Pennhurst Asylum, formerly known as Eastern State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic, is a location with a dark and harrowing past. Featured on paranormal programs such as the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and the History Channel’s Haunted History, this campus still has thousands of secrets its eagerly waiting to reveal.
While Pennhurst Asylum was in full operation, over 10,000 patients called it home. Many are still lurking the corridors screaming of the injustices that were forced upon them. Overcrowding and understaffing resulted in patients being restrained for days upon end, patient’s dying at one another’s hands and by the hands of those who were entrusted with their care.
Children with physical and mental disabilities were abandoned. Meager funding left patients trapped in metal cribs and horrid conditions. Cruel punishments enacted upon the patients – if one patient bit another, the second offense resulted in every tooth being extracted. With all the mistreatment of residents, no wonder there is a darkness still hovering over Pennhurst.