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Unexplained Cases | Pennhurst Asylum

Written by: Rick Garner
Case Filed: 08/18/19 - Spring City, Pennsylvania
Executive Producer: Rick Garner



Pennhurst Asylum. Spring City, Pennsylvania. Officailly known as Pennhurst State School and Hospital, this property was originally named the Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic. For 79 years, its buildings housed thousands of mentally and physically disabled. It would seem many remain here. 

On November 23, 1908, the first patient was admitted. By 1912, the facility was overcrowded. At the time, the mentally ill were considered a blight on society - to be feared and not allowed to associated with the general population. A Pennhurst Chief Physician, Dr. Henry H. Goddard, even said, "Every feeble-minded person is a potential criminal."

Spciety's view on those “feeble minded” essentially excused unspeakable horrors to be exercised in the halls and rooms of Pennhurst. in 1968, reporter Bill Baldini exposed conditions at the facility in a …

Watch Unexplained: Haunts III

On the evening of Halloween 2003, the unintended trilogy of "Unexplained: Haunts" ended with the half-hour television special: "Unexplained: Haunts III." It was Jeff Rent's second time hosting and it was our biggest production. Our first "Haunts" highlighted paranormal activity in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. "Haunts II" focused on several stories in Selma, Alabama. With "Haunts III," we traveled to the middle of nowhere - Cheneyville, Louisiana - to a 640-acre plantation and spent the night. Creepy doesn't begin to describe it.


The murderous and tragic history of Loyd Hall Plantation was the subject of this special 30-minute television program. It aired on Halloween night 2003 on WJTV Newschannel 12, the CBS affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi, and WHJT in Hattiesburg. 

Our special guest was Kriss Stephens, a paranormal investigator who has worked with the Discovery Channel and other television networks on similar projects. Enjoy the video below:


  



Also, for additional insights into the night check out my Field Reports from Loyd Hall.

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