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The curtains may have been the creepiest part of this place. They came in a variety of dingy colors and busy patterns...this one alone may have been enough to drive a person mad if stared at long enough. What really struck us was how happy the curtains tried to be in such a dingy, creepy place.


Creeeeeepy writing, carved into a small nook in the exercise yard, where a patient could certainly work unnoticed. The smears were put there by hand, and could be dried blood, very very dark mud (but not likely), chocolate or's hard to say.



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Ridges Lunatic Asylum

On the campus of Ohio University; Athens, OH.


The hospital was in operation from 1874 to 1993. Construction of the facility began in 1868 and the hospital opened on January 9, 1874. For many years, the hospital was Athens, Ohio's largest employer. The state hospital was eventually decommissioned and the property deeded to Ohio University. Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare now administers a psychiatric hospital in Athens, within view of the original Athens Lunatic Asylum. The history of the hospital documents some of the now discredited theories of the causes of mental illness, as well as the practice of harmful treatments, such as lobotomy. Disappointments, religious excitement, seduction and masturbation are listed as causes of insanity in the early annual reports of the hospital.


The old hospital was featured in an episode of the Fox Family Channel television show "Scariest Places On Earth," which claimed Athens, Ohio was the 13th most haunted place on Earth.


One of the ghost stories that lingers with the site comes out of a very true story about a profoundly mentally delayed woman named "Margaret," who, in 1978, wandered into an unheated and abandoned portion of the asylum. She got locked in, and, unable to scream for help, died of exposure. When she was found, she was completely naked, with her clothes in a neatly-folded pile beside her body. Due to the sun's direct exposure and five weeks of decomposition, her body left a stain which could not be removed and could still be seen if the building weren't locked tight.


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Taken on March 24, 2008