Built in 1926, Waverly Hills was one of the country's premier hospitals for the treatment of tuberculosis. During the height of an early twentieth century epidemic of the lung disease, thousands of patients died at the sanitarium, with estimates now ranging between 6,000 and 65,000. A tunnel was built leading from the main building through which it's said that the dead were transported out, so that patients wouldn't see or realize just how many of their fellows were passing away.
Today, Waverly Hills Santarium is privately owned, closed to the public except for privately scheduled tours, and stands vacant and empty, the hollowed out remains of this once-bustling hospital. It's been profiled on the ABC/Fox Family Channel's "Scariest Places on Earth" and VH-1's "Celebrity Paranormal Project." Tonight it's the setting for the Sci-Fi channel's "Ghost Hunters," and part-time paranormal experts from The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) will be on hand with their equipment, hoping to document spooky happenings.
What manner of spooky happenings, you may ask? Well, for starters, here's a photo taken this morning by a crew member of a local radio station who broadcasted live from Waverly Hills. Notice the strange blue light in the top left corner. Upon closer look, it seems to form the words "No Show." Maybe they're not fans of "Ghost Hunters?" You can see a bigger version of the picture, which the station swears is untouched, at: http://www.themaxfm.com/Article.asp?id=503678
Perhaps even spookier is a video clip from this same radio station, when they broadcasted from Waverly Hills last year: http://www.themaxfm.com/Article.asp?id=299214
Listen closely to the dee-jay, George Lindsey, who explains what you're seeing in the video, then watch as the spectral forms of two small children seem to appear and disappear right in front of the camera. Waverly Hills is said to be inhabited by what locals call the "Shadow People," the ghosts of those lost within its walls during its somber past. Does this video capture the images of two of these unfortunate victims, the spirits of two poor children left to wander the dark, vacant corridors eternally together?
There's no denying that Waverly Hills is a place of terrible tragedy and hardship, a site where countless people suffered and died. It's creepy enough that I used it as the model for a fictitious haunted santarium in an as-yet unpublished book. I don't know if it's really haunted or not. But you still won't catch me there after dark.
With the creepy stuff out of the way, let's get back to the fun part of Halloween. For one day only -- today, Wednesday, October 31, 2007 -- I'm giving away your choice of FREE TREATS at my website! Just visit http://www.sarareinke.com/ and complete my quick and easy online form to claim your free Halloween treat! Choose from PDF copies of my available ebook titles or a signed cover flat for my new vampire romance, "Dark Thirst." Plus ALL entries will receive an eye-catching desktop wallpaper image featuring "Dark Thirst." All free! No tricks! And -- better than candy! -- no calories!
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