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Bartonville Insane Asylum

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abigail gentry

on 5 October 2012

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Transcript of Bartonville Insane Asylum

A. Bookbinder A. Bookbinder is a well known folk character whose story is still told to this day in Illinois. Located in Bartonville, Illinois,
this estate is also known as the Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane. Bartonville psychiatric hospital was being operated from from 1902-1973, and was owned by a man named Dr. Zeller Location! Location! Bartonville has a very dark and forlorn history... a history that is filled with social and medical reform, insanity and yes, even ghosts. Architecture When first built, the hospital looked like an old medieval castle. http://www.flickr.com/photos/larrytroy/5882362048/ The Bartonville Asylum was built on an old coal mine which caused weak support, and lead to cracking in the building itself. The most common reports of hauntings at this location include seeing the apparitions of patients dressed in gowns slowly walking the halls and rooms of the hospital. Unexplainable cold spots are common, as are hearing screams and moans coming from empty rooms in the distance (2009-2010). Haunted? Haunted?
Why? Many psychics and ghost hunters alike agree the building is haunted, The atmosphere alone is enough to convince someone. By:
Abigial Gentry
and
Sarah Murphy Hundreds died brutally during the time that the asylum was open, and it's believed that their souls still roam the hospital halls to this day. Patients were put through brutal treatments that were supposed to "help" them. Electric shock therapy, prolonged isolation, insulin therapy, and skull trepanning, were common practices. This ill treatment lead to suicide, and many horrible deaths. Folklore "Today, Old Book’s grave remains without headstone or monument," Dr. Zeller wrote about his shared experience. "But if anyone asks where he is, those of us in the know point with a shudder to the remains of the Graveyard Elm
(Taylor, 2000)." A. Bookbinder, or "Old Book" was not only a patient, but a gravedigger who wept as he dug the graves of his fellow patients as he stood by the Graveyard Oak. It is said that when Old Book died, many spectators heard weeping from the tree, and soon after the Graveyard Elm died.
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