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Asylum may have been the inspiration for H. P. Lovecraft's Arkham Sanitarium, which in turn was the inspiration for Arkham Asylum in the Batman comic book series. Danvers also appears in H. P. Lovecraft's short stories "Pickman's Model" , "Herbert West Reanimator" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". In the game Painkiller, one of the levels, called Asylum, is based on the central administration section. While the outside is a faithful reproduction, the inside is not.
Waltham - Metropolitan State Hospital - From approximately 1974-1976 a former employee worked at Metropolitan State Hospital as a Mental Health Worker I. they were assigned to the TriCity unit, initially working with the geriatric patients and later in their acute and chronic wards elsewhere on the campus. They report Metropolitan State Hospital even then was an eerie place. Sad to say, but conditions back then weren't the nicest. Not to say abusive, but they were still pretty grim. The typical unit was set up with a desk where the staff would congregate for most of their shift and a large number of chairs lining the walls. God help you if you ever tried changing the configuration of the furniture. It had to be institutional with all chairs against the walls. In most units there would also be one or two tables with chairs around them for various activities. The patients would sit in the chairs, sit around the tables etc. e television was constantly on for everyone's amusement. The staff had a ring of keys which let them in and out of the units. In each unit there were halls that ran perpendicular to the main hall which led to a row of rooms where the patients slept. These included some smaller rooms for individuals or two people and occasionally a larger room for several people in a bunkroom style. The walls were always a sad pale green color and the windows had grids on them. And there was always one room which was padded and could be locked to contain violent patients who were having an incident. the tunnels were built so that someone could travel between the various buildings during inclement weather etc. the worker used them a few times and they were very small and claustrophobic feeling, lit by lights at ceiling level every several feet. The tunnels always felt eerie as though there were something just ahead or behind you. A lot of staff insisted that if they had to travel by tunnel that they go alone. Some of the buildings didn't use all their floors when they where there. In the building which housed the TriCity acute and chronic wards the top floor was closed. One time during a break they went upstairs and unlocked it. The entire area was dark with no power and though they knew the layout because it was identical to the one downstairs they didn't spend more than a few minutes there. The oppressive feeling was just too great and felt as though it were "crushing". Today, Metropolitan State Hospital and all of its buildings are closed down and the grounds are very carefully guarded. - visitors to this site where chased off the property. no tresspassing. If you want to go in you really need to coordinate it and get written permission. And you need to be sure to bring someone with you. - Whether you are walking the grounds or go into a building or the tunnels it is one very scary place.
Originally posted by fourthhorseman
As an E.M.T, I transported patients to both of these facilities before they closed, And can tell you the old Danvers sans CREEPED ME THE # OUT!
Theres very little of the original buildings left, But they kept the facade of what was the admissions building to house the condo admin offices and I believe some sort of recreation center. I was actually just in one of the condos visiting a friend 2 weeks ago and we had a blast wandering the grounds. Actually her condo is very nice and well worth the price she pays in rent. And no she has'nt seen any ghosts,apparitions or poltergeists. Actually when they finally did close the place down they just opened the doors and released many patients into the street with no services or further care, Actually pretty sad.