Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums: Inside Abandoned Institutions for the Crazy, Criminal & Quarantined

Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums: Inside Abandoned Institutions for the Crazy, Criminal & Quarantined

by Jamie Davis Whitmer
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Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums: Inside Abandoned Institutions for the Crazy, Criminal & Quarantined 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Melinda_H More than 1 year ago
Paranormal buffs will find this book of great interest. The reader explores various well known asylums, sanatoriums, prisons and institutions for the insane. You read of the history of these locations, rumored hauntings while the author researches what spirits and/or activity lurks. Each chapter focuses on a specific location, provides extensive background history. Ending each chapter is a detailed summary on specifics of the site along with information in the event the reader would like to visit and do their own paranormal investigation. Also included is the research findings the team stumbled upon through their experience. The book is well written in an informal manner as if you’re with the tour group, information is precise and intriguing. Wonderful collection of photographs throughout the book. The experiments tracking the spirits were ambiguous, not really concrete (my opinion)  but enough to whet your appetite to seek more of the supernatural. A paranormal travelogue with  information on access and specifics of each location, cost, airports, contact information all contained for your pleasure. I’m not a paranormal expert by any means, however, I felt this book was a wonderful way to initiate further reading, research, and organizing of a field trip to see for yourself of the offerings of these mysterious institutions. Great read for a newbie ghost hunter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personally I don't think this book is worth the paper it's printed on. I own a good collection of books on hauntings & haunted places & to me this is book average at that. It just goes to prove you shouldn't go rankings alone.
horrorchickSS More than 1 year ago
Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums: Inside Abandoned Institutions for the Crazy, Criminal & Quarantined is a fast, fun read. The subject of haunted asylums is one that is very dear to my heart, as I have spent quite some time studying the Peoria State Hospital. This book is an enjoyable addition to my collection of books on haunted places. The authors are unapologetically enthusiastic about their chosen hobby, and they have graciously put together a guide book to some of the top haunted asylums etc of the United States. And in true guide book fashion, there is even a tidy section at the end of each chapter with practical information on what to expect when you visit each of these sites. I loved the format of this book, which was basically like a fellow ghost hunter saying "Hey, guess where I went last weekend!", with Sam laconically adding his two cents at the end of each chapter. I work at a library, and I've already recommended this book to people who've enjoyed the books I've written. I recommend this book to any amateur ghost hunter who is interested in visiting the places mentioned in the book, and who wants to get a feel for the places before they go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an impulse buy, off a Halloween display at my local bookstore. At first glance, I thought it would contain some light, fun Halloween stories. Boy, did I get more than I bargained for! These authors actually traveled to all of the locations in this book and turned in a unique travel guide. Paranormal tourism? I loved it! I never even knew there was such a thing, but it intrigues me because of the mix of history, architecture, and ghost stories! The only thing that I wished the book had that it didn't was floorplans, maybe printing some of the photos in color, and of course covering more locations! I hope for a sequel of new locations.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Haunted Asylums, Prisons and Sanatoriums takes us inside some of the darkest places in history, where people suffered or were treated in a cruel, dehumanizing way. Throughout the book, we learn more about the history of these places, and their supposed hauntings, as the author conducts research to find out who the ghosts are haunting these spots. Each chapter is dedicated to a seperate location, and begins by talking about the location’s history, then its specters, and then the author and her team conduct a thorough ghost hunt of the place. At the end of each chapter is information on how to get to the place, if/how you can do ghost hunts on your own, etcetera. This is one of the best non-fiction books about hauntings that I’ve read. The book is well-organized, and well-written. The author doesn’t lose herself in trivial details when talking about history, and instead what we learned is significant and intriguing. The stories are backed up with pictures, some of which made shivers crawl down my back. One picture in particular really set me on edge. The strange thing is that it’s not even talked about in the book. I mean, it’s included, and it’s mentioned that it’s a picture of the Farrar school, but Davis makes no mention of the two figures on the picture – one little girl and a larger person. It’s one of the clearest ghost pictures I’ve seen in a while, and really impressive! I hope I’m not the only one seeing it though, because that would be totally creepy. The language is quite informal, like Mrs. Davis is telling us a story. This might not be for everyone, but I really liked it, basically like she’s operating as some sort of tour guide, which fit the theme of the book. I have some comments about the way Mrs. Davis and her team conduct ghost hunts though. They rely heavily on a flashlight, using them for flashlight conversations. It’s the first time I’ve heard someone use this method at such lengths, and it would’ve convinced me more had there been video evidence included (of course that’s tough for a book) but I wasn’t really convinced the flashlight responses were anything other than random spikes. I much prefer actually hearing voices on tape, or seeing pictures of ghosts. Also, the questions asked during the flashlight conversations weren’t always to the point, and sometimes had a double meaning ghosts may not be able to interpret. I thought more fitting questions should’ve been asked, and other research should’ve been conducted as well, rather than just the flashlight conversations. As a travel guide, this book is extremely useful, especially with the info about each location at the end of each chapter. For people interested in ghost hunts and the author’s personal experiences, the book lacks vital info – I had the feeling much more research should’ve been done at each spot to get a good grip of what’s happening. The book was a very pleasant, enjoyable, sometimes chilling read. I can’t wait to visit these haunted asylums, prisons and sanatoriums!