These 10 Horrifying Places in West Virginia May Haunt Your Dreams
5) In 1888, a farmer named Graham Hamrick purchased two female corpses from the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. This wanna-be scientist mummified the bodies with his patented embalming potion, trying to find out the secrets of the Pharoahs. Hamrick was successful and are in glass-topped wooden coffins in Philippi, WV.
The Utica Insane Asylum. The “Utica Crib,” a device meant to confine patients who might harm themselves or others, may have been well-intentioned but was soon criticized widely as the equivalent to putting human beings in cages.
When women used to be depressed or were not “taking care of their men” properly their husbands could send them to the psych ward for attitude adjustments. This was part of conditioning them to always wear a smile. They believed that if a woman saw herself smiling that it would become natural practice and that she would be “cured”. This often went along with shock therapies.
Taken in the late 1940s - early 1950s in the Worcester State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Massachusetts. Prior to the de-institutionalization movement in the late 1970s, the treatment for psychosis consisted of artificially inducing a seizure, whereupon this contraption would spin the patient around quickly for a few minutes. Seems like it would more encourage nausea in a patient than rid them of psychosis...