Topeka State Hospital

The Topeka State Hospital, formerly known as the Topeka State Asylum, opened its doors in 1872 for treatment of the mentally ill. By the early 20th century, rumors of rape and mistreatment in the hospital had already begun. Over the course of decades, the hospital became the subject of investigation for unethically chaining patients and neglect. In 1951 the hospital received damaging criticism when it … Continue reading Topeka State Hospital

Lindhurst High School Shooting

It’s been 27 years since Eric Houston was convicted of murder in the shooting deaths of his former high school civics teacher and three students during an eight-hour siege at Lindhurst High School in the Yuba County community of Olivehurst on May 1, 1992. Houston, was described as a 20-year-old disgruntled dropout, dressed in a camouflage hunting vest, loaded his car with an arsenal of … Continue reading Lindhurst High School Shooting

Andrew Cunanan – Versace Killer

Andrew Phillip Cunanan (August 31 1969 – July 23, 1997) was an American serial killer who murdered at least five people, including Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace and Chicago real estate developer Lee Miglin, during a three-month period in mid-1997. Cunanan’s string of murders ended on July 23 of that year with his suicide by firearm. In his final years, Cunanan lived in the greater San Diego area without a job. He befriended wealthy older men … Continue reading Andrew Cunanan – Versace Killer

Bryce Hospital – Alabama

Bryce Hospital, opened in 1861 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States, is Alabama’s oldest and largest inpatient psychiatric facility. First known as the Alabama State Hospital for the Insane and later as the Alabama Insane Hospital, the building is considered an architectural model. The hospital currently houses 268 beds for acute care, treatment and rehabilitation of full-time (committed) patients. The Mary Starke Harper Geriatric Psychiatry Hospital, a … Continue reading Bryce Hospital – Alabama

Attack On Nice

Mohamed Salmene Lahouaiej-Bouhlel  January 1985 – 14 July 2016 was a Tunisian terrorist living in France who carried out the 2016 Nice attack, in which he drove a truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, killing 86 people and injuring 458. Immediately after the attack, Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was shot dead by responding French police officers.  Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was born in M’saken, Tunisia, a small town about 10 kilometres (6 mi) outside the coastal … Continue reading Attack On Nice

The Tromp Family

The Tromp family were by all accounts a normal, hard-working household. Mark Tromp, 51, and wife Jacoba, 53, had established a successful redcurrant farm and earth-moving business at their property in Silvan, on the outskirts of the Victorian capital, Melbourne. But with little warning, on Monday 29 August they and their three adult children – Riana, 29, Mitchell, 25, and Ella 22 – got into … Continue reading The Tromp Family

Possession of Michael Taylor

The quiet town of Osset, near West Yorkshire, England, wouldn’t strike most as the sort of place where a sensational bloody murder and talk of exorcism and rampaging malevolent demons would erupt, yet it is here in this sleepy town of 17,000 where our sinister story begins. In 1974, 31-year old Michael Taylor, his wife Christine, their five children, and their poodle called Osset home. … Continue reading Possession of Michael Taylor

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

This West Virginia facility served as a sanctuary for the mentally ill beginning in the mid-1800’s. This 160 year old asylum holds fascinating stories of Civil War raids, a gold robbery, the “curative” effects of architecture, and the efforts of determined individuals to help better the lives of the mentally ill. Tour this nationally recognized historic landmark and see how it left a lasting impression … Continue reading The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum