Friday, December 14, 2007
waverly hills sanatorium
It's getting epic now. The face pawing thing. And my eczema has flared up again.
There are some things that are at the pinnacle of my irritation this morning regarding chez nous, la casa nostra, en domicile, but more pressingly I watched a scary documentary yesterday - by myself, all alone in my house - and nearly shat myself. It's about America's most haunted place. Waverly Hills Sanatorium isn't something you should take lightly. I should've switched the bloody TV off, but I couldn't tear my face away from the screen.
The sanatorium is in Louisville, Kentucky; a hospital originally established in 1910 for suffering TB patients. Tuberculosis was a serious problem in that region, due to climatic conditions and such, and from 1910 to the early '60s, people just pegged. There was no cure for TB in those days, and thus strange and sometimes barbaric experiments were used to "cure" the sick. From around 1963, an antibiotic was found and TB rapidly diminished, so they turned the old place into an asylum.
The mental patients were allegedly treated very badly, whereby electro-shock therapy and such was used, and people still died - this time under horrible circumstances. Some were shackled, nurses committed suicide all the time, all sorts of strange things happened. In the 1980s, the place closed down, and some oke bought it. He tried to condemn it by letting vagrants live there and destroy the fixtures and write graffiti all over the walls. He wanted to have it demolished so he could build a large statue of Jesus Christ on the property.
Adjacent to the hospital's morgue area, is a large, hidden "body chute". It's hidden, so that the patients couldn't see how many dead people were being carted off to the crematorium. (It connected the hospital to the railway tracks which would transport the corpses.)
But whatever, that's its history. It is estimated that as many as 63 000 people died at Waverly Hills. From severe mistreatment, questionable experiments and procedures and TB itself. It's therefore a place riddled in death and bad vibes.
So back to the documentary. I watched it on Wednesday night: it was dark and stormy outside, and I properly shat myself. Ghost hunters went in there and showed evidence of moving swirls of "energy" or "light orbs" in photographs, as well as light bulbs that were on. (The place hasn't had electricity since the 80s). Tours are taken around the sanatorium. And if I ever, by one millionth of a chance ever found myself in Louisville, I'd definitely go. Although would need to be heavily sedated after it was all over.
Ghost investigators who have ventured into Waverly have reported a host of strange paranormal phenomena, including voices of unknown origin, isolated cold spots and unexplained shadows. Screams have been heard echoing in its now abandoned hallways, and fleeting apparitions have been encountered.
Kids, to get a kick, often wander through Waverly, also had lots to say about what they saw. Especially in Room 502. Where two nurses killed themselves.
Click on the links if you're bored and check out the photos - and what people have picked up in them.
In my Googling, I found this.
It's a video showing a ghost in a bedroom, while the children sleep. Watch the bed on the left (no one is sleeping in it); and then watch this orb-thing bounce off the kids bed on the right.