24. 2007: Trenton State Hospital
Though the New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum was renamed and is still partly functional, the history behind this place will give you the shivers. Dr. Henry Cotton became the director of the asylum in 1907 and remained so for 23 years. He believed that all mental illness was because of infections in the body. He removed patients teeth, ovaries, testicles, and even stomachs, even if there was no evidence of infection, and believed he was curing them – at a rate of 85%. The reality, though, was that a lot of his patients died as a result of their surgeries. A lot of these surgeries were not permissed by patients families but still went ahead. Parts of the hospital are now in disrepair
23. 1912: A Mummified Heart
August Delagrange was rumored to be a vampire. He was accused and convicted of killing 40 people. He was then executed in 1912. Believing him to be supernatural, they pierced his heart with a stake to ensure he wouldn’t be coming back!