WILLOWBROOK STATE SCHOOL- NY, NY - (Dumping grounds, is more like it. Geraldo made it famous with his documentary of the horrors inside, and was still open for another 10 friggin years!) Failed state-supported institution meant to rehabilitate students with mental retardation
Willowbrook State School was a state-supported institution for children with intellectual disability located in the Willowbrook neighborhood on Staten Island in New York City from 1947 until 1987. The school was designed for 4,000. By 1965 it had a population of 6,000. Public outcry led to its closure in 1987, and to federal civil rights legislation protecting the disabled.
The legend of “Cropsey” – the escaped mental patient who lived in the abandoned tunnels of the Willowbrook mental hospital in Staten Island, NY, and came at night to snatch children off the streets. “Cropsey” remained just that, an urban legend, until the summer of 1987 when a 13-year-old girl with down syndrome disappeared from her neighborhood. Five weeks later, she was found buried in a shallow grave on the grounds of Willowbrook.
The women's ward at Willowbrook, a Staten Island institution for mentally ill or delayed. In the 1940s hepatitis was deliberately give to the children to study its effects. They were given unsanitary water, injected directly and, it is said, given hepatitis-contaminated feces.
Willowbrook State School & Hospital. While doing some Google searches for AHS:Asylum I came across Willowbrook. The patients were tortured, to put things mildly. Geraldo Riviera did an expose on the school in the 70's. More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willowbrook_State_School