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Sleepy Hollow Project
Transcript of Sleepy Hollow Project
The Ridges Mental Health center
The Ridges is located in Athens, Ohio. Athens is considered the most haunted city in Ohio and on of the most haunted places on earth. The health center opened on January 9, 1874. The last patients officially left in 1993.
The legend states that a patient names Margret Schilling was playing hide and go seek with a couple of nurses and they forgot about her. Margaret finally was found a month later in one of the abandoned ward in the facility. They still say that they can still see her walking around in the abandoned ward.
It has all the hallmarks of a great local haunt - rumors of spirits, beautiful decay, and even an adjoining cemetery, but it's what lies hidden on the top floor of the building that truly terrifies visitors: a human-shaped stain where an escaped patient lay dead for over a month.
The history of the hospital documents some theories of the causes of mental illness, as well as the practice of harmful treatments, such as lobotomy. The Ohio University archives collection contains records unfolding information regarding employees’ background training. Some were not trained at all. The most shocking information within the employee records are the evidence and documentation of hydrotherapy, electroshock, lobotomy, and psychotropic drugs, some of which have been discredited today as extremely inhumane ways of treating a patient.
In the Ridges urban legend this story was passed down from generation to generation in Athens County.
This story is also passed down by various students who attended Ohio University in Athens.
Still today the story is alive and well still getting passed around from person to person.
The facilities began to fill up with the elderly, the homeless, and rebellious teenagers being taught a lesson by their parents. By the 1950s, the The Ridges housed nearly 2,000 patients, over three times its capacity, yet the staff numbers never changed. Patients were regularly restrained for days at a time, crowded in rooms meant for one, and beaten by cruel hospital staff.
University students would often tell tales of strange figures standing in the empty wings of the former hospital, disembodied screams echoing through the halls, or intense feelings of dread on the premises. The most terrifying story though, stems from the large stain on the top floor of the building, a stain that had become the subject of the most whispered rumors on the campus.
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