Top 5 Haunted Hospitals

 

To get you all exited for our newest haunted attraction “The Hospital of the Lost Souls,” we’ve prepared a list for you! Here are 5 of the scariest hospitals in the world!

 

5. Nocton Hall Hospital

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Nocton Hall began life as a stately manor home in England until World War I, when it was taken over and used by American forces as a place for injured soldiers to rest and recuperate. It was used again during World War II as a military hospital and has been used in a similar manner ever since, including as an American military hospital during the Gulf War. The intimidating building was abandoned in 1995, and multiple cases of arson rendered it unusable again. Stories abound of one ghost in particular haunting the grounds–a sobbing spirit of a young girl whose presence has been reported by various people who have stayed at the building. She is said to haunt one specific bedroom more than others, with numerous people claiming to have been awoken at exactly 4:30 in the morning to see the spectral girl standing at the foot of the bed, crying. The rumor stands that she is the ghost of a servant girl who was murdered when Nocton Hall was still a manor.

 

4. Old Changi Hospital

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Old Changi Hospital in Singapore built in 1935 is known as one of the most haunted sites in all of Singapore. At the time it was built, it served as the Royal Air Force Hospital and was later used by the Japanese as a prison camp. It was right around this time that Old Changi Hospital became a torture chamber. There have been encounters of ghosts believed to be the victims, strange noises and even feelings of nausea or being followed after they leave the building.

 

3. Athens Mental Hospital

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The Athens Mental Hospital, in Athens, Ohio, opened its in 1874 and received many a few different names over the years,  including the Athens Hospital for the Insane. It stayed in operation until 1993. By the 1950’s, the hospital was treating more than 1,800 patients at once, and became famed for the infamous lobotomy procedure and housing violent criminals. Over time, the hospital became known as The Ridges, though its history has been somewhat shrouded in mystery. The mystery is largely due to the fact that any information about patients is kept under tight wraps, with special permission needed from the state of Ohio to gain access. There are also more than 1,900 people buried on the grounds, with their headstones marked by number only, no names attached. One thing that gives this hospital an extra creep factor is the 1978 disappearance of a female patient. Her body was found a year later in an abandoned ward, and you can still see a stain on the floor where her corpse was found, more than three decades later.

 

2. Taunton State Hospital

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Located in Taunton, Massachusetts, Taunton State Hospital was built in 1854 as a psychiatric hospital, and it boasts a rather horrifying history. One of the hospital’s most famous patients was Jane Toppan, a serial killer who confessed to having murdered at least 31 people while working as a nurse. And yet, according to some of the stories, the people who ran Taunton State Hospital may have actually been even more terrifying than many of the criminally insane patients it housed. Rumors persist that some of the doctors and nurses would take the (obviously unwilling) patients into the basement and use them to conduct satanic rituals, and in its later years both patients and doctors reported feeling a tremendous sense of unease when even approaching the door to the basement. Reports abound of a “shadow man” who would crawl on the walls and watch the patients.

 

1. Beechworth Lunatic Asylum

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Known as Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum, Beechworth in Victoria, Australia, was open for 128 years before shutting its doors for good in 1995. At its height, Beechworth housed roughly 1,200 patients, and it was remarkably easy to have someone committed. There were reports of mysterious deaths and disappearances at Beechworth. The facility’s had a lab for experimentation, operations and autopsies. There were jars filled with body parts on the shelves throughout the room that vanished after a fire in the 50’s. Beechworth’s first superintendent was a little crazy himself and believed the moon caused insanity so he would never go out at night without an umbrella. Overall, nearly 9,000 patients died at Beechworth, including a young girl who was mysteriously thrown from a window and no one knew by whom.

 

Sources: Listverse (click here)