a modern concentration camp. Severe overcrowding meant that patients were routinely forgotten, often leading to accidental days of isolation or several days without food. The place has come to be nicknamed “the birthplace of the prefrontal lobotomy,” which says a lot. Unsurprisingly, prior to its near-total demolition, the abandoned asylum was famous for its hauntings, ghostly lights, and inexplicable sounds.
Pennhurst Asylum began as a school for the physically and mentally handicapped in 1908 and quickly evolved into something else. For example, a former patient filed a federal class action lawsuit against asylum. Halderman v. Pennhurst State School & Hospital proved that Pennhurst had violated the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights of its patients and led to the landmark decision that disabled persons in state care have “a constitutional right to adequate care and education.” Some of Pennhurst’s alleged abuses include chaining patients to its walls, tying adult patients to children’s cribs for days, and even the blatant murder of problem patients. Lots of high-profile paranormal investigations have been conducted at Pennhurst, and almost everyone has left with at least one chilling experience.
2.Rolling Hills Asylum
The small town of East Bethany, New York, is known almost entirely for being the home of Rolling Hills Asylum. Along with the mentally disabled, the facility also housed the physically disabled, criminals, the homeless, orphans and even widowed women; all of them, regardless of the reason they were there, were known as prisoners. About 2,000 patients officially died at the asylum, and many more are believed to have been quietly buried in nameless graves throughout the property. The site is known for its unusually high amount of paranormal activity. An example is the famous Shadow Hallway, a hall with supposedly the darkest apparitions anywhere in the world. Another famous Rolling Hills ghost is Roy Crouse, a 7’5 “giant who lived and died on the property. He still haunts the building, though he’s at least a benevolent specter.
1.Waverly Hills Sanatorium
The Waverly Hills Sanitarium began as a school, which later became a tuberculosis ward designed to house 40 patients. After a brutal tuberculosis epidemic, the facility shot more than 400 patients. The overcrowding was combined with mistreatment of patients and even rumors of illegal medical experimentation. It is commonly alleged that between 20,000 and 63,000 patients died within its walls. Perhaps the most famous feature of Waverly is the so-called “corpse chute” or “tunnel of death”, an underground tunnel designed to remove corpses from the eyes of patients. The tunnel is a typical hotspot for paranormal activity, but in reality, the entire complex is. Waverly has been called “the most spiritually active place in the world,” and for good reason.