Sunday, November 13, 2011
Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Considered one of the most haunted places in the world, Waverly Hills Sanatorium sits as a landmark to disease to death. It was built as an advanced treatment center for tuberculosis, but the majority of its patients tragically died. Without antibiotics, patients were prescribed a lot of fresh air (in all seasons- keep in mind this is Kentucky, and it does snow), an incredibly healthy diet and a treatment called heliotherapy, which utilizes the rays of the sun to create Vitamin D in the skin and fight the illness. Unfortunately the vast majority of patients, both adults and children, died here. To keep the other residents in high spirits, the deceased were taken through the Body Chute, an underground passageway that stretches below the building and away from the site. After the epidemic, Waverly Hills was turned into a hospital that treated all manner of illnesses, but by 1982 they were shut down due to lack of funds and serious mistreatment of patients. All in all, over 60,000 people perished.
Because of all the death this land has seen, is it any surprise that countless reports of strange noises and weird sightings flow from its front doors? Nearly every paranormal show or book has done an investigation here. There doesn't seem to be anyone who has visited the crumbling hospital that hasn't come out with some kind of experience.
What happens here?
There are more stories to file out of Waverly Hills than this post has characters for. Below is a run-down of some of the most prominent legends, tales and sightings from Waverly Hills.
The first is a long-standing story of the nurse near 502. Depressed, unmarried and supposedly pregnant, the nurse hanged herself, not seeing any other option. No one knows for how long she was there, undiscovered. But now she is seen around the room, walking back and forth, making herself known to dozens of people.
One of the most popular ghosts is Timmy, who seems to reside in the children's ward. There have been many accounts of him interacting with visitors, and he really enjoys playing with rubber balls. Several investigations have included EVP sessions using the ball, and there has been more than one video taken of the ball moving on its own, including on the popular SyFy show, Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzH7YMm6oKI&feature=related (Timmy playing with the ball)
There is a more recent spirit nicknamed "the crawler," or the "the creeper," that employees and guests have started witnessing within the past few years. It's reported to be a shadow very low to the ground that moves in the corridors on the fourth floor. According to the owner on Ghost Hunters, the shadow stands, then crawls up the wall to the ceiling. Honestly, that sounds frightening!
As with any haunted place, but maybe more especially at Waverly Hills, masses of EVPS have been captured. They've been reported to get more frequent in recent years. Electrical equipment will go nuts, and not because of any power coming to the buildings. No power is hooked up to the building. Footsteps resound all over the Sanatorium, and are heard quite often in the body chute/death tunnel.
The owners have brought in a wheelchair that a patient used to own in Waverly. It likes to move around the nurses' ward, and more than a few inches. Tina, the owner and caretaker of Waverly, has said it likes to roll across the room- 20-30 feet.
There have been so many pictures and videos and EVPs and personal experiences gotten from Waverly Hills. If you can name an activity, it happens here. Below are just a few of the tons of pieces of evidence of the paranormal at Waverly Hills. I hope to investigate here myself one day, and have my own experiences and evidence to produce for you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpl1kODMJK0 (ghost in the back window at about :36)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgVLSzykjIo (a lot of great evidence in one handy video)
To learn more about this astonishing building, here are a few websites to get you started!