abandoned insane asylums


Overbrook Asylum

In 1896, Essex County Asylum for the Insane was build on 325 acres of lane in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. The asylum was more commonly referred to as Overbrook. From the onset, the asylum was at full capacity, often housing thousands of patients at once. Additionally, the asylum was severely understaffed. On the grounds of the asylum stood a train station, as well as a power house and a boiler. The patients at the asylum were mostly fed by food that was grown in the fields on the grounds. A bakery and firehouse were also built within the complex of Overbrook.

It was said that it was a town within a town, but with an ever growing patient list combined with minimal staff and developing drugs, it was set up to fail, and fail it certainly did. Due to the sheer amount of patients, many were left without a bed and were forced to sleep on the cold asylum floors. In 1917, disaster struck when the asylum’s only boiler malfunctioned and 24 inmates froze to death in their beds while they slept. Disease was often rampant in Overbrook.

As time progressed and mental health issues became better understood, grim methods such as lobotomies and electroshock therapy became outdated. This was a blow to the already failing asylum, who used both methods in abundance. The asylum eventually closed in 2007, with over 10,000 patients dying within the confines of the walls. It isn’t much surprise that many say Overbrook is haunted - several visitors have claimed to witness a nurse wearing a 19th century nurses uniform, walking around the asylum conducting checks.

horror movie opening scene
  • white girl: i dont like this abandoned insane asylum, zack.
  • white boy: come on, amanda, 10 years ago tonight, the famous blood skull killer committed his last murder right here and then vanished.
  • white girl: you're just trying to scare me.
  • white boy: lmao
  • they continue walking for a few seconds
  • *white couple hears noise*
  • white girl: babe what that??
  • white boy: i'll go investigate
  • *leaves her alone*
  • *choking noises*
  • white girl: zack!!!
  • white boy: ha ha just kidding!
  • white girl: asshole!
  • white boy: im just playin babe
  • white girl: that wasnt funny but ur still cute
  • *playful kiss*
  • *things turn sexy*
  • *hear noise*
  • white boy: i'll go investigate
  • *he leaves and then there's a silence for a long time*
  • *maybe a thud*
  • white girl: zack! this isnt funny anymore zack!
  • *she walks and he dead*
  • white girl: ahhh!!
  • *killer shows up with sickle or quirky weapon that distinguishes him from other horror movie villains*
  • white girl: ahhh!!!
  • *white girl runs*
  • *dead end*
  • *hides*
  • *thinks she free n safe*
  • *guy catches her*
  • *cuts her*
  • *she dead*
  • opening title slashes across screen: BLOOD SLICE IN 3-D

Former insane asylum in Buffalo, New York.

H.H. Richardson Complex

(They’re turning it into a hotel.)

Kings Park Psychiatric Center Building 93

Kings Park, Long Island, New York

The view from up top on the roof of building 7 is incredible. You can see for miles and miles and you can even see Connecticut in the distance across the Long Island Sound. It never ceases to amaze me.

Abandoned insane asylum (Ethan)

request: (anon) Hello! Can you do an imagine where you and Ethan are dating and you eth and gray sneak into an abandoned insane asylum for a video? But something goes wrong like you go off on ur own to try and scare them but you get hurt and scream and Ethan gets protective? Thanks so much! I love your writing:)

a/n: this is such a different request to what i usually get and i love it hehe, hope you do too omg and an ethan imagine?? i haven’t got one for ages aha, protective ethan is my favouriteeeee xxx


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Originally posted by pix3lh3arts

“WERE BACK!” Grayson and Ethan shouted at the camera before awkwardly turning to me.

“I’m so happy to be here.” I said in the most sarcastic tone. They both laughed and carried on with the intro. 

“So today, my beautiful girlfriend y/n, my ugly twin brother Grayson and I…”

“Hey!” Grayson responded, we all laughed.

“We are at this abandoned insane asylum for this weeks video.” Ethan finished before turning to Grayson for him to continue.

“This place is apparently the most haunted and scary place in Los Angeles, so we are very excited to check it out. Right y/n?” Grayson turned to me as he asked. 

“I am probably the lest excited I have ever been in my life. This is the last place I want to be and I don’t know how I got talked into this.” I replied.

“It’s my charm aye babe?” Ethan asked with a dramatic wink causing me to smile and give a small cautious nod.

“Basically we are going to walk around and see what happens, hopefully Grayson like shits his pants or something, that would be good content.” Ethan said as he laughed. Cameron stopped recording for a moment as we gathered our things and started making our way to the entrance. I don’t even really believe in ghosts but this place felt damn spooky. I latched onto Ethan’s arm as he laughed at me for being so scared.

Cameron started recording again as we entered. I was immediately scared for my life. Every sound made me jump which the boys thought was hilarious. Most of the video was directed at trying to give me a fright. They would hide behind walls and give me frights or make loud noises. I eventually got sick of it and decided to get my revenge. The boys were walking ahead and I was walking with Cameron. 

“I am going to go off on my own and try scare the shit out of these assholes.” I said quietly to her so they wouldn’t hear. She giggled and agreed to go along with it, catching our conversation on camera so they viewers would understand what was happening. 

I slipped away at the right moment so it would take them a while to realize I was gone. It was night time and very dark. I used my phone as a flashlight as I tried to navigate my way around. I realized the best way to scare them would be to go upstairs and walk around on the floor above them. I tried to follow the signs that lead to the stair well. It took me some time but I found them and started to run up them. There was a loud bang not far in front of me. I shone my phone at it but there was nothing there. Instantly I freaked out and started to run back down the stairs. I tripped on the last one, screaming as I fell and landed with a thud on my side. It hurt, like a lot. I knew I couldn’t move but I was so scared something was going to kill me. I started to hear loud footsteps coming towards me. I was so scared I started to cry, backing myself into the corner as I sobbed. 

“Y/N!” I heard Ethan scream right before he found me crying my eyes out, holding my ribs in pain, huddled up in the corner. 

“Oh my god baby are you okay? What happened?” He asked me as he sat down beside me and cautiously tried to hug me without hurting me. 

“I don’t know.” I sobbed, “I was going to try scare you guys so I started going up the stairs and there was this loud noise and I got a fright and ran back, then fell off the last step. I was so scared E.” I cried into his chest. He rubbed my back and held my head tightly to his chest.

“It’s okay baby, I’m going to get you home.” He replied. 

“What about the video?” I asked him as he stood up.

“We have enough footage don’t worry about it, you are more important anyway.” He said. I gave him a small smile. He picked me up and carried me all the way out to the car saying funny things to try cheer me up. 

Later that night he took me into the doctors to check out my ribs. The whole time he kept me so close to him, two arms around my shoulders as I talked to nurses holding my hand as I was x-rayed, he didn’t even let go when I had to fill out the forms. He was being so protective and I adored it.

“I’m okay now E, you can let go its just bruised.” I said as we left the doctors.

“I refuse to ever let you go again, you are to precious and if I ever lost you I wouldn’t know what to do. You are staying in my arms forever.” He announced as we got to the car, people over heard and were looking at us. I giggled and placed a kiss on his lips.

“My hero.” 


Summary: You’ve been friends with the twins for a couple years now, you’ve had a big crush on Grayson but you don’t know if he likes you back you told Ethan but you don’t know what else to do.

Originally posted by dolanslife

So today Ethan had this idea to go to an abandoned insane asylum for a video you were all for it, but Grayson wasn’t too excited for it “Come on bro, thats creepy.” Grayson whined as he picked up the camera pointing it at Ethan “Bro, its for youtube.” Grayson sighed and looked over at you “Aren’t you worried?” You smiled and shook your head “Im down for it.” Grayson groaned and handed you the camera “Film us, please?” You nodded and held the camera pointing it at them. They stood beside each other getting ready Grayson took a deep breath and they both started on their signature intro you just stared at Grayson getting lost in his smile. “Y/N, you ready?” You stared blankly at Ethan who was smirking at you “Oh uh yeah, lets go.” You handed Ethan the camera and picked up your camera followed by your book bag. “Bro, I’m not too sure about this.” You giggled and patted his back “Dont be such a baby, its abandoned nothing is there" Ethan chuckled as Grayson pouted because of what you said. You were the one driving because Ethan was filming and Grayson was just too scared to do anything else but sit in the back complaining about how long its taking “Are we there yet?” You and Ethan both rolled your eyes as you pulled into the parking lot “There’s security that we have to sneak pass” You looked at Grayson smirking slightly “Do you think you can handle that?” He rolled his eyes but flashed a cute smile before getting out the car. You looked back at Ethan watching him shake his head slightly “What?” You asked raising an eyebrow “You need to tell Gray.” You sighed and looked at Grayson holding his go pro “I want to tell him but I dont want to ruin our friendship. E just please keep this between us and edit that out.” He nodded and the two of you got out the car meeting up with Grayson “Okay let’s go in this side” The three of you ducked and ran to the side hoping to not get caught. “Bro there’s no way we can do this.” You took the lead guiding them into the room. Somehow you lost Ethan because he wanted to explore on his Own “Aw come on dude answer your phone” You flashed your light around looking for Ethan when something started limping toward you, you lightly hit Grayson’s shoulder “Gray… Gray!!” He groaned and looked at you “What Y/N im trying to call Ethan.” You stood frozen as the thing stopped limping and stared at the two of you, once Grayson looked up the being started limping again “Gray… what is that!!” Grayson couldn’t move he just stared “Grayson!” That seemed to snap him out of it he turned toward you cupping your cheeks lightly, connecting his lips to yours after he pulled back he looked into your eyes and said “I love you Y/N. I always have please tell me you love me too.” You looked up at him and nodded “I love you too Grayson.” He kissed your forehead and walked toward the being who was now smiling at the sight of you two “Finally! It took an asylum to get you two to confess your feelings point Ethan.” You punched Ethan’s arm causing him to whine and rub his arm “So are you two dating yet or?” You looked at Grayson and smiled “Absolutely.”

A/N: ITS DONEEEEEE IM SO HAPPY thank you to @cassmoreiraxo for helping me decide who the reader had a crush on shout out to you babe. xo


I recently gave a TEDx Talk on the stigma and misconceptions attached to the American insane asylum.  I conclude by asking the listener to change their viewpoint - or if they cannot manage that, to at least acknowledge the history and preserve the buildings.  Please check it out & share with your followers to get the word out!

jaegeeeeer  asked:

75 & 97 please! 😊🌼

A/N: this is what us extreme couponers call a two for one deal uwu

also sorry i went off the grid last night i took a depression nap but im feeling kinda better now yall no worries today will be a day full of wRIting and all those goodies

also reader is not quite yet on the relationship status with 2D in this story, sorry bbs uwu

“And to this day… People say when you visit the house she was murdered in, if you listen carefully you can hear a cracking sound… Legends say it’s supposed to be the sound of her rolling her broken neck!”

You yelp when the lights suddenly turn back on and Noodle laughs at your reaction, you look over to 2D who remained indifferent throughout the entire story. The three of you had the house to yourselves that night, as Russel went out to get groceries and Murdoc… Well, you all just hoped he was doing something legal. 

“How was that one?” Noodle asks with a grin, taking a seat in front of you, blowing out the candle.

“Well… it was…” you begin quietly, looking around.

“Not scary,” 2D says, the personification of absolute boredom, his arms are crossed over his chest as he leans back in his seat.

“Seriously?” You look at him, wondering if all those zombie films he watched had any affect on him.

“I have an idea,” Noodle says, standing up, “Why don’t we take a trip to that abandoned insane asylum nearby?”

“I don’t know…” you say wearily, “What if the police stop us or something?” 

“People go there all the time, it’s fine!” Noodle says and the three of you get ready to head out.

It’s particularly cold that autumn evening, and you mentally curse the weather for making you shake more than you were already as Noodle parks the car on a curb a few feet away from the asylum. When you step out of the car, your knees shake with every step you take. 

“Well, here it is,” Noodle says, looking around, her hands on her hips. 

You look around too, noticing the broken caution tape and the overall deterioration of the building, giving you an unsettling feeling in your chest, “W-what happened?” you asked.

“A couple years ago, the place went down because of a fire caused by one of the patients,” Noodle explained, “No one really knows what exactly happened or why, but the asylum was known for a lot of… Um, difficulties? So they decided just to abandon it after the fire. No one has touched the building since then.”

You swallow loudly, your throat running dry and 2D scoffs, “Why not just renovate the building or something?”

You eye him skeptically, wondering how he could worry about something like that in a time like this.


You turn around and Noodle is on her phone. “What? Again?” She sighs before hanging up, “Murdoc needs someone to bail him out again.”

“I’ll go-”

“No, it’s fine. I’ll go,” Noodle cuts 2D off, turning to walk to the car.

“Do you want us to wait out here… or?” You ask mainly out of fear.

“You guys go ahead and go in, tell me all about it when I get back!” She shouts before slamming the car door and drives off, leaving you and 2D alone, in the dark, outside an abandoned insane asylum.

Your phone buzzes causing you to jump, you pull it out of your pocket and read a text from Noodle: You’re welcome !  noodle u lil shit dont text and drive

You look at 2D, he’s staring up at the building, probably more concerned on the quality of it rather than what’s inside. His eyes meet yours, “Are you going in?” He asks.

“Uh…” You say, eyeing the place cautiously.

“If you’re scared,we can-”

“I’m not scared!” You answer defensively, even though you are, “I’m fine, okay?” You turn around and march towards the building but stop when you don’t hear any footsteps behind you. You turn around sheepishly, all signs of confidence disappearing from you, “W-why don’t you go in first?”

The two of you walk down a hallway, 2D in front, shining the flashlight from his phone as a guide. You struggle to keep up with his large steps, not wanting to be left in the dark in a place like this. He shines the flashlight around the empty rooms, looking for nothing in particular. You jump when you hear a sudden squeak and the two of you stop in your footsteps.

“… Rats?” 2D wonders out loud, turning around to face you.

“A-Are you scared?” You ask, hoping he is so the two of you can leave this place immediately.

“Of rats? No, not really…”

You huffed, wondering if anyone could be that dense or if he was just doing this on purpose. Nonetheless, you follow him further down the hallway, thinking of possible things that could scare him. The two of you end up finding an elevator, and experimentally, he pushes one of the buttons. Much to your surprise and dismay, it works and the door opens with an unsettling creak in front of you.

“Aren’t you a little nervous?” You ask as the two of you step in.

He pushes the second floor button and the door closes, “Not really… I’ve been in an elevator before, you know.”

You deadpan, “That’s not what I meant.”

The elevator stops and the door opens again, he walks out and you hurry behind him. Suddenly the two of you hear a phone ring in the room nearest to you. He begins walking towards the source of the ringing but you grab onto his arm and stop him, “What are you doing?” 

“The phone’s ringin-”

“In an abandoned insane asylum,” you remind him, but he stares at you, unbothered. You let go of his arm and follow him to the phone. “Hello?” He says and waits, but there’s no response. He hands the phone to you and you hesitantly bring it up to your ear, “… Hello?”


You scream and drop the phone, 2D picks it up again and listens to the receiver, you stare at him expectantly but he places the phone back onto the set and says nonchalantly, “Wrong number.”

“Are you some kind of alien?”


“Don’t you think that’s a little strange? How the phone rang on the floor that we’re on and not to mention in an abandoned insane asylum!” You shout, frustrated that he hasn’t shown any signs of fear at all.

“… Do you want to lea-”

“I’m fine! Let’s go!” You grab his arm and drag him further down the hallway, determined to find something that will scare him. You pass by more paranormal occurrences growing more frustrated with every one of his passive reactions. From weird aberrations to unsettling laughter, you can’t seem to find anything that sparks any sort of fearful reaction. 

“If nothing is going to scare you, then let’s just go,” you say defeated, and you start marching towards the exit but stop when you hear a voice behind the two of you.

“You’re not going anywhere.”

You turn around to see a patient covered in what appeared to be burns standing close behind you. You stumble backwards and your eyes flutter. You hear what you think was your name before you hit the ground, completely unconscious.

You wake up to the sound of voices. You look around and conclude that you’re laying in what seems to be a hospital room, a very dirty one at that almost similar to the one… You sit up suddenly and look to your side and see 2D conversing with a group of strangers. He turns to look at you and notices that you’re awake. He gets up and walks over to you, “You alright?” He asks worriedly.

You look behind him at the strangers staring at you expectantly. 2D follows your eyes and explains, “Oh, these guys are from the drama club at their high school. They come here every weekend to scare people who stop by and practice using their special effects make up and acting, you know? Pretty neat, huh?”

You smile sheepishly, “Yeah… Pretty neat…”

“Man, you were so scared,” one of them says, laughing, “Hope you’re okay though.”

“I’m fine,” you say as you get up from the bed, your wobbling legs proving otherwise. 2D catches you, slinging one of your arms over his shoulder. He says bye to the students, promising them a few signed albums before the two of you head out, him supporting you as best as he could. He calls Noodle, but she doesn’t pick up so the two of you decide to walk back instead.

“You know…” he begins, “If you wanted my attention, you didn’t have to go to the extreme and faint,” he teases, smiling. You shove him playfully and laugh with him. You look up at him and tell him, “I can walk by myself now.”

He’s not convinced, “You sure?”

“Yeah, I’m okay.”

He lets you go and the two of you walk in silence for a while before you ask him, “Were… were you scared at all?”

“Erm… Only once…” he admits and you could’ve sworn you saw the faintest hit of pink on his cheeks.

“Really? When?”

“… When you fainted…” he says quietly.

“O-oh,” you say, flustered as well. Your small moment together is cut short when you hear a series of honks from behind you. Noodle pulls up next to you and rolls down the window with Murdoc now in the passenger seat, “Sorry!” Noodle calls out leaning towards the open window. Murdoc honks to the horn again, “Hurry up and get in. It’s been a day.”

“Agreed,” you both say before heading in the back. The car ride back is spent with Murdoc complaining how he had every right to demand an otter at the pet store and how his altercation with the law forces once they were contacted was just an overreaction on their part. Noodle shakes her head in silent disagreement. When she pulls up to the house, she offers you a ride back to yours but 2D interjects, “Um… I’ll walk Y/N home.”

“You sure?” Noodle says pointing towards the direction of your home,“It’s pretty far away-”

“No no, it’s okay,” he cuts her off quickly. She gets the hint and the two of you exit the back and start walking towards your house. You blush deeply when your fingers brush against his lightly. You talk about nothing in particular and soon enough you’re both standing at your door.

“So… Uh… W-when are you free again?” He asks suddenly. 

You think for a bit, “Next weekend?”

“Alright… We’ll try to do something that’s not too scary,” he teases.

“Hey,” you say playfully and pout dramatically.

“… Cute.”


“Uh-Nothing. See you next weekend!” He says quickly before heading off. You watched him disappear, unaware of rosy tint that covered his cheeks.

lmao oops i spent all afternoon on this, fighting with my wifi. also totes mcgoats inspired by that episode from full metal panic fumoffu if you’re into that kinda stuff i totally recommend its one of my favorites.

also murdocs deal with the otter is literally me i want an otter so bad i just had to write about it im so sorry

also again 2D not giving a shit about scary stuff is the funniest thing to me idk it makes sense cause all he does it watch scary movies hes probably immune to the spooks


The dark history of Poveglia Island began during the Roman Era when it was used to isolate plague victims from the general population. Centuries later, when the Black Death rolled through Europe it served that purpose again. The dead were dumped into large pits and buried or burned. As the plague tightened its grip, the population began to panic and those residents showing the slightest sign of sickness were taken from their homes and to the island of Poveglia kicking and screaming and pleading. They were thrown onto piles of rotting corpses and set ablaze. Men, women, children… all left to die in agony. It’s estimated that the tiny island saw as many as 160,000 bodies during this time.

The island has become a putrid area indeed. The soil of the island combined with the charred remains of the bodies dumped there creating a thick layer of sticky ash. The core of the island is literally human remains that has given the island a loathsome reputation, but appears to be very good for the grapevines that are planted there. Think about that next time you partake of Italian wine!
As if the story was not disturbing enough, it gets worse. In 1922 the island became home to a psychiatric hospital complete with a large and very impressive bell tower. The patients of this hospital immediately began to report that they would see ghosts of plague victims on the island and that they would be kept up at night hearing the tortured wails of the suffering spirits. Because they were already considered mad by the hospital staff, these complaints were largely ignored.
To add to the anguish of the poor souls populating this island hospital, one doctor there decided to make a name for himself by experimenting on his subjects all to find a cure for insanity. Lobotomies were performed on his pitiable patients using crude tools like hand drills, chisels, and hammers. Those patients and even the ones who were not privy to the doctor’s special attentions were taken to the bell tower where they were tortured and subjected to a number of inhumane horrors.
According to the lore, after many years of performing these immoral acts, the evil doctor began to see the tortured plague ridden spirits of Poveglia Island himself. It is said that they led him to the bell tower where he jumped (or was thrown) to the grounds below. The fall did not kill him according to a nurse who witnessed the event, but she related that as he lay on the ground writhing in pain, a mist came up out of the ground and choked him to death. It’s rumored that the doctor is bricked up in the hospital bell tower and on a still night, the bell can be heard tolling across the bay. The hospital closed down.
For a time, the Italian government owned the island, but it was later sold. That owner abandoned it in the 1960’s and was the last person to try and live there. A family recently sought to buy the island and build a holiday home on it but they left the first night there and refused to comment on what happened. The only fact that we do know is that their daughters face was ripped open and required fourteen stitches.
Today Poveglia is uninhabited and tourism to island is strictly forbidden. Every now and then the lapping waves on the shore uncover charred human bones.
Several psychics have visited the island the abandoned hospital, but all of them left scared to death of what they had sensed there. Every now and then daredevils dodge the police patrols to explore the island, but everyone who has made it there have refused to return saying that there is a heavy atmosphere of evil and they the screams and tortured moans that permeate the island make staying there unbearable.
One report from a misguided thrill seeker who fled the island says that after entering the abandoned hospital, a disembodied voice ordered them, “Leave immediately and do not return.”
They never did.”