Well almost done. This haunted place and one more. This one I keep wanting to call “Castle of Greyskull” but I know the real name is Greystone Park Psychiatric Center. So hopefully that won’t confuse anyone, maybe I shouldn’t have put it out there like that but it was one my mind.
History of Greystone Park Psychiatric Center:
The construction started in 1871, in New Jersey, was completed in 1876. The building was originally designed to house 350 inmates but as we have seen in previous posts that’s not how it went. Greystone Park Psychiatric Center eventually housed over 7,000 inmates when it was at its peak.
The hospital itself was designed to help with the overflow of other hospitals and to relieve the overcrowding of them. The hospital was used in films and some other historical events. The hospital is no longer in operation ever since it was demolished in 2015. Sorry, to any of those paranormal adventurers who missed the chance to walk through the haunted halls. Still sometimes it is the land itself that captures the spirits.
During the time the hospital or center was in operation it functioned much like the others in the earlier parts of the 20th century and the end of the 19th century. Many of the inmates were put to work on agricultural projects that helped maintain the facility and even outside services to the communities. It was believed that putting the insane to work was good to change the blood flow to the brain and help in curing them.
Reasons for the Hauntings:
Like most of the others it had its fair share of mishaps also. Although the hospital expanded its size for the amount of patients, it still wasn’t enough. The patient’s often had to sleep in the public areas on cots. When there were several fires at over the years there were not enough security or rooms to move the inmates to. Thus the fireman and other faculty of the hospital would tie them to trees to prevent escapes.
Typhoid and Tuberculosis were also powerful pains that the hospital suffered throughout the years. In the late 1970s the introduction of new psychiatric medicines made dealing, or I should say controlling, the patients more feasible and the hospital pursued a different route of treatments form then on.
I think that the overcrowded areas of these hospitals appears to be one of the major factors in the possibility of them becoming haunted. The amount of pain and foul treatment that could go on unnoticed in these conditions is enormous. Not saying it did but the possibility is high. Just to think of any of them making it through the American Great Depression is hard enough but the major outbreaks of disease and other ailments is just crazy.
Thanks for Reading,
Joshua Crane Dowidat