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A Stark Reminder of Abandoned Lives: Willard Asylum for the Insane

A Stark Reminder of Abandoned Lives: Willard Asylum for the Insane. Many families forgot about them so their stuff was never claimed

Abandoned Suitcases Reveal Private Lives of Patients | From the 1910s through the 1960s, many patients at the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane in upstate NY left suitcases behind when they passed away, with nobody to claim them. After learning of the Willard suitcases, Jon Crispin sought the museum’s permission to document each case and its contents.

In 1920, Anna Anderson turned up at a mental hospital in Germany as a Jane Doe. She refused to reveal her identity at first, but two years later she began claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, who was believed (though not by all) to have been executed with the rest of the Russian Royal family four years earlier. Anderson was the most well known woman claiming to be Anastasia, and she continued to uphold the claim until her death.

NJ - Lakeland Asylum (Abandoned): Story has it that the stains are blood. Apparently, 2 people were killed by a homeless man when they accidentally surprised him during their exploration of the asylum. The man stabbed them and they died from the injuries.