All humans are driven by their curiosity. There is always a desire in our minds to explore the unknown, the mysterious, and get an adrenaline rush out of it. As for me, I get my adrenaline rush from urban exploration, which involves exploring structures that have been abandoned and left to rot, at the mercy of Mother Nature.
Me: That's why I'm not even in the realm of viral. I'm just floating around in dead space.
Urban exploration is pretty popular nowadays, thanks to the Internet. If you're an urban explorer with a YouTube account, there’s a good chance that your videos will become viral.
Exploration of abandoned places always has its dangers. These dangers include collapsed floors and ceilings, police, gang fights, toxic mold, and carcinogenic fibers from old insulation.
Me: I'm all for doing it during daytime when I can see what the hell is going on.
There are, of course, reports of paranormal activity in some of these places, which makes sense, as some of these places have a very dark and disturbing past.
I myself had a run-in with the paranormal a few months back.
Me: Good for you. I didn't even get an Associates Degree so hello I'm a loser.
At my university, I am currently enrolled in a Cinematography class to pursue my degree in Film Production.
For Halloween, my instructor, Mr. Anderson, had assigned a Halloween-themed project. Our project was to simply create a scary short film.
Me: Good plan but I'm thinking things didn't go quite as planned.
As a result of my hyperactive imagination, I came up with the idea of filming something that was terrifying in real life. I wanted to go ghost hunting at a haunted location, catch something scary on camera, and blow the other films from my fellow students out of the water.
All of the places I had explored up to that point had ZERO paranormal activity, but I figured my latest destination could change that.
Me: It is terrifying to think of what went down at those places when they were open.
At the edge of town, on a giant hill, stands a complex of buildings that was once a lunatic asylum. There is no modern feel to its appearance. When you gaze upon the massive stone towers, you feel like you’re right in the middle of a horror game.
Me: I appreciate that.
I’ll present a little bit of history, but I’ll try not to bore you with numerous details. The asylum was constructed in the late 1800’s under the Kirkbride Plan created by Thomas Kirkbride. Kirkbride believed that the insane should be offered large rooms, fresh air, and sunshine to cure them of their illness.
Me: Safe and comfortable? I highly doubt that.
The asylum was meant to be a safe, comfortable place for the mentally ill, but it eventually became Hell on Earth for its patients.
Me: If they weren't insane before they went in they were probably driven mad by being locked up.
According to federal investigators, there were reports of patients breaking out of their rooms and going on murderous rampages, killing any staff member in their way.
Me: If there's no other way out.
Suicide was common there, as some people hung themselves from the ceiling with bed sheets, while others dipped their heads in pots of boiling water stolen from the kitchen.
Me: Holy fuck? Humans you gotta love them. They never fail to come up with the most disturbing things ever. Oh to be a squirrel instead.
The torture of innocent patients became the norm, as some were restrained for so long that their skin grew over the restraints. Some patients were forced to sit in baths of boiling hot or freezing cold water for hours on end.
Me: Sure that's going to cure someone.
Some patients underwent lobotomies. In a lobotomy procedure, an ice pick would be shoved through the patient’s eye socket, and the frontal lobe would be disconnected from the rest of the brain. Some patients would become crippled, while others would be reduced to non-responsive vegetables.
The place was eventually closed in the 1970’s due to abuse and neglect.
Me: Considering all the horrors that went down in this place it is no wonder it would be a hotbed of activity.
With the amount of security swarming the place, it’s almost impossible to break in, but the few teenagers who succeeded in doing so have told all kinds of crazy stories, like slamming doors, floating heads, and disembodied screams. One of the hallways in the building has been nicknamed the "Shadow Hallway,” because shadowy apparitions supposedly roam this hallway.
Me: Dude that's the least of your worries. Just worry about getting in and out alive. A permission slip?
As much as I wanted to explore the place, I didn’t want to be an idiot and face charges for trespassing. Luckily, my best friend Dennis is the Sheriff's son, so I asked him to pull a few strings, and it worked. The razor-wire gate at the entrance was unlocked for me, and I had the Sheriff’s note of permission in my pocket, in case I was confronted by a security guard that didn’t get the memo.
Me: Now I wonder if someone is going to sit on a bed or something. It always creeps and kinda grosses me out when someone is exploring an abandoned place and the person just sits down or lies down like they are in their own home.
Inside, the place was in surprisingly good condition. There was some graffiti here and there, but otherwise the condition of the complex was near perfect. The ceiling hadn’t collapsed, which was a blessing because I didn’t want wet pieces of rust to fall on my neck.
Me: Did you not think to bring someone with you? You'd have to pay me lots of money to go in a place like this alone.
It seemed that the asylum was closed in a hurry. There were patient records, syringes, gurneys, medical equipment, wheelchairs, and beds scattered inside almost every room; nothing was sold to auction.
My HD night-vision camcorder was on, and I was ready to go.
Me: I'd be running out of the building but maybe that's just me.
I was walking in one of the dark hallways when I saw it; a dark shadow was rising out of the floor. Its green eyes flashed like headlights as it stared at me.
Me: I'm pretty sure my hands would be shaking in excitement. Oh sure they'd be shaking but in terror.
My hands were shaking with excitement as I pointed my camcorder straight at the thing. It eventually turned its head away from me, and sank into the floor.
Me: Call it a day. You got what you wanted but I'm thinking you're going to keep on going.
I couldn’t believe it! I caught a ghost on camera in only five minutes of exploring the place!
Me: Are you kidding me? Don't you ever watch any of those ghost hunting shows? This isn't the least bit unusual.
Unfortunately, the battery on my camcorder died right at that moment. I was irritated and confused, as I had charged it to full capacity shortly before leaving my house, but it didn’t matter. I had evidence. I had captured something real on camera.
Me: Good plan?
Even though my battery was dead, I decided to keep exploring just for the excitement.
I was walking through another hallway, somewhere on the top floor, when it happened.
Me: I'd be out of the building because I'm a chicken but I am not afraid of horror movies or books like a lot of people seem to be.
The hallway contained doors on both sides that were patient rooms. If I remember correctly, I was in the female ward; where the most violent female patients were kept. (There was a sign on the doors.)
Me: Run like the wind if you want to get out alive.
Without warning, every single door simultaneously slammed shut with a series of loud BANGS. I froze.
Me: I'd be pissing myself at this point if I hadn't already run outside.
She...It...appeared. There wasn’t a flash of light, no misty fog, no stuff like that that you see in cheesy horror movies. She just appeared out of nowhere.
Me: Well that sounds about right.
She was wearing a simple, white hospital gown. Her skin was as white as a skeleton. Her eyes had no pupils, no irises, and no veins. They were just empty, white circles. A few wisps of blonde hair stuck out of her head at random angles, like strands of hay on a broom.
Me: Poor thing.
She spoke: "You……...Why are you here? You’re here to watch me suffer, aren’t you?” Despite her terrifying appearance, her voice was smooth and sweet, dripping with honey as she spoke.
I stood still, frozen with shock. She continued: “Doctor, you told me that you wanted to cure me, so that I could return to society, but you were lying. I knew you were lying.”
Me: Not so crazy to be not so trusting of doctors since they can be capable of the most horrific things. The bad shit always overshadows the good.
“Every time you locked me in a empty room, and every time you shocked me and burned my flesh, I saw that wicked look of glee in your eyes. You didn’t want to cure me; I was just an experiment to you; a guinea pig for you to toy around with.”
Me: And she's supposedly the one that belongs in this place? Sounds like the doctor is the insane one and not in a fun way.
“Eventually, you got bored with me, so you wanted to have one last experiment. While I was fully conscious, you strapped me to an operating table. You wanted to slice my brain to pieces and watch me scream in the process. You wanted to kill me the most painful way possible, and enjoy my attempts to break free from the straps. You succeeded.”
My eyes wandered to her hands, and I saw the object she was clutching in her right hand.
It was an ice pick.
She noticed me looking at the pick and smiled. As she smiled, her face stretched itself apart like bubble gum.
Me: I can't blame her really. Who wouldn't want to get back at a monster like that?
She spoke one more time: “You see Doctor, all I want……..is a little revenge……..is that too much to ask?”
Me: I think I'd rather hear that a couple times a day as opposed to what the asshole neighbors do.
Her mouth then opened into a large, gaping hole as she unleashed the loudest, most bloodcurdling scream I have ever heard in my life, and I hope to never hear it again.
Me: That's one hell of a scream.
It wasn’t just your ordinary scream. Her scream entered my head, and it occupied all of my thoughts. It stirred up all of my fears and amplified them to the point that it was causing waves of pain to travel throughout my body. I don't know how else to describe it. It was like she was an embodiment of fear itself.
Me: Thank you for that.
I don’t think I need to bore you with the details. She rushed at me with lightning speed, and I ran down the staircases like the building was on fire. When I reached the ground floor, I took a leap of faith and jumped out of a window frame with no glass present. Once I was outside, she didn't follow me.
Me: Oh come on you know you pissed your pants too.
At this point, I was soaked with sweat as I walked home, looking behind me every few seconds.
Me: Do I really need to say I told you so? You had to know what a stupid idea this was.
And yes, I had nightmares. Who wouldn’t, after experiencing what I experienced?
Me: No warning needed. I'm a pedestrian and there's no asylums near me.
I'm not going to end this story by warning you not to explore abandoned asylums, as most people are just gonna ignore me and continue to do so anyway. I am simply warning you to be cautious.
By the way, if it was any compensation, I did end up getting an A+ on my film project.
Written by suomynona404
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Me: Barbara Desmond