Agnews Insane Asylum Site

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In the Great Earthquake of 1906, over 100 patients were killed and buried on this site. The hospital itself was said to be a place full of negative residual energy from shock treatment leaving the patients catatonic. Guests have been shoved and report the feeling of being watched. Objects have also manipulated themselves to move around.

(Submitted by Chris Berglund)

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1250 Hope Dr
Santa Clara, CA 95054
United States

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37.4010223, -121.95318070000002
Santa Clara County, California
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  1. I was walking toward hospital, and suddenly heard a noise, me n my friend and i were confused and looked toward the sound (it was coming from the church). We started walking toward the sound, and then we heard what sounded like a man yelling HELP or HEY, not sure which, but seconds later i heard a door slam shut… fuckin spooked

  2. My great grandparents (maternal paternal side) were committed in 1920. My great grandfather was James Alvin Hall – he went by James, Jim or Alvin. He died of a “heart attack” in 1934. His entrance records show he had a complete break with reality. My great grandmother, Lottie May Jess, died in 1938 of “angina” – most likely from too many shock treatments. Anyone who investigates, see if you get any responses on your EVP’s from them.

  3. I lived across the street on Bassett for several years and not only was my house haunted it was a scary experience going through the grounds of Agnews.

    After WW2 many scientists came to the Bay Area with full amnesty. Many were specialists in rockets and many were in mental “health” under Project Paperclip. My gf used to walk through there and here music coming from the maintenance area. At night steam would come up through the sewer grates (no other place in Santa Clara did that).

    Now after most of it closed, the county opened up a homeless shelter there. and of course they put it in the building with all the round rooms. The doors used to fly open, hear screams at night and if you sat outside, you could see literally see beings running left and right in the abandoned buildings. And our building had swastikas embedded in the steps of this place.

    I really want to know what the employees have seen and what the homeowners next door are experiencing

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