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Willowbrook State School -- A Voice Behind the Wall: IN THE NEWS Willowbrook was an awful example of how the mentally ill were treated. A horror house here in New York City.. The TV series on the local news gave Geraldo Rivera his career.

Willowbrook State School, Staten Island, NY - I watched a documentary called Cropsey that was about Willowbrook and children that had gone missing in the area, it was quite sad.

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In this file photo, from 1972, a number of patients at Willowbrook mental institution on Staten Island were left to their own devices for care.

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When Real-Life and Horror Intersect

One of the buildings of the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island that was in operation from the 1930s until it closed in 1987 due to allegations of abuse of the disabled.

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Truely one of the most frightening places I have ever been. Here lie the slowly rotting wards of old Seaview Hospital, the former property of the horrific Willowbrook State School, and our destination today, the windswept ruin that was the New York State Farm Colony.fcbuilding1

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As a reporter for WABC-TV in 1972, Geraldo Rivera slipped into the Willowbrook State School for the mentally retarded and exposed the dreadful conditions there. He won several awards for his efforts.

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Willowbrook State School was a state-supported institution for children with intellectual disability located in the Willowbrook neighborhood on Staten Island in New York City from 1947 until 1987.

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