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Haunted Places: Letchworth Village

Updated on May 17, 2013
Memorial dedicated to those who died at Letchworth Village.
Memorial dedicated to those who died at Letchworth Village.
7 Feet Tall Creature.
7 Feet Tall Creature.

The Village of Secrets

Known as the village of secrets, Letchworth Village Rehabilitaion Center in Haverstraw, New York is one of the world’s most active paranormal locations. They called it the village of secrets because people that worked there didn’t want the public to know what was really going on. Letchworth use to be a mental institution. Just like any care facility, it had the best of intentions. Unfortunately, the plans for this facility didn’t work out the way it was supposed to.

Letchworth Village housed the mentally retarded, mentally ill, physically disabled, and people who they believed were unintelligent. ABC news New York did a report on the institution in 1972 called The Last Great Disgrace. The footage is very sad to watch, as you see children in wheel chairs, children crying, and children curled up into a fetal position on the ground. There was a quote from the report that said “This is what it looked like. This is what it sounded like. But how can I tell you about the way it smelled? It smelled like of filth, it smelled of disease, it smelled of death.” Since Letchworth was so understaffed, employees had problems keeping the children clothed. A reporter in the footage asked why the children were so unclothed. The nurse said they didn’t have the help to keep them properly dressed.

The kids were disabled. However, they were as normal as any other human being. Nobody knows why these kids were brought here. If I had to guess, it’s probably because the parents of these children didn’t want to have to take care of their illness or disability for a lifetime.

In the 1950s, they tested out the polio vaccine on an eight year old. The eight year old survived, so they decided to use it on nineteen other kids. This was not the only form of mistreatment at letchworth. When it came to supper time, some of the workers would shove food in the kids mouth. Some of the kids ended up choking to death because of this. Also, when it came time to give the kids their medication, they only had one spoon, so they used they same spoon for all the kids to give them their medication. Finally, there was the lab. When a patient died, their brain was removed and put in a jar with formaldehyde. Sounds like something out of your typical horror movie. Unfortunately, this was real life and they were all over the lab.

A couple of miles from Letchworth is the graveyard for the patients. During Letchworth’s run, it wasn’t appropriate to mention someone’s mental illness or physical disability, so they marked their graves in numbers. Today, there is a monument that has all the patients names at the cemetery. Hopefully, these souls are able to rest now.

People curious of the paranormal have trespassed on Letchworth even though there is no trespassing. Oddly, people report a feeling of addiction when coming to this particular haunting. The police don’t even want to come in if there are trespassers in the building. One trespasser said a couple of cops said “You guys are some sick f***’*. We didn’t even want to come in after you.” Now that has to make Letchworth Village a legitimate haunting. Read on, because it is.

A group of investigators that trespassed on the Letchworth property witnessed something very disturbing. When they were investigating the place, they were calling out a friends name. He then came over to them when suddenly they saw a 7 foot tall creature with piercing white eyes and legs bent backwards walking towards them. That wasn’t it. More activity happened....outside of Letchworth. One of the people in the group was listening to the radio when suddenly it went static and a voice came through the static noise.

The Village of Secrets definitely has a sad history. It’s also a terrifying haunting. Maybe if you step forth in Letchworth Village, you’ll discover more secrets about it for yourself.


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      A Penny Dreadful 

      4 years ago

      It does have a pull over some, this place. I have been there twice now and am going back. Without fail, my colleagues and I have had experiences- feeling like we were being strangled, faint tapping noises in threes, hearing someone shout from far away. No one else was there- we made sure of it.

      Be warned if any of you choose to visit there. Please do not go into this blind. Prepare yourself. Haunted or not, bad things happened here, and that has left its mark.

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      5 years ago

      Been there

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      6 years ago

      Drove around there today oddly hooked and wanting to go back....

    • manofmystery24 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by again Peter Geekie!

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      Peter Geekie 

      6 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear manofmystery24

      An excellent and well researched article on these places that are thick with atmosphere and the power of distressed souls.

      Voted up and awesome

      Kind regards Peter

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for reading Estrella!

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      7 years ago

      When I read about the 7 foot tall creature,I thought about creepy makings of new types of creatures,like Frankenstein...

      Also,great hub!

    • manofmystery24 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      The history of Letchworth Village is very sad. Some of the cruelest treatment on children happened there. Thanks for reading Amethystraven!

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      7 years ago from California

      Very interesting hub. It's sad how people treat each other, especially when it involves the abuse of Children. The 7 foot tall thing sounds a lot like a demon.

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      7 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      It's like they didn't even treat their patients as human beings. =( So sad and tragic. What a creepy place!

    • manofmystery24 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks reading and sharing that Lipnancy! I can't believe there would be worse!

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      Nancy Yager 

      7 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Oh my, unfortunately, Letchworth is not the only place in New York State (My State) that did this. It may be the only one that was caught. When I practiced Social Work, I heard many similar stories and worse from people who actually lived in these institutions. There must be many trapped spirits in these places.

    • manofmystery24 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks efeyas and etower036 for your comments!

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      7 years ago from Helana

      I remember this one being researched by Travel channels "Ghost Adventures" with Zak Baggen. Really an interesting investigation because of the many EVP's, picture and video evidence. The news footage was very disturbing for me and my wife because of the fact that my wife also is mild down syndrome.

      Great hub and voted up.

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      7 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Interesting hub. I would like to learn more about it. Voted up and awesome!


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