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Transcript of Poveglia island
In 1922, a mental hospital was opened on Poveglia.
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.
One doctor there decided to make a name for himself by experimenting on his patients to find a cure for insanity.
So he would take these patients to the bell tower and torture them and perform Lobotomies (surgeries in the brain) using crude tools like hand drills, and hammers.
After many years of performing these immoral acts, the evil doctor began to see the tortured plague 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 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 across the bay.
Poveglia is considered to be the most haunted location in Italy and that's why it is off-limits to visitors, and no one would dare to go near it even the fishermen steer away from it.
Poveglia is a small island located near Venice,northern Italy.
It may look like a normal island but it has a rather interesting history… One involving plagues, mental asylums, hauntings, wars, Napoleon Bonaparte, and forced deportations.
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 spread more,the population began to panic and those 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.
It is said that 50% of the soil consists of human remains.
Later on, Napoleon used the island for a darker purpose, and stored weapons there. The location was discovered, and many small battles took place as the island claimed even more lives.
The tiny island is said to have hosted over 160,000 infected souls living out their final days and hours there
With a past like this, it's not surprising that Poveglia is believed to be haunted, attracting the attention of ghost hunters and paranormal investigators.
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 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.