The Bartonville Insane Asylum | Peoria, Illinois

The Bartonville Insane Asylum 

 

From 1902 – 1973 the Bartonville asylum operated as a mental hospital. Like all places, it started off with good intentions. It was the kind of place you could go to and receive help for various conditions. The only problem was the staff didn’t have any “real” solutions for many of the problems that plagued its residents. The doctors would sort of come up with things as they went along. The treatments became barbaric and inhumane. Eventually the place fell in despair and it became a torture chamber more than anything else.

The Haunted Asylum

For decades the asylum just sat there, as shell of its former self. It didn’t take long for stories of creepy entities and ghosts to pop up. Numerous people have claimed to have seen some pretty spooky things while visiting. Even when it was open there were ghost sightings, like the one of old Bookbinder. He was a patient that worked with the burial crew until the day he died. On the day he died many witnessed him mourning with everyone else. Over 400 people witnessed it and they even opened the casket to see if he was in there. Imagine mourning someone and then looking over only to see them standing by you.

 
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SOURCE – Believe A Paranormal Experience 

 

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