Their website if you want to check out more information. This also provided me with more notes and corrections that I have put into this. Original draft didn’t really
seem so unbiased as I would have liked. The Ladd School was a mental and rehabilitation hospital (I will rectify comments in later part of the blog here), 1902 to 1982. It looks like it’s been demolished now but I thought it was a nice one to pick up for a story. Rhode Island is also famous to me because of H P Lovecraft so a haunted tale for his neck of the woods sounds like a wonderful opportunity to have a nose around its tales and urban legends.

I’ve seemingly found jumbled mentions so will try and make them slightly more ordered for the purpose of the blog. Ladd School has been described as a series of ten buildings with everything from the main function of the hospital to a dental clinic, x-ray clinic which had patient records from 1968-1987, bowling alley, kitchens, and a crematorium. Overlooking the compound was a 400 foot elevated water tower amidst a group of tress. 1977 supposedly saw reports of abuse and malpractice brought against the school, two decades later the school gradually moved the patients out and it was left to rot and decay so lets see what we can get rumour mill wise?

It was not a mental institution for psychiatry or some kind of mental asylum, the were there for people that suffered disabilities which at the time were labelled under mental retardation etc. This included such things as children with ADHD, pregnant teenagers (I know don’t shoot me), sex offenders, prostitutes etc. There is nothing to suggest the ‘patients’ of these things suffered the same kind of experimental treatments as those in the mental asylums but there was cause to believe they had suffered some form of abuse by attendants. Unfortunately I didn’t see anything about the records that were kept to suggest to what extent and frequency this occurred.

Haunted? Well like any old place of medical facilities, castles and the like with long histories I guess it is not that surprising that these rumours came about. One of which I found was July 3rd, 2002 where a group of explorers headed into the nurses station and heard the sound of a dragging piano with echoing chords as it went. It suddenly stopped and they all looked at one another’s pale faces before they heard it again and promptly left.

Amongst the tales of the ghosts etc are voices, strange noises, mists and orbs oh and apparently someone had their camera smacked out of their hand. My message  here would have been maybe the ghosts or whatever are a little fed up of people trying to take a picture… hey even as spirit it’s not safe to assume they cannot be camera shy surely?

For some reason the website above also mentioned a rumour about a secret graveyard for abortions. Whilst it is likely there would be abortions on the site (or  miscarriages even) I cannot see that they would be performing the medical procedure on site, there is no records of this and as with many things of these periods the records in the cemetery don’t always get kept or created in the first place. More likely any aborted child, like most that died anyway, would be in the unmarked graves. A sad but grim fact would be that without names it’s just the most likely to occur in my mind. Of course the very practical perspective would be (okay I sound  horrible but hear me out) with a crematorium on site the thing would have been running day and night so why not just dispose of remains there?

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  1. michael kors says:

    Very practical info. Hope to check out more content soon!

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