BARTONVILLE STATE HOSPITAL
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The story of Bartonville State Hospital.
notorious places for haunting, simply because they are buildings
that see many deaths. However, there is one hospital, Bartonville
State Hospital, who has a resident ghost that felt so strongly for
the place and its patients that he decided to stay around long after
his time to mourn the deaths of past patients.
In 1885, construction on the
Bartonville State Hospital began. As it progressed, it became
evident that the castle-like design was too dark and sinister for
such a place, and there were structural errors, and the work that
had been completed up to that point was torn down and construction
began once again. In 1902, the hospital officially opened its doors
and Dr. Zeller was one of the most well-known and well-liked doctors
who worked there. He was a kind man and good to his patients. The
main building was a much more contemporary structure with 33
separate cottages that would be used for patient residences.
Although it was the 1900s and insanity was viewed as a much more
twisted condition than it is today, there were still no bars on the
patient’s windows or bed restraints. At the time, this would have
been considered extremely cruel.
Dr. Zeller was responsible for this
kind of patient care as he could see that his patients were actually
people, whether they were of the right mind or not. It was Dr.
Zeller that designed the four cemeteries in the back of the
hospital. These cemeteries, which started as just one cemetery, were
to be used for patients who had no family to come claim them once
they died. The first cemetery that was built was where the first
haunting occurred and Dr. Zeller himself witnessed and recorded it.
To help with burying the bodies of
those that had died, Dr. Zeller assembled a team to help him with
the task. One of these men that helped him with this work was known
as Bookbinder. Bookbinder was a very sensitive fellow and whenever
the team had to bury someone, Bookbinder would become very
emotional. He would go lean against an old elm tree that was in the
cemetery and weep loudly. Bookbinder was well-liked by everybody,
staff and patients alike. When he died, the staff and patients held
a funeral for him to say goodbye. Four hundred people stood around
and watched as his casket was lowered into the ground. At the same
time, they were also all present to hear the low moaning.
Shocked, everyone turned towards the
direction of the sound, only to find that it was coming from the old
elm tree and that Bookbinder himself was standing there, weeping as
he had done for all the funerals before his own. Many of the
witnesses turned and fled out of the cemetery, too spooked to stick
around to see what would happen. Dr. Zeller was shocked as well and
ordered that Bookbinder’s casket be opened immediately. Just as the
guests were seeing Bookbinder’s body in the casket, they also saw
the apparition of Bookbinder disappear before their very eyes. Once
the elm tree seemed to be crying a short time later, it was decided
that the tree would have to be removed.
As the axe was being swung to cut down
the old tree, a low moaning could be heard once again. Being spooked
by Bookbinder but not wanting to upset him, it was then decided that
burning the tree may rid the cemetery of the creepy haunting. But as
the tree was being burned, Bookbinder’s sobs could be heard very
loudly. If one chooses to visit the cemetery today, they will still
be able to see the old tree, long since dead, standing in its
original place. And if they’re very lucky, Bookbinder himself may be
seen standing next to it.
Bartonville State Hospital
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