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The Old Torrance State Mental Hospital

The Old Torrance State Mental Hospital (OTSMH) is, in my opinion, the scariest place I have ever explored, and the scariest place in Pennsylvania for that matter.  Even looking at these pictures gives me goosebumps, especially when I know how dreadfully evil the aura around the place is.  In the mid 1960's, OTSMH was shut down - due to patient neglect, overcrowding, and numerous patient escapes - and replaced by a larger hospital a couple of miles down the road, which is still in operation to this day.  OTSMH is renowned for having inhumanely treating patients - some records suggest that patients were hung from hooks, tied to the walls, confined in rooms with no beds or bathrooms for weeks at a time, and some people claim that some were even buried alive.  Regardless of what happened here, it is obvious that it was demonic...the entire property has a very undeisreable feel to it.  As soon as you step out of your car, you get the feeling that, for some reason, you should not be there.  A cold draft emancipates from within the ancient walls, cooling the entire grounds.  The surrounding lands are dark and eerie, and if you go alone, you will not get far; I guarantee you will leave as soon as you get near the building.  Surrounding the old hospital are huge, wide-open fields, which was probably intended, because having fields surround a place like this makes spotting and catching escapees much easier.  The building itself is in pretty good shape considering its age, but the second floor is off limits and unsafe.  The scariest portions of the building are located in the basement, particularly the furnace room, but the entire place will make your teeth chatter and your heart beat just a little faster.  I will not go into my personal experiences here on this page for personal reasons, but I have written a 4 page documentary of my experiences, and if you would like to read it, let me know and I will email it.  If you explore any place in Pa, let this one be it....however, this place is not for the faint of heart - This isn't the kind of scariness and fear that goes away when it's over....the fear sticks with you for a long gets inside your head.  It is because of this that I have deemed the Old Torrance State Mental Hospital "The scariest place in Pennsylvania."


The left wing of the hospital  Front         Fields around Torrance