242 West Shamrock St.
Pineville, LA 71360
I don’t know about you guys but there is nothing more intriguing that an old abandoned insane asylum. With the amount of energy that is contained in this type of building along with the sheer creep factor, a haunted asylum is at the top of any paranormal investigator’s to-do list. Hospitals for the mentally ill have not always been given the best reputations as far as cleanliness and hospitality. Unfortunately, only up until modern times, mental hospitals have literally served as dumping grounds for the less fortunate with an irreversible illness. The final straw came in 1972 when a then-young reporter by the name of Geraldo Rivera filmed a horrific expose on the Willowbrook Mental Hospital on Staten Island in New York. Sneaking in unexpectedly, Rivera unveiled the horrendous treatment, disease-infested buildings and low staffing of this decrepit hospital. Fortunately, the report would ultimately lead to the closing of Willowbrook, albeit it would take fifteen years to do so, along with an alternative, more humane, approach to taking care of the mentally ill.