3 True Unsolved Mysteries of Mental Asylums
1.The Gatineau Vampire
On January 4th, 2006, 28-year-old Richard Tracer was arrested after he broke into a home in Gatineau Quebec and murdered all five family members living in the home. While they slept, Tracer cut their jugulars and then latched on to their neck and drank their blood. When he was arrested, he said that he needed the blood or he withers away. Tracer had a history of mental illness and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was supposed to be on medication, but at the time of the murder, Tracer wasn’t taking it. Tracer was sent to Canada’s only hospital for people who are criminally insane “The Philippe PinelInstitutee in Montreal.” Tracer who came to be called a vampire of God knew in the newspapers was admitted into the hospital on June 1st, 2006 due to the barbarity of the crime. He was put into isolation even though he was back on his medication. Five days later, When a staff member went to serve Tracer his breakfast. She made a startling discovery. Tracer had been brutally murdered somehow, someone or people got into his locked room stabbed him in the chest and decapitated him, also on his forehead. A cross was burned into his flesh and his mouth was stuffed with garlic. An autopsy was performed at Tracer, He had been tied to his bed and killed. He died with a single stab wound to the heart with a sharp wooden stake just hours before he was found. The medical examiner believed that the cross was burned onto the forehead by someone who heated a metal crucifix and then pressed scalding hot metal against the skin, similar to the way that livestock is branded. The police are unsure who killed Tracer but they suspect that a staff member may have been involved that would explain how someone got into the room that was locked. Another hint a staff member was involved is that none of the weapons or the cross was ever found and it’s more likely that a staff member smuggled them out instead of a patient hiding them or disposing of them. Especially the large butcher knife that had been used to decapitate Tracer. Another thing that the police is unsure about is if Tracer was killed because someone actually thought he was a real vampire or if he was murdered in that fashion. As an act of revenge vigilantism.
2. The Hospital Fires
On September 12, 1987. In the middle of the night, a deadly fire broke out at the mall back home in Wichita Kansas. Travis (38 years old) and Sharon (36 years old) were both killed. Their 12-year-old daughter Karen miraculously survived but she suffered third-degree burns all over her body including her head. After hours of skin grafts, she was left terribly disfigured. The whole experience also left her mind in shambles and she was committed to a psychiatric hospital. In the hospital, Karen would wear a black wig, sunglasses and wrapped a black scarf around her face. She kept to herself and everyone else seemed to be afraid of her. The doctors and nurses tried to encourage the other children to talk to Karen. But no one wanted to talk to her. She quietly ate alone while facing a wall. Then the rest of the time she sat and looked out the window and didn’t speak to anyone. After a while, most people stopped noticing that she was even around, even the staff. About seven months after Karen came to the hospital. there was a fire in the ward. One of the patients, 16 years old girl, named Patty Fredburg was killed when her bed inexplicably first into flames. The fire marshals weren’t able to confirm it but he thought it was an electrical fire caused by a faulty electric blanket. Two months later, there was another death caused by a fire in the ward. This time it was in one of the washrooms. It was a 15 years old girl who wasn’t identified. The best guess the investigator could give was that she set herself on fire as a way to commit suicide. The third fire started in the dining room two months after the washroom fire. A 15 years old girl named Sally Bennet was napping in the lounge when her blanket caught fire. This led to the girl’s pants catching fire. Unfortunately, instead of stopping and rolling, bennet ran around the lounge and this made the fire spread. She finally stopped to take the pants off. The hospital staff was able to smother the flames and Sally was rushed to the emergency room. Since there was so much confusion. No one remembered if Karlin was near Sally when the fire started. Amazingly Sally survived but her lower half suffered third-degree burns as did her hands when she tried to get her pants off. She returned to the mental hospital after recovery from surgeries. Just after she returned, the doctors were amazed to find Karlin talking for the first time since coming to the hospital. Karlin was quietly talking to Sally. They were sitting in the lounge and quietly chatting as if they were old friends. After that, the mysterious fires at the asylum came to an end. No one could prove that Karlin was the arsonist. But the rumors persist to this day that Karlin started them all in the hopes of finding a friend.
3. The Missing Nurse
On November 19, 1952. A small fight led to a full-on riot in the ward ‘A’ at the Danvers State hospital just south of Boston. It was the most dangerous ward in the hospital because it housed the hospital’s most violent offenders. The ward went into lockdown and that’s when the staff realized that one of the nurses 25 years old Susan green was unaccounted for. The staff was hoping that the green got out before the riot started and simply left work early. But when the hospital staff checked her locker, they saw her street clothes and car keys. So they knew she was locked inside. The police came and the riot was quelled after three hours. The police went into the overcrowded ward to look for the missing 25 years old nurse. But no trace could be found. Every one of the patients was accounted for. However, three of the 32 patients in the ward were violently killed during the riot. This made the ward a horrible crime scene because this was 1952. And the police had no idea if any of the blood that covered some of the patients and that was splattered around the ward was greens or the dead patients. When green disappeared there were two theories as to what happened to her. The first is that she left the hospital before the riot and either chose to disappear or was kidnapped outside the hospital. The second theory is that the inmates killed her and somehow disposed of the body. However, the police couldn’t find any traces of the green, not even her bones which would have been impossible for them to dispose of. Over the course of the riot, the true fate of the nurse green wasn’t discovered. 61 years later when the asylum was being torn down. Construction workers found a cellar room that had been closed off in the last reconstruction. It was 8 by 10 windowless room and inside of it a human skeleton. In the ceiling of the cellar was a tunnel that led up into the ward ‘A’. It’s believed that sometime before the riot, the inmates cut out the hardwood floor. So that it looks like natural cuts in the wood and then they somehow board their way into the cellar below thinking it was a way to escape. When did, they realized that the tunnel would not let them escape but it did give them a secret storage space. a pathologist inspected the bones and determined that they belonged to a woman. What was really disturbing as that Green was 25 when she went missing. And the skeleton belonged to a woman who was at least 38 years old. The pathologist also said that it does not appear that the woman died a violent death. The police tracked down one of the Green’s leases who gave her DNA. They compared it to the DNA From the skeletal remains and they confirmed that the skeleton was the missing nurse.