Waverly Hills Sanatorium

July 25th, 2013 | Posted by Paranormal Association in After life | Ghost Hunters | Haunted | Haunted House | Legend | Linzi Bootman

 

images wwwCoughing up blood, over crowed, understaffed, bizarre unethical twisted treatments, “Welcome to Waverly Hills Sanatorium”. The bodies of the dead were carelessly discarded down a chute, and then taken out of the building through an underground tunnel. This method of disposing was kept covert by doctor’s orders who wanted patients to be unaware of the quantity of dead bodies. The actual number of bodies dragged down that tunnel may have been closer to only 8,000 than the rumored 63,000 dead. As if “only 8,000 dead” is an acceptable number. If such a thing as ghosts exist, then surely they would be haunting where thousands of them, still warm from life, made the evolution to death from such a wretched hospital.

 

Originally in 1910, the building was two stories because the county was hit with a serious case of tuberculosis. Construction to expand the property was completed in 1926 to eventually cause it to be a 5 story building housing over 400 sick and dying. The sanatorium was designed for the purpose to care for those struck with the1642a195c25de7491a19b88dadce15ec epidemic. Built on a hillside surrounded by woodlands, this was to create a feeling of peace and a serene atmosphere to help with the recovery or in most cases to hopefully ease the sick into the afterlife. Perhaps too quiet as the building has been award the most haunted hospital. With the discovery of the antibiotic, that could successfully treat and cure tuberculosis, the sanatorium was closed down and quarantined. Then transformed in 1962 into WoodHaven, a geriatric facility. This senior home was closed down in 1982 due to the reports of severe patient neglect due to being under staffed and overcrowded. There are stories of patients being experimented on with horrible treatments. The building lay empty since then until it was recently made available for people to take paranormal tours.

 

2005: Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky Some claim a resemblance to one of the most famous “inhabitant” Mary Lee, do you?

2005: Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky
Some claim a resemblance to one of the most famous “inhabitant” Mary Lee, do you?

With high death rate, the death tunnel, unbearable moans and screams of patients dying, suicides, and mistreatment for those who stayed there it is no surprise that over the years Waverly Hills has collected a number of ghosts. Well known is a tragic story of a nurse named Mary Lee who worked treating people with tuberculosis who contracted the disease, a tragic story but sadly it’s not finished, this nurse also found herself with child from one of the doctors and unwed. The shame of this was too much for her and she took her own life by hanging herself in Room 502. Tragically her body lay undiscovered for a long time. Another bizarre story from Room 502 is that another nurse took her own life by jumping out the window. Was she driven mad by something in that room? We will never know for sure.

 

imagescccPossibly the most famous ghost sighting is that of a little boy bouncing his ball, or maybe it is the sightings of a little girl innocently playing hide and seek with the visitors. But the most terrifying and shocking sighting is that of an elderly lady with her hands and feet bleeding and chained runs away screaming from stunned onlookers. It is so sad to think that even in the afterlife this poor tragic soul has yet to find peace. It is not uncommon to see lights on in the building even though there is no running electricity in the building as if the building is alive and is reliving its own past perpetually.

 

indexoooThe Waverly Hills Sanatorium has become a bit of a television celebrity appearing on many TV paranormal shows such as Ghost Hunters who visited three times and even had one of their Halloween specials there. Even the UK got a taste of the Waverly when Most Haunted visited during their season special which saw them tour America’s most haunted places. Ghost Adventures also featured the sanatorium in an episode where they captured a lot of EVP’s including some very creepy ones aimed at the guys themselves, also one of the members, Aaron Goodwin, claimed to have seen a doppelganger of fellow investigator Nick Groff. But the biggest flattery, if true, is the Waverly Hills Sanatorium is probably the basis for the TV show American Horror Story: Asylum. Fans point out the similarities between the sanatorium and the show; however no one from the show has denied the connection.

 

It seems as if the tragedy from some types of deaths makes a haunting more likely. Is it due to the untimely death? Some would believe that having a horrible disease like tuberculosis would be an uneasy passing and it would be a relief when they did finally succumb. We don’t really want to die; we may claim we do when in misery, but deep down we don’t. This must stem from our fear of the unknown. Is this why spirits choose to stick around? Even after suffering in life?

 

Or do the patients of the Waverly have something to tell us? Do they want us to know of the ill treatment they received at the hands of the people that were sworn to treat them? Does their natural belief in minimal human rights cry out the unanswered questions of why? “Why me? Why am I being treated so badly?” Or is it the simple fact that they don’t know they are dead?

 

By Linzi Bootman (Staff Writer for Paranormal Association)

Linzi Bootman is a paranormal enthusiast, she enjoys hunting for ghosts in her spare time. Enjoys research and is a self proclaimed geek. Please feel free to contact her at linzi.bootman@yahoo.com

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(Note: Waverly Hills Sanatorium was originally spelled with an “E” being Waverley Hills Sanatorium, for continuity we used the modern name. )

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  • Saqqara says:

    My dad was born/raised in Kentucky and as a kid we’d go back for a couple weeks every summer. My cousins and I went to this place….INSANE!!!! It’s haunted and the longer you stay the more you see, you HAVE to go for several days not just a couple hours like TAPs and other tv shows do.

  • Galena says:

    yes you need a group of 10 atleast tho, and its 100 a person to go…..its worth it!

  • Jirvin says:

    Great read! Thx 4 sharing

  • Kate says:

    Insane haunting there it is so so scary I stayed over night and a day it was freaky

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  • Kate says:

    I have been there before it is scarey there is this girl what u can see if u stay on the fifth floor and there is a former patient beleived to be called Mary and she has no eyes.

  • Elizabeth A Wilkes says:

    My mother Janet Wilkes, was a nurse inside the Wood Haven Geriatric Center in the late 1960’s, in Louisville Jefferson county KY. Me and my siblings clearly remember the stories of the greened boy they called shadow eyes, who they kept under lock and key upon the fourth floor, close to the treatment room. Things were stolen out of the lock gift shop, and made there way up and into room # 418, Richard’s room, on the foot of his bed each night. The child was under two pad locks, and no way could he have gotten out. No one was ever able to figure out just how the items got there each morning.

    My mother showed us pictures, of a set of white fantail doves, she saw on his bed when she walked in one early morning. It had been said, that the spirits of dead children that died years ago in the Waverly Hills, stayed constant by Richards side, in way of the forms of Orbs. Mom told us, she saw hundreds of orbs that week Richard stayed there. Every morning and day, morning doves landed and stayed on Richards window ledges. Crows as well. Richard showed the one nurse’s he trusted most, a tiny flanal worn shirt, from a little ghost boy, who some how left under his pillow. He told Pat, it belonged to Tommy, and Tommy had a little brother Ralph that stayed by Tommy.
    She was said they could not get Richard to eat anything, only fluids. Mom told us many stories that week she got home during dinner time. I loved the stories of the boy and all the things that went on, the fourth floor.
    It was said that, Shadow eyes holds all the answers to so many deaths, accidents, abortions, sex, murders and such that occurred in all the years the Waverlyhad been built, all the way back to the 1800’s.
    He knows all about little Audrey, the little girl who was murdered back into 1910 one night. They found her bloody corpse 6 hours later in the woods behind the African American building. Her eyes had been eaten out from her skull, bite marks from her buttock, her head was cut off and found in a tree facing down. Richard also knows about the nurse the male patients found hanging on the 5th floor, and what really happened to her. About the other nurse that went flying threw the window to her death. How many children in all the years who had been molested, and by whom. Where aborted baby’s are scattered threw out the grounds of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium.
    But nothing beats the morning the two Doctors and two male orderly’s and Pat saw the Creeper manifest inside the ECT room with Richard. My mother did not see it, she was not in the room, However she was at work that day,and told us about all the commotion upon the 4th floor that day. And how fast the Doctors and men ran out of the treatment room, leaving Richard strapped still to the table, with Miss Holland fainted on the floor next to him.
    I wonder if, shadow eyes, the little green eyed boy is really still alive?

    Elizabeth A Wilkes

  • Richard R Collins says:

    I can’t believe I am looking at this kid again standing in the Wood Haven lobby, after 50 years. My name is Richard R Collins, and I am 98 years old. I was a patient in the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. I was baker acted in 1950. Where I lived until they closed in 1961, then they placed us into Hazelwood until it reopened as Wood Haven Geriatrics Center in 1962. Then I went back there to live until 1970. In all those very long miserable years living inside the Waverly Hills, did I or anyone else see that horrible dark black shadow the Creeper, until that devil Richard showed up. The day that freak walked threw the doors, nothing was the same for that week. Yea, we saw shadows here and there before hand, a orb now and then, but nothing like when that green eye ‘ed boy boy walked in. No wonder his father hated him. The wind changed, the temperature became much colder, wild crows outside, covered the grounds, the trees. Those devil birds kept landing on his window ledge. No one slept. And then that day he brought about the manifestation of that evil sinister Creeper onto the fourth floor, a day I’ll never forget. It was because of that punk that some of my buddies on the floor lost their minds from being terrorized from the creeper. So what we bullied him a little, he was a sissy boy. So they tried to molest him, it was his own fault for being such a pretty boy.But that was no excuse for him to put his pet the Creeper on me and my buds that week. When he was thrown out by David Wilson the administrator, we were so jumping for joy. Then we were able to sleep again. No one ever again saw the Creeper after that freak left that day, no more shadows or orbs. Good riddance to him. I say to bad he did not end up like the other homo boys they used ECT on that week.

    Richard R. Collins

  • Elizabeth A Wilkes says:

    My mother Janet Wilkes, was a nurse inside the Wood Haven Geriatric Center in the late 1960’s, in Louisville Jefferson county KY. Me and my siblings clearly remember the stories of the green eyed boy they called shadow eyes, who they kept under lock and key upon the fourth floor, close to the treatment room. Things were stolen out of the lock gift shop, and made there way up and into room # 418, Richard’s room, on the foot of his bed each night. The child was under a pad locks, and no way could he have gotten out. No one was ever able to figure out just how the items got there each morning. There was a lot of scary nights, the days were not so scary. It was the nights they say were so Erie. My mother also told about this man Richard Collins who I see sent in his story. He was the leader of the bullies on the fourth floor. Richard you need to go away, it is no secret how horrible a man you were and still are, what do you think got you locked up all your life? You have done nothing but try and destroy that little boys life. You hated him because he was different. Richard was a angel, you men were the demons in the Waverly. Your lucky to have Jason as your grandson to take you in. I sure would not. You called my mother all kinds of horrible names, when all she tried to do and care for you men.

    Elizabeth A Wilkes

  • rascal says:

    From 97-2000, while in highschool, my buddies and I knew some guys that worked security for the owner of the property at that time. I spent a lot of weekend nights at Waverly just hanging out with my buddies while they did their little security thing. They really couldnt do anything but tell people to leave. but people already being scared, would just freak out and run when we came up on them. From the roof wed watch them coming up the hill, and we would hide either along the path or right inside the doorway.
    Had lots of fun up there just goofing off and sneaking up on people.
    The place was a wreck back then full of debris, definitely creepy. But Ive been in probably every part of that building, sometimes alone, and didnt see ghost. Got lots of stories though.



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