- By Sylvia Shults

Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital

  • Title: Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital
  • Author: Sylvia Shults
  • ISBN: 9780984893119
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fractured Spirits Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital During the first half of the twentieth century the Peoria State Hospital was the premiere mental health facility of its day Dr George Zeller instituted the eight hour workday for his staff removed p

    During the first half of the twentieth century, the Peoria State Hospital was the premiere mental health facility of its day Dr George Zeller instituted the eight hour workday for his staff, removed patient restraints, and made the asylum into a model for the care of the mentally ill Today, there are only a few buildings of the hospital left Some of them are still in uDuring the first half of the twentieth century, the Peoria State Hospital was the premiere mental health facility of its day Dr George Zeller instituted the eight hour workday for his staff, removed patient restraints, and made the asylum into a model for the care of the mentally ill Today, there are only a few buildings of the hospital left Some of them are still in use, others are inhabited only by ghosts Our guide to these ghosts and the history they represent is Sylvia Shults In Fractured Spirits Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, she brings a passion for paranormal investigation to her adventures at this haunted hotspot The spirits come to life once as Shults explores their former home Other voices help her tell the story this is a collection of people s experiences at the Peoria State Hospital Ghost hunting groups, sensitives, former nurses, and ordinary people share their stories with us, their voices resonating to create a panoramic view to rival the vista of the Illinois River To visit the remaining buildings of the Peoria State Hospital today is to visit a small piece of history A ghost story over a hundred years in the making, Fractured Spirits is narrative nonfiction at its finest.

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    1. This book hones in on the ghosts and spirits said to be haunting the Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville Illinois. Written in a narrative of gathered stories, rumors and innuendos, this non-fiction book relates to all the remaining building left on the grounds of the hospital - a hot spot for paranormal activity. These historical investigations, by many current prominent ghost chasing companies, include the four cemeteries on the grounds home to over 4000 residents of the asylum. The Peoria Sta [...]

    2. An unexpectedly deep journey into the depths of the insane asylum, Fractured Spirits was an easy read. I love non-fiction, as I'm always eager to learn. The writing is smooth, descriptive and concise without the usual fact-tsunami boredom. Although there was a few instances of repetition, I didn't feel they took away from the experience of reading. Anyone fascinated in hauntings, ghosts in general or the old insane asylums now long-since closed will enjoy. The author educates on people who lived [...]

    3. A charming and compelling book; Fractured Spirits, A Haunting at the Peoria State Hospital by Sylvia Shults is a collection of ghost stories centered around the now defunct insane asylum in Bartonville, Illinois. More than that, it’s a wonderful guided tour of the history and haunting of what was once the pinnacle of mental health care in the United States.Shults, a long time paranormal investigator herself, and an accomplished author, pulls the reader in with a well researched telling of the [...]

    4. I'm always glad when books on local ghost stories take care to impart the history of the area, too. It gives the stories more weight and meaning. Reading about the investigations into ghosts at the hospital was also enjoyable.Did I believe every story I read in this book? No. But I don't need to. I can enjoy those stories for what they are. Sylvia Shults isn't out to convince every reader that ghosts exist - she's instead sharing her love of the asylum and its stories and hoping someone else wil [...]

    5. This was good for the information but doesn't really give you the scare factor. Considering that I am from the 'Peoria' area it was neat to read about something that is less than an hours drive to get there. The only problem I had with the book is she repeated herself a lot.

    6. I love this book---although it probably helps that I'm in it! A lot of the things they talk about are things I have experienced during my times when I've ghost hunted in the Peoria State hospital various sites.

    7. Very interesting read that makes me want to go exploring. There is some repetition throughout the book, but still a great read.

    8. loved it. lots of history that I never heard about. learned alot about bowens true history. looking forward to now doing my own research on a couple of patients that were housed there.

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