Old Marcy Insane Asylum

Since: Jan 08

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#780 Jul 31, 2013
Spelling flames? tsk tsk
Clay Wood

Jacksonville, FL

#781 Aug 7, 2013
I am still looking for man who would be in his early 70's now and was a teen in the early 60's. His name is Richard Cole. We were together in B-Bldg for about two years. I really want to find this man before we get too much further on in years. Rick ran away from Marcy in his late teens. I never knew what became of him. anyone with any information write to me at [email protected]
Thanks...
curious

Rifle, CO

#782 Aug 9, 2013
FormerPatient wrote:
Being a former patient at Marcy Psych Center I can assure you that the building you've broken into is not the Psych Center. The Psych Center is across the road from the prison. It's still there and still used today as a Psych Center. As you drive by the prison, on the opposite side of the Old River Road is a long drive leading to a series of buildings. That's the psych center.
What you broke into is our old school house. Back in 50's-60's this building to the east of the prison was used as a school for us patients. We would board and were brought to this school. There is farmlands behind the school which we used to tend to as well. The violently insane or others were not transported there as they could not be trusted, however, many of us simply had mental issues to deal with and were relatively non-violent. So we were allowed to learn and/or work in order to earn ca$h we could spend at the little store that was next to the gymnasium in the psych complex.
This school and the farm facilities were shut down in the mid-70's and allowed to fall into disrepair. A newer school was built behind the main building you see from the road if you look up that long driveway. After a few years, kids and even a few adult-children would break into this old school hall. At some point, a devil-worshiping cult formed inside there. It was in all the papers when it was discovered.
Anyways, just wanted to set the record straight as I have personal experience inside these facilities. Fortunate for me, I was able to find a Psychiatrist I not only could trust but one that actually helped me work through my issues. It's quite sad to remember some of the kids and young adults who were housed with me at that time and the things they would see, hear, and do. It was frightening sometimes and when I first arrived I am quite sure I shocked the snot out of some of the staff and patients too, but I can confirm, you've broken into a school house and not a psych center.
When was you a patient there? if you don't mind me asking, my biological mom was a patient there for epilepsy when she was in her 20's @ 1976. She had a black or samoan looking doctor that worked with her, do you know of him or where i would find info on staff that worked there around that time??
curious

Rifle, CO

#783 Aug 9, 2013
John morrison wrote:
to bullocks. yes im not a good speller. but after that expearance. I managed to hold a job for 30 years as a factory worker. im retired now. yes I have educational issues. that was one reason I was there. but I had a good life. and I have no criminal or drug or alchol issues. just some physical issues. im 58 years old. With bad eyes and a tiny key board and a small scheen. thank you for pointing out my mistakes
Hello john i was wondering if you knew of a patient name Beth Eaton she was there in the 70's for epilepsy. Also if you knew of a doctor there that was black or atleast had darker completion????
curious

Rifle, CO

#784 Aug 9, 2013
Looking for anyone that might have known a Beth Eaton believe she was in her 20's when she was at Marcy for epilepsy back in the 1970's. Also does anyone remember a doctor that worked there around mid to late 70's with darker complexion maybe black or samoan, ect. Any help would be much appreciated.
curious

Rifle, CO

#785 Aug 9, 2013
Jody wrote:
ok to get the record straight,to the person in the above post...Crane Hill was just PART of the facility...Crane Hill is where the children and early teens were housed.We were all on wards and we also had in house school....on a different floor.There were other buildings that housed older kids older then we were at that time,not sure of the exact age differences but I was 12 yrs old when I was in Crane Hill.There was one girl older then me but can`t remember how much older.There was also a Mental hospital that was a different building all together.The assumption that ALL of Marcy was a "nut house" is so far from incorrect.Yes there was a mental institution on the grounds but Crane Hill was not near it.Crane Hill was for children that had special needs.I have never heard nor seen any of these tortures,rapes or anything else going on while I was there or after.Yes there were a few not so nice staff there but none of the things I have read on this forum has happened there while I was there.Im sure because we were all in dorms and none of us girls were in private rooms someone would have noticed this going on.I really wish one of the old staff would come on this forum and get everything straight from them because I do not remember any of these goings on s that I read here.But then again I guess we remember only what we choose or what our mind tells us is correct.I myself choose to believe the actual truth.No ghost stories,no tall tales and no bull,just the actual truth of what happened there and I know because I was there.


Maybe where you were there was none of that bad stuff and your world was perfect but i can tell you in the adult building that stuff did happen it just wasnt reported and when stuff was reported files disappeared i am a product of my mom being raped in there by one of the doctors and nothing was ever done no investigation, no report on file just a 20 something yr old girl with epilepsy that had a baby all by herself. Just because nothing happend to you and you didnt see it doesn't mean it didn't happen
oldie

Ithaca, NY

#786 Aug 9, 2013
I can only imagine some of the stuff that went on there and feel so sorry for kids that were put in there. Many did not belong there. They were just considered problem kids. But look at the kids today and how many of them are on drugs or show no respect for their parents or adults. Imagine being put in there as a little kid and locked away, sometimes not even knowing why. So sad.
Maggie

United States

#788 Aug 31, 2013
I am so glad to have found this forum!!! My husbands brother was sent to Crane Hill at the age of 7. Jeff is now 55 yrs. old and has begun to mention things that happened to him while he was at Crane Hill, a little blub every 6 monhts or so. We are very upset with what we have heard from him and are happy to hear the stories of those who lived there. Jeff has 2 different developmental disabilities so it is difficult for him to answer our questions from him - it is also VERY clear that memories are painful and that he doesn't want to talk about his years there. Because of his disabilities he may think out loud for a fleeting moment and we get a hint of his past experiences. If anyone remembers Jeff/Jeffrey Scott, we would love to hear from you. He probobly arrived at Crane Hill in 1965, I will confirm that with my husband if I need to. To all of the alumni - We applaud you for your courage and perseverence. To the new friends and supporters of the alum - Kudos to you too!!!

Since: Jan 08

Rome

#789 Sep 4, 2013
Maggie, I pray your husband's brother can find peace in this world. It sounds like he has loving care now.
AletaE

Ledgewood, NJ

#790 Sep 5, 2013
curious wrote:
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Maybe where you were there was none of that bad stuff and your world was perfect but i can tell you in the adult building that stuff did happen it just wasnt reported and when stuff was reported files disappeared i am a product of my mom being raped in there by one of the doctors and nothing was ever done no investigation, no report on file just a 20 something yr old girl with epilepsy that had a baby all by herself. Just because nothing happend to you and you didnt see it doesn't mean it didn't happen
Sorry that happened to your Mom. You're right. Those of us in Crane Hill led a much more protected, sheltered life than those patients in the adult buildings.
AletaE

Ledgewood, NJ

#791 Sep 5, 2013
Maggie wrote:
I am so glad to have found this forum!!! My husbands brother was sent to Crane Hill at the age of 7. Jeff is now 55 yrs. old and has begun to mention things that happened to him while he was at Crane Hill, a little blub every 6 monhts or so. We are very upset with what we have heard from him and are happy to hear the stories of those who lived there. Jeff has 2 different developmental disabilities so it is difficult for him to answer our questions from him - it is also VERY clear that memories are painful and that he doesn't want to talk about his years there. Because of his disabilities he may think out loud for a fleeting moment and we get a hint of his past experiences. If anyone remembers Jeff/Jeffrey Scott, we would love to hear from you. He probobly arrived at Crane Hill in 1965, I will confirm that with my husband if I need to. To all of the alumni - We applaud you for your courage and perseverence. To the new friends and supporters of the alum - Kudos to you too!!!
I was there from late '65 til August '67, but I don't remember a Jeffrey Scott. If he was only 7, I probably wouldn't have noticed him because I was almost 13. Some of the male staff were mean to the boys, so if he has developmental disabilities, he was probably picked on. Where did he go when he got out?
Skott Harrington

Dallas, TX

#793 Sep 11, 2013
dawn thomas adams wrote:
<quoted text> When were you there. did you play the drums i just wrote about the kid that played drums and his name was scottie not the last name and do u remember me


I don't recall any names as I was only 5 or 6 years old. My doctors were Dr. Bell and Dr. Tuason. I was there for nearly 2 years and the as stated I wrote off for my medical records and have reviewed them thoroughly. I was diagnosed as "super-hyper active" but overall a well adjusted boy who's parents were too young and immature to handle me. My mother also suffered from PPD due to the loss of a child shortly after birth. I grew out of my condition but his has left a rift between me and my family. I am happy to help if I can with my records.
Skott Harrington

Dallas, TX

#794 Sep 11, 2013
Sorry for all the grammatical errors in my response to Dawn, I am typing too quickly. I would really like to find more information on this facility but am not willing to fork out $40.00 for an article by three physicians that I have no recollection of. Yes there was abuse here regardless of what some people have stated. There was physical, mental and sexual abuse all around but it was rarely handled or discussed. I can't say it really "damaged" me as I think I am relatively strong and handled these situations to the best of my ability. I may have blocked out a lot of this as I felt abandoned by my family who never visited me while I was here but I did receive letters. That was obviously not enough and based on my records they considered putting me into the Foster Care system. Anyone with a better memory please reply. Thanks!
AletaE

Succasunna, NJ

#795 Sep 14, 2013
Skott Harrington wrote:
Sorry for all the grammatical errors in my response to Dawn, I am typing too quickly. I would really like to find more information on this facility but am not willing to fork out $40.00 for an article by three physicians that I have no recollection of. Yes there was abuse here regardless of what some people have stated. There was physical, mental and sexual abuse all around but it was rarely handled or discussed. I can't say it really "damaged" me as I think I am relatively strong and handled these situations to the best of my ability. I may have blocked out a lot of this as I felt abandoned by my family who never visited me while I was here but I did receive letters. That was obviously not enough and based on my records they considered putting me into the Foster Care system. Anyone with a better memory please reply. Thanks!
You stated you were sexually abused at Crane Hill? By whom? Staff or kids? I was sexually abused by two different girls at separate times. I wasn't hurt or injured. I don't blame them for what they did. They were both going through puberty, curious, emotionally-disturbed, and had no regular access to boys. No staff ever touched me like that. However, I was spanked occasionally by certain staff members. The staff were not supposed to put the hands on us except to restrain us if necessary, but they did.
John Morrison

Rochester, NY

#796 Sep 19, 2013
to skirt Harrington I vegily remember you. you were on the little boys ward. ward 82. I was across the hall on ward 83 the big boys ward. I can remember that place like it was yesterday. I spent 7 years there. I was a foster child. I got discharged June 20th 1969. It's a place and a event that I will never forget next to the 911 disaster. I was the guy who always loved getting in to the asylums tunnel system. I was known as motors Morrison and also called the tunnel rat. I know ware all the tunnels are to this day
Hmmm

Needham, MA

#797 Sep 19, 2013
No deep, dark secret about the "tunnels", which are just hallways below grade. This is NY. It snows. Getting from one building to another is easier if you don't have to go out in the cold to do it. I worked at Marcy for several years.
John Morrison

Rochester, NY

#798 Sep 19, 2013
to curis. I john Morrison was there from march 9th 1962 to June 20th 1969. 7 years in that place. I was vary agry for years after getting out of that hole. but I managed to get on with a somewhat normal life for over 30 years. but I'm been invalved with the same system chitch 1999. but this time for a defferent reason and a more reasonable scenario. trama and depression and compilacated grief. and as an outpatient. I'm also on the Facebook crane hill alimini. my occupation was a factory worker for over 30 years. I'm now 60 years old
John Morrison

Rochester, NY

#799 Sep 19, 2013
I'm also dealing with some physical things too. both of my eyes are bad now and some Arthuritis outher isuss.worked for 30 years without a high diploma. and don't care to get one now. I have some learning disabilitys. but managed to keep a job for 30 years. but now I'm done
John Morrison

Rochester, NY

#800 Sep 19, 2013
to hmmm. what most people don't realise is that most of the tunnels wasn't open for general passage. only the ones between E. F and G buildings and west kitchen and C buildings basement kitchen ware for general passage. all the outher tunnels witch was mouch smaller accept the main tunnel was only accessible to maintenance workers. and not the asylum keepers or what we knew as attendents. those general passage tunnels was large enough to drive a gulf cart thrue. crane hill had a tunnel that did not connect to the rest of the campus it went under the fire department garage door at the safety department. it was totally seperate from the rest of the system. and west over did not have a tunnel they had streamlines that ware direct burial from C buildings rec room. and the gulfcourse clubhouse got It's heat also from direct burial from crane hill. and there was direct burial streamlines that went from crane hills tunnel under the main back road to the business managers house across the road. these lines may have also supplyed heat to the fresh water pump station at the old Marcy resivore too
John Morrison

Rochester, NY

#801 Sep 19, 2013
C building actually had 2 tunnels. it's steamlines came in at the end of the building from the tunnel that also feed and connected to the general passage tunnel between C buildings kitchen and west kitchen. if any one remembers hafe way in this tunnel there was a set of double green doors with the steam pipes coming out over them. this was the main feeders to the west kitchen building and also E. F and G buildings too

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