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and mental health issues became better understood, grim methods such as lobotomies and electroshock therapy became outdated.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

The campus of Western State Hospital, early on a foggy morning.  I was in town to shoot a pilot for a television show which would basically be the antidote to ghost-hunting shows; we’d go into historic abandoned buildings and discuss their actual histories instead of pretending to be scared by pipes shifting.  Sadly, the pilot was never picked up.  But I had a great time shooting this 1828 asylum campus!



The history of this institution goes back to the days of Napoleon, who appointed the castle as the beggars colony for this region. Such a colony harboured the people living in the streets, who didn’t have any means of existance. In 1826 there were 236 people in this colony, most of which were incapable of working in the fields. They were ‘blind, senseless, paralysed, deformed, deaf, exhausted, or suffered from consumption, epilepsy or vomited blood’. The colony was a village within the village: all the necessary crafts were there. There was a farm and there was even an own fire department. As of 1920 the institution was reformed into an insane asylum, which continued functioning as an independent community. Shortly after this reform a substantial renovation took place to meet the new needs towards nursing. The asylum sheltered the less severe cases of insanity. In fact there was not a lot of treatment involved… Halfway the 1960’s the institution got too small and a new building was necessary. The move started mid 70’s and lasted until the end of the 80’s. Some of the building that were vacated got repurposed. The castle is under renovation, but the asylum itself is still in a state of decay. At the time of my visit it had just been used for a wedding ceremony and the decoration hadn’t been taken down yet, which resulted in a few fancy pictures…

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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“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.” 

anonymous asked:

Okay, but imagine an AU wjere Jere and Michael host a ghost hunting show -🌳

oh god. oh god i can picture this so clearly. 

  • growing up, it was just jeremy living in a really old house that just happened to be next to a graveyard. it always creaked and groaned. sometimes jeremy would see shit out of the corner of his eyes. but that’s just because he’s perpetually anxious and his house is a hundred years old!! it has nothing to do with ghosts….. right?
  • michael watches so many ghost hunting documentaries. so many. he knows all the sketchy websites and the forums and always talks about someone who knows someone whose roommate’s brother’s dog’s sister can SEE GHOSTS. naturally, he’s the first one to bring it up to jeremy.
  • it kinda starts off with “ of course ghosts aren’t real!!” ‘yeah ‘course not…. except… what if they are.” “holy shit,,,,” 
  • so they get into ghost hunting. starts out very amateur (just an old digital camera, taking the cruiser down Clinton Road which is known to be haunted, etc). maybe they make shitty youtube videos, which is 80% them bantering and freaking out at these terrifying places and 20% actually ghost hunting and that’s how they get discovered. 
  • fast forward however many years. they get their own show.
  • every episode is a really really bad ghost pun. ‘BOO-GIE WOOGIE’ ‘the ghost-ery store’ ‘the mailman and the ghost office’.
  • depending on the place, one of them will take the investigation SUPER. SERIOUSLY. and the other will tag along and talk shit. without fail. 
  • they have mad equipment. jeremy carries half his body weight in technology. they’ve got it all: thermometers, heat detectors, highly sensitive audio detectors for hearing EVPs, EMF meters, thermographic and night vision goggles. everything. and they carry all of it. 
  • most of the time, it’s jeremy who’s the serious one. he’s very much into asking questions like “if anyone is here, could you just give us a sign!” definitely the ‘good cop’. 
  • michael though. michael is the one to fuckin RAG on the ghosts. if there’s something there he wants to piss it off. he’ll march through hell antagonizing it:
  • “I BET YOU’RE NOT EVEN A REAL SPIRIT!!” michael calls down the hallway of an abandoned insane asylum, his night vision goggles turning everything green. he grins at the camera man while jeremy squints into the darkness. “A REAL SPIRIT WOULD HAVE TRIED TO KILL US BY NOW!! god. california ghosts are so lame. hey jere, remember that time in passaic county that we literally went to the gates of hell? i mean, i know it’s a just a freaky name for a sewer, but-” “michael shut the fuck up” “what?? you scared this is a dead end….?” “michael-” “nobody wants to play peek-a-boo” “seriously shut the fuck up i think i see something”
  • michael shuts up real quick after that, launching into serious mode and maybe a little terrified. “oh shit for real?? where??” 
  • sometimes it’s a real ghost sighting. other times it’s jeremy blowing air on michael’s neck just to freak him out.
  • they write a few books about their adventures and are definitely the stars of Discovery Channel. they’re basically like HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines except better and also ft ghosts instead of interior design. there’s also a lot of commentary on each episode. michael’s commentary during the parts where he’s particularly freaking the fuck is very blasé. “oh i was totally faking it. i knew it was jeremy the whole time, like i know he’s pale but come on even i’m not dumb enough to mistake him for a ghost.” *cuts to jeremy, very serious but on the verge of laughing* “i’ve never seen michael that scared in my whole life. and i was with him the first time we got a ouija board to work.” 
  • their fans LOVE THEM. michael and jeremy livetweet every episode (from the comfort of their very much non-haunted apartment in a big city with lots of modern lights and no ghosts, thank you very much). fans tweet them their conspiracy theories and tag them in ghost sightings on instagram. someone inevitably ships michael and a ghost they found in georgia, who would only make contact when michael spoke to it in a soothing southern accent. of course, most of their viewers ship them. more often than not, jeremy will grab michael’s hand when something makes a sudden noise. gifs of it go viral every time
  • one time for an episode special, the two of them split up and try to do two separate locations. it’s miserable. they both can’t stop mentioning the other one and they keep trying to use the cameraperson to make up for the other’s absence. ‘there’s not enough shittalking. c’mon kevin, please. just. convince the spirit we’re assholes who need haunting.” ‘….’ “please” “….” “ugh fine we’ll do it the NORMAL way” 
  • one halloween, jeremy and michael livestream them doing a ouija board. cue the endless tweets of things like ‘GOD i wish someone trusted me as much as jeremy trusts michael not to move the pointer’ 

oh god i could go on there’s so much potential here but this got super long and im gonna stop before someone kills me (heh pun intended) 


Overbrook Asylum

(1 of 3)

Construction of northern New Jersey’s Essex County Hospital for the Insane, known locally as Overbrook Asylum, began in 1896 and continued through the early 1900s. It was built to ease overcrowding at Newark Hospital, but it wasn’t long before it started experiencing some trouble of its own.

Thousands of mentally ill patients who required daily care were sent to Overbrook, and it was soon operating at full capacity. To handle this enormous patient influx - as well as provide for the needs of the workers - Overbrook grew into a small town complete with farms, a power plant, firehouse, theater, school, bakery, and much more. It even had a semi-professional baseball team. The facility required so much fuel and other resources that a railroad stop was constructed to service it.

There are a lot of stories of tragedy at Overbrook, and given the time period and the nature of the institution, many of them are surely true. But one stands out. As reported by the New York Times, Overbrook’s boilers failed for 20 days during the frigid winter of 1917. Twenty-four patients froze to death in their beds, and many more suffered frostbite. 

Along with other asylums, Overbrook began to decline in the 1960s with the advent of new psychiatric medications and other treatments for mental illness. By 1975, it was maintaining only a very small patient population and most of the buildings were abandoned. By the mid 1990s, no more patients remained. The buildings and their contents - including patients’ records dating back to the late 1800s, were left to rot.

During the latter half of the 20th century, Overbrook became a New Jersey legend. Ghost stories proliferated, and venturing onto its decaying grounds became a rite of passage for many youths in the region.

In the 2000s, a lot of the buildings were torn down. Yet, a massive complex of structures remains - a testament to Overbrook’s former dominance of the surrounding area.

I visited in April 2014.

(For more photos of this site, see sets two and three.)

anonymous asked:

what are some other haunted/spooky places you want the boys to visit? i want them to check out savannah, ga (supposedly super haunted) and maybe some haunted forests.

ho boy this is a great question, thank you!

The Stanley Hotel 

the inspiration for The Shining, a lot of cool history, and despite little to no violence having occurred there a lot of ghost hunters claim it’s super active

The Eastern State Penitentiary  

I know they’re already going there but I just had to add it to the list ahhhh it’s so cool, one of my favourite haunted locations because of how much “evidence” has been captured


duh! loads of cool history and some serious “activity”

Northern State Hospital

it’s been my dream to visit this abandoned insane asylum since TAPS visited and caught some terrifying footage, over 3000 people were cremated there during it’s time of operation, and it’s in my home state of Washington!

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum 

a psychiatric hospital that only just closed it’s doors in 1994, lots of super creepy stories attached to it


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.”