Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital

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During the first half of the twentieth century, the Peoria State Hospital was the premiere mental health facility of its day. Dr. George Zeller instituted the eight-hour workday for his staff, removed patient restraints, and made the asylum into a model for the care of the mentally ill.
Today, there are only a few buildings of the hospital left. Some of them are still in use, others are inhabited only by ghosts.
Our guide to these ghosts -- and...
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Overview

During the first half of the twentieth century, the Peoria State Hospital was the premiere mental health facility of its day. Dr. George Zeller instituted the eight-hour workday for his staff, removed patient restraints, and made the asylum into a model for the care of the mentally ill.
Today, there are only a few buildings of the hospital left. Some of them are still in use, others are inhabited only by ghosts.
Our guide to these ghosts -- and the history they represent -- is Sylvia Shults. In Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, she brings a passion for paranormal investigation to her adventures at this haunted hotspot. The spirits come to life once more as Shults explores their former home. Other voices help her tell the story: this is a collection of people's experiences at the Peoria State Hospital. Ghost hunting groups, sensitives, former nurses, and ordinary people share their stories with us, their voices resonating to create a panoramic view to rival the vista of the Illinois River.
To visit the remaining buildings of the Peoria State Hospital today is to visit a small piece of history. A ghost story over a hundred years in the making, Fractured Spirits is narrative nonfiction at its finest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984893119
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2013
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 242,258
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Sylvia Shults started her career in paranormal investigation with her first nonfiction book, Ghosts of the Illinois River. The research quickly grew into an obsession, cementing her childhood fascination with ghost stories. How cool is it to find out that ghost stories can be true?
Shults is also the author of many fiction books, writing both horror and romance. Her books include the horror short story collection The Dark at the Heart of the Diamond and the humorous romance Double Double Love & Trouble (both Dark Continents Publishing). She works at a library in Illinois, the better to feed her reading addiction. She lives with her husband, a furry German Shepherd daughter, and three obnoxious cats. She loves hearing from readers, so please visit her on the Web at sylviashults.com or on any of her Facebook fan pages(Darkheart for horror, Sparkleheart for romance, or Ghosts of the Illinois River or Fractured Spirits for ghost stuff).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Love the book,got a personal tour of the grave yards in Bartonvi

    Love the book,got a personal tour of the grave yards in Bartonville from Sylvia on October 4th,2013.Great reading! Ghost4youjk 5 stars

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