The Metropolitan State Hospital
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The Metropolitan State Hospital was a psychiatric hospital located in Waltham, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1928 and closed its doors in 1992. This was due to the states cost-cutting policy of the state, because now people with mental illnesses were being moved into private care rather than being institutionalized. Since 2005, the buildings of the grounds have now begun the process of demolition by the state.
The hospital is probably most-famous for the murder scandal that developed in 1978. Patient Melvin Wilson murdered another patient by the name of Anne Marie Davee. Wilson allegedly cut Davee’s body to pieces, and kept seven of her teeth in his possession until they were discovered by workers in the hospital. No action was taken against Wilson until Massachusetts Senator Jack Backman led a full investigation.
In 1980, Wilson led the investigators to several spots that held evidence of the murder. This included a hut in the woods where the two supposedly met, as well as areas dug in the ground with Davee’s clothes and belongings. This included a hatchet that is believed to be the weapon which Wilson committed the murder with. It is also believed that there are over two-dozen bodies of kids who are buried in the grounds.
People believe kids are buried in the ground because there was also a children’s ward along with a hospital. When the children died, they would be buried right outside the property. The grounds of the hospital are believed to be haunted by all the tormented spirits who once called the place home. The place is common for people in the area to go in at night to seek ghosts, even though it is barracked off to the public. It has become so popular that it was even featured on the television show World’s Scariest Places.
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