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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Haunted California - Atascadero State Hospital

Location: Atascadero, California, USA (ZIP - 93422)
Operation Time: 1954
Type: Not Kirkbride Plan

Atascadero State Hospital (also known as "ASH")  opened in 1954 as a state-run and self-contained psychiatric center. Patients were sent to the hospital by the Superior Court, Board of Prison Terms, or the Department of Corrections. ASH won the Ernest A. Codman Award in the Hospital category in 1998. The last patient murder in the hospital's history occured on March 30th, 2008, when patient Earl McKee strangeled fellow patient Lawrence Rael to death with a knotted towel. Atascadero State Hospital later began renovation, also transferrring a few patients to Coalinga State Hospital. The court regulated that the hospital reduce its restraints and medication; this made the hospital way more dangerous to work at. Due to the deaths at the hospital, it is quite likely that the asylum is haunted.

Key Points
  • Opened in 1954, operated by the state.
  • Patients sentenced there via Superior Court, Board of Prison Terms, or Department of Corrections.
  • Won an award in 1998 in the Hospital Category.
  • Last murder to occur was on March 30th, 2008.
  • Began moving some of its patients to the Coalinga State Hospital.

Key People
  • Earl McKee - Patient murderer
  • Lawrence Rael - Patient victim

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