One of Missouri’s Most Haunted Locations!
The Glore Psychiatric Museum, St Joseph, Missouri
Located in Missouri’s second asylum – “State Lunatic Asylum No. 2”, the Glore Psychiatric Museum in St Joseph is a formidable foe, even for the most hardened paranormal investigator.
The asylum itself opened in 1874, and as with many asylums during the early days of psychiatric treatments, the techniques used on patients were nothing short of barbaric. These horrifying “cures” were often the cause of insanity in a lot of the unfortunate patients who had to endure them. Many of whom would die in the asylum and remain within its walls, their tortured souls left to wander the hospital corridors. The mental affliction they suffered in life, still present.
Not only is the museum scarred from the tragically misguided treatments and deaths of its mental patients, but the hospital also served as a facility for tuberculosis patients, many of whom spent their last days in the building.
In the 1960s, George Glore who was a long-time employee of the Missouri Department of Mental Health began putting together a collection of macabre items from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, that depicted the evolution of mental illness treatments. It was around this time that the hospital began to grow its reputation for being haunted.
Shortly after George had begun putting the artifacts together, the staff began to report sightings of apparitions, and shadow figures throughout the hospital. Often seen just out of the corner of their eyes in the hallways and doorways. And they reported the feeling of being watched almost constantly from apparent empty rooms.
Patients would also report the same thing too. On an ongoing basis, one of the patients was known for her communication with the spirits of the building, as she created several drawings, poems, and songs that detailed her paranormal experiences.
The reports of disembodied voices are a common one, with the sound of screaming, singing, and whispering often heard. Several EVP’s (Electronic voice phenomena) have been captured with the clear sound of a male voice shouting “GET OUT!”. Female voices have been heard calling out the names of current staff and visitors alike.
If you head down to the morgue, be aware you may come face to face with the apparition of a male, who is most often seen near the elevator doors…
As well as being one of the most haunted buildings in the state, the museum itself has been recognized as “one of the 50 most unusual museums in the country”, and it was recently featured in a book titled, “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”.