The legend of “Cropsey” – the escaped mental patient who lived in the abandoned tunnels of the Willowbrook mental hospital in Staten Island, NY, and came at night to snatch children off the streets. “Cropsey” remained just that, an urban legend, until the summer of 1987 when a 13-year-old girl with down syndrome disappeared from her neighborhood. Five weeks later, she was found buried in a shallow grave on the grounds of Willowbrook.
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.
"Exposé of Willowbrook State School" - Geraldo Rivera - As a reporter for WABC-TV in 1972, Geraldo Rivera entered into the Willowbrook State School using a stolen key and exposed the abusive living conditions of the institution.
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