Friday, October 19, 2012
American Horror Story and Waverly Hills Sanitorium
Interestingly, the asylum in American Horror Story reminds me of one of the best known haunted locations in this nation. It bares a striking resemblance to Waverly Hills Sanatorium. Of course, Waverly Hills was never an asylum. However, the hospital in American Horror story was once a tuberculosis hospital. According to the first episode, the asylum used to be a tuberculosis hospital where over 40,000 people died. When it was a tuberculosis hospital, there was a tunnel beneath the hospital where the bodied were pulled out of the hospital for disposal. They call it the death shoot. Waverly Hills also had a long tunnel beneath it. In this tunnel, motorized carts were used to pull the bodies from the hospital to be disposed of outside of the hospital. According to some rumors, as many as 100,000 people died in Waverly Hills. Waverly Hills was opened in 1910 and is located outside of Louisville, Kentucky. It has become a popular paranormal location and is considered by some to be the most haunted place in The United States. I have to wonder if the inspiration for this season's American Horror Story wasn't drawn from this amazing real life haunted location.