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Episode Two: St. Agnes Hospital

The location and real name of St. Agnes Hospital were closely guarded secrets to keep away curiosity seekers. Once the show aired though, word quickly got out. The fate of the real "St. Agnes" is being decided. Will it be a golf course? An amusement park? An office complex? Time will tell.

One thing's for sure -- the second episode of "Fear" was a staggering disappointment for those interested in real paranormal research. The props that MTV laid about were entirely unnecessary and disrespectful - both to the memory of the individuals who suffered inside those walls, and the participants of "Fear" who set aside their fears to complete the dares. The fake blood, the phony spiderwebs, the dummy in the attic - these items gave Fear the appearance of a Jaycees Halloween Haunted House.

For those who were let down, you can visit the empathetic folks at
Western Connecticut Paranormal Research for a fascinating and real paranormal investigation of "St. Agnes".

The Ouija Board

People have very strong feelings when it comes to Ouija Boards. Some feel that they are nothing but toys. Others think they are effective and safe tools for use in channeling spirits. And still others believe that they are extremely dangerous.

Read
other's viewpoints at Epinions, or write your own opinion.

Visit Taramisu's Custom Channeling Boards & Ouija Information, the company that made the board for "Fear". You can read the creator's viewpoints here.

Delware Valley Demonology Resarch has very strong feelings on Ouija boards. You can read them, and see their collection of antique boards here.


One board - two very different viewpoints.
What's yours?

Hospital Ghost Stories

Friendly ghost haunted halls of old hospital

Andelberry Estate: Want to tour a real haunted hospital?

Ghosts of the Asylum: Another scary haunted hospital tour.

Hospital Doors: A group of Boy Scouts on a dare get terrified in a haunted hospital.

Haunted Hospital: What if you found out your apartment had once been a hospital morgue?

Starling Loving Hall was investigated 10/13/00 by the Columbus Paranormal Investigators team.

Vancouver Barracks Hospital was investigated by Jeff Davis. You can hear a creepy recording of his experience here.

Waverly Sanitarium

Weird Nursing Tales: Just as the title says, some very creepy stories here!

Haunted Hospitals in the United Kingdom

Lakeshore Psychiatric Asylum

Abandoned Hospitals

Any one of these could be the site for Episode 2. All have fascinating histories, and all hold within their walls the echos of pain and suffering.

St. Agnes Hospital - No, not the St. Agnes, but another fascinating and important endangered historic site.

Bartonville State Hospital - An entry from Prarie Ghosts. You can see pictures of Bartonville here.

Byberry Mental Hospital - I grew up near this incredibly freaky site, and there are urban legends galore surrounding it. Just about every spooky tale I heard as a kid is posted here. Byberry deserves it's own page because of the number of web sites about it. View historic photos of the horrifying conditions that over 6500 inmates had to suffer in a building designed for about 3000. One Byberry page with some photos can be found here, and there is another at this site.

Cane Hill and Netherne - Two abandoned asylums in the UK. Extremely extensive explorations, notes and pictures.

Danvers State Hospital - Echos of the insanity of the Salem Witch Trials, combined with a horrific insane asylum, equal extremely bad vibes at this site. More interesting information is located at A Short Tour of Lovecraftian New England

Essex County Hospital Center - In this aptly named page ("Welcome to Hell"), you can view some deeply disturbing images of this site. A really moving site with excellent content is at Sanatorium Home Page

Fairfield State Hospital - Have you washed your hands?

Fort McDowall has a 360 IPIX you can tour. What is at the end of that hallway???

Hudson River State Hospital - Why are all the "Caution" signs upside down?

Indiana Central Hospital for the Insane - Extensive historic information.

For the not-easily-disturbed, items from St. Joseph Asylum in Missouri are available for exhibit at the Glore Psychiatric Museum. Roadside America

Northampton State Hospital - Sad... so sad. Utopian dreams of humane treatment were at the heart of this hospital. What the patients endured is another story enirely. Other Northampton pictures can be seen at Noho's Abandoned Asylum, The Asylum, The Ruins Project, and plans for the future at Northampton State Hospital: In Memoriam. Of course, the finest in de-classified pictures were taken by IRONFIST's intelligence gathering agents!

Northern Michigan Asylum - Photos from Angels in the Architecture exhibit.

Overbrook - Ugh! Just what did WeirdTravels find in that bed???

Pontiac State Hospital - View the last days of this amazing structure.

Seaview Hospital - Very sad photos, these for some reason really depressed me. Other Seaview pictures are available at Dark Passages and Forgotten-NY

St. John's Hospital: Creepy pictures of an abandoned hospital.

Waverly Hills TB Hospital - UGH! What a horrible place!! Thanks to Ron for giving us such a disturbing tour.

A huge directory of asylums with historic and architectural information is at DMOZ

The votes are in! See the results of "Where is St. Agnes?"

Warnings for Ghostbusting-Wannabe's: There is no denying the lure of these sites. The architecture and surroundings are evocative, and there's a natural urge to go exploring. Anyone who is seriously interested in exploring any abandoned site should make arrangements to volunteer their time with a local paranormal group and be part of an authorized exploration. The following is a list of the very serious, and very real, dangers that anyone faces exploring an abandoned and condemned building:

Rabies and animal bites - abandoned buildings are now the homes of rats, mice, stray dogs and cats, not to mention the various racoon, fox and other wildlife. Exploring places you at high risk of disturbing these animals and getting bit.

Transient, and possibly disturbed, individuals - abandoned sites are often the place for drug users and other disturbed individuals. While the humanitarian in us does not want to think ill of homeless individuals, the fact remains that many are extremely emotionally ill and quite dangerous.

Injury - These buildings are condemned and abandoned for a reason. Floors, ceilings and walls are decaying and damaged, and you run the risk of a several story fall to a broken bone.

Arrest - These sites are all on private or government owned property. There are strong fines and punishments for trespassing. Ask these dumb guys!

Still want to visit?? Yes, I know you do. I do too. Do yourself a favor, contact a local paranormal research group, or visit Historic Asylums of America for an extensive list of sites you can officially visit and tour.

New spooky hospital sites added every Wednesday
- check back often!


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