In 1832, one of the worlds first insane asylums was born in Masvingo County Alabama. Overcrowded and under staffed, the facility expanded and began to employ ex patients who were deemed to be healed or cured, to help run it’s facility - this was the first (and only) time any psychiatric hospital had offered employment opportunities to it‘s former patients. The medical professionals were as sick as the patients, which we would later find out…
St. Merricks Hospital (Ward 66) was set to be a facility in which the insane would be cured due to the serene surroundings and sympathetic nature of it’s staff. When the doors closed, however, it was an entirely different story - the hospital slowly turned into one of the sickest concentration camps for the mentally ill and insane that has ever been recorded, leading to a numerous amount of murders, suicides etc...
Surprisingly enough, the facility was never destroyed, it has been since re-constructed and maintained over the years and, in fact, some remnants of the old corridors still exist till this very day - a fact in which seems to be creating tidal waves amongst the local citizens of Masvingo County.
EnglishGent “I see no reason for that place to exist anymore, I see people frequently coming and going, you hear screaming, you hear all sorts of things…. I recently did some pipe work in the building, and I saw a lot of things that I wish I didn’t see, that‘s all I‘ll say….”
On the far west of the facility, is where the freezing shock treatment and blood bath experiments took place.
It is no wonder why the screams can still be heard. Lights have been reported to be seen flickering in abandoned portions of the building, doors slamming, as well as human-like figures being seen though bathroom mirrors and windows.
Apparitions have been seen trying to hop a wall at the farthest end of the hospital, as also it can be seen behind this wall, figures running up the hill says one eyewitness:
“Certainly seems to be some strange activity surrounding that place, I saw what appeared to be an old crippled Amish guy trying to catapult himself over the fence.” Said the local farmer Xmach.
Here at the Sentimental Times, we have no reason to believe he is lying, as one of our photographers, filmed what seemed to be a sporting event taking place at the asylum:
So, why hasn’t this place been shut down? With so much scrutiny focusing around the facility, we decided to find out for ourselves.
We had the chance to contact and question Alabama city commissioner, Bobby “Blue Eyed” Sandwalker - the person currently investigating the situation and - nonetheless- a former patient/employee himself. This is what he had to say: “we are very keen on athletics here - and rightly proud of our sporting achievements, nonetheless, we don‘t pay no attention to mind that of conspiracy theory, we‘ve seen nothing of the sort that states otherwise"
Despite all of the turmoil, there seems to be a popular consensus - the old asylum should be shut down
Whether it will be seems to be another question all together.
I'm AmishGangsta, reporting to you from Sentimental Times, I'll leave you with a few photos we took on the way out of the complex:
Desperation scrapes itself from the walls as the varnish, trying an impossible attempt of escape...but no escape is possible from the lack of hope
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