the grounds

35mm by j. "THE BOWEN BUILDING, NOVEMBER 2010."

35mm by j. "THE BOWEN BUILDING, NOVEMBER 2010."

35mm by j. cemetery ii

35mm "PATIENT 860" by j. cemetery ii

35mm "PATIENT 713: BOOKBINDER" by j. cemetery ii.

Bookbinder's story is probably the most well-known of all the patients who lived at the Peoria State Hospital. In fact, even though "Old Book" was a mute, he had always been a favorite since being admitted into Peoria State. He has been even more so in death. Almost 100 years later, Bookbinder now, finally has a headstone. It is said that Bookbinder was not neglected headstone but it had been stolen due to his popularity. When he was admitted, his job was to help bury his fellow unclaimed patients. During their funerals, he would lean against the large "Graveyard Elm" and would cry hysterically for each forgotten patient. When Book died in 1910, his funeral brought hundreds of mourners including doctors and nurses. It is said that his weeping, ghostly apparition appeared next to the Graveyard Elm as his wooden casket was being lowered into the ground. After his burial, the tree began to rot as multiple reports emerged over the years of a man weeping in cemetery II at the Peoria State Hospital.

35mm by j. cemetery i

35mm by j. cemetery iii

35mm by j. cemetery iv

Description

Over 4,000 unclaimed patients were buried here between 1902-1973.

Type

Documentary, Film, Independent, Feature, Political, Haunting, Human Interest