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    • Haunted asylums and sanitariums

    • Abandoned buildings; Asylums; Mental institutions; Mentally ill persons; Psychiatry; Mental institutions; Chains; Shackles;
    • Bill Denny collected a legend from Dennis Dodson pertaining to the abandoned Martinsville insane asylum in relation to people living in the surrounding area hearing the rattling of chains at night.
    • Death of spouse causes insanity

    • Legends; People; Spouses; Death; Death & burial; Mentally ill persons;
    • Michael Mulligan's transcribed personal account of a man who went insane after his wife's death. According to Mulligan, the man went insane after hearing of his wife's death and passed the insane behavior on to his son.
    • Haunted asylums and sanitariums

    • Asylums; Mentally ill persons; Mental institutions; Psychiatry; Mental health; Crosses;
    • Audrey Cooper collected a legend from Rick Toedtman pertaining to an insane asylum in the middle of the woods in Ohio in which insane persons escape.
    • Cherdron, Eliza Taylor 1921-01-31

    • Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926; United States -- Social conditions;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 01/31/1921. Writes that George Bernard Shaw and G. K. Chesterton are in the United States telling Americans as much "sarcastic truth" about their nation as they can. Says that she agrees with George Bernard Shaw that...
    • Boardman, Helen, n.d

    • Moore, Samuel; Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926;
    • Letter to Theodore Debs, n.d. Writes that she appreciates Eugene V. Debs's stance on Samuel Moore and hopes it will go a long way to counter statements that say he is criminally insane. Mentions that Warden Zerbst told her that Eugene V. Debs "was...
    • Curry, Mabel Dunlap 1945-02-17

    • Debs, Gertrude Toy; Diseases;
    • Letter from Theodore Debs, 02/17/1945. Says that his health has been wretched for a year or more. Mentions that Ada Caton visited he and Gertrude Debs, telling them that Eliza Caton was committed to the insane asylum after abusing and threatening...
    • Pittsburgh Socialist 1913-06-01

    • Strikes;
    • Letter from Eugene V. Debs, 6/1/1913. Writes that he received the copy of JUSTICE that the PITTSBURGH SOCIALIST sent. Says that he has no time to "answer the drivel" which the JUSTICE contained. Tells the PITTSBURGH SOCIALIST that it will be...
    • Bellush, Bernard 1944-06-29

    • World War, 1939-1945;
    • Letter to Theodore Debs from "Somewhere in France," 06/29/1944. Says that he appreciated Theodore Debs's last letter. Assures Theodore Debs that the "insane slaughter" will not last forever.
    • Martin Piniak

    • Tramps; Bridges; Homeless persons;
    • Gaye Riner's transcribed interview of Ron Sarnicki's account of Martin Piniak. According to Ron Sarnicki, Piniak lives under the bridge because he drove his wife insane. When he realized what he had done to his wife he began living as a hermit.
    • Licked hand, Vigo County, Indiana

    • Criminals; Mentally ill persons; Dogs;
    • Jim Rilley's typewritten variant of The Licked Hand urban legend as collected by Stephen Baker. In Rilley's variant, an old woman hears of an escaped insane patient and goes to bed with her dog for comfort. Later that night, she reaches down and...
    • Hatchetman's cemetery

    • Legends; People; Cemeteries; Ghosts; Axes; Homicides;
    • Raychel Tindall's transcribed interview of Jared Parsons about Hatchetman's Cemetery in Marshall, Illinois. According to Parsons, there was once a man who lived on Macke Road across from the Macke Cemetery. The man went insane and killed his wife...
    • Death of child causes insanity

    • Legends; People; Death; Children; Children & adults; Mentally ill persons; Insanity;
    • Thomas Kramer's transcribed interview of Mrs. Sargent about a person who went insane after the death of her child. According to Sargent, a woman near South Lake would light lights for her daughter every night after her daughter's death.
    • Death of child causes insanity

    • Legends; People; Death; Children; Children & adults; Mentally ill persons; Insanity;
    • Dorothy Goldschmidt's transcribed interview of Mrs. John Goldschmidt about a person who went insane following the death of her child. According to Goldschmidt, a woman killed her youngest baby because it was crying. She was never very sane, but it...
    • Death of child causes insanity

    • Legends; People; Death; Children; Children & adults; Mentally ill persons; Insanity;
    • Gaye Riner's transcribed personal account of a woman who went insane after the death of her child. According to Riner, the woman went crazy after her baby died and has chased her husband around with an axe. She also tries to dig up her baby's grave.
    • Death of child causes insanity

    • Legends; People; Death; Children; Children & adults; Mentally ill persons; Insanity;
    • Devon Scobee's transcribed interview of Lanni Clifford about a person who went insane after the death of her child. According to Clifford, a woman's husband died and then her son served in World War II. She got notification of her son's death and...
    • Death of spouse causes insanity

    • Legends; People; Spouses; Death; Death & burial; Mentally ill persons;
    • Lee Stewart's transcribed interview of Kirk Stewart about a man who went insane after the death of his wife. According to Stewart, the man hanged himself after his wife died.

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