That sure is a scary story! I know of friends who went there, and my brother did the same just earlier tonight. But one question: (this is
something a friend of mine who lives in Downey claimed was the gospel truth) why not just assume the city DIDN'T shut the electricity completely off.
In other words, why do you automatically state that the hospital's electricity was shut off just because the place has been officially shut
down by the government. And contrary to what some people have told me, the hospital was not closed under suspicious conditions. Actually all state run
mental hospitals were closed under the Reagan administration..
That's what accounts for the majority of those "crazy" homeless people
(including a large number of veterans who WISH they had died out on the battlefield) you see out on the streets with nowhere to go. The sad thing is
they HAVE no place to go, and that is scarier and more tragic than any ghost. Stay tuned to reality, people. Most of you are young people who probably
couldn't imagine streets without homeless people, but there was a time when "hobos" were actually (erroneously) seen as free spirits rather than
objects of pity. And it wasn't that long ago.Combine that with the re-emergence of harder drugs like smack and crack and hell crystal meth in the
inner city. I'm not saying I wouldn't be scared myself, but chances are it's all a part of my brain triggering twangs of paranoia. And being
scared is a natural reaction to the unknown. Point in case: unknown. You have three differnt people witness a scene you get three different answers.
And I'd be scared of a nut, druggie or rapist/murderer just hanging around there.
DON'T ASSUME THINGS. Like that the city shut off the power. Why would they? And create a place for junkies and other criminals to hang out? Like
everyone knows, the cops are constantly patrolling this place. I drive there all the time, and the fuzz are swarming it. Hey, remember the blood in
the refrigerator and the bloody hand prints and bullet shells? Obviously there has been some criminal element inhabiting this place recently. The cops
themselves have been trying to warn you of the kind of stuff that's gone down there. Maybe they won't give you specifics, but have you ever asked
them? And what about the weekend wiccans (some of them schoolmates of yours) who have left behind eery symbols and ceremonial paraphanelia? How many
times have you tripped over their stuff and assumed it was left by the Hollydale Witch. As for the alarm going off? Perhaps it was meant to keep you
OUT rather than keep anyone IN? (It worked, you ran like the devil) When the cops look into a window: They want to be able to see inside. YES, there
are street lamps. They're light is visible in some of your own photos (though the source ISN'T, I'll grant you that). Maybe your memory was too
panicked or blurry. At least blurrier than your pictures which were taken in an obvious hurry. I am an amateur digital photographer, and I know that
digital has a higher rate of bluriness than film (due to the slow reaction speed) and digital is TERRIBLE with dark shots. The sensors have way too
much noise. Even with flash. Trust me, there WILL be ghosts. Also, most ghost experts would agree - ghosts don't emit the kind of light seen on the
floor of the left hand side of that photo. It's too "un-eery" and definitely comes from an above incandescent source looking suspiciously like a
street light. Yes, that is a tree on the right hand side, not a lamp, the lamp itself is not seen.
So the cops told you the place was haunted? They'd say anything to keep you away, wouldn't they? Although, personally, I believe some of them
probably DO believe it is haunted . But, is a policeman's word law in matter of the paranormal? To conclude, the scariest things here have occured
AFTER the place closed down, and the perpetrators have all been counted among the living.. unless of course, that's your blood on those walls. I
swear take 50 people down there with some birthday cake, and don't expect anything, sing some hppy songs, paint the place pink - and notice how the
ghosts "magically" disappear.
For further reading: read "Whispers" by Ronald K. Siegel, a doctor at UCLA. While it does not address the truth of ghosts (and I honestly haven't
said there are no ghosts) it should explain alittle about the way our brains work and about the effects of everyday, common paranoia. Also, it has
some pretty scary/freaky stories that are ALL TRUE. Makes you think twice.