Monday, June 7, 2010
Which is More Haunted?
Does a TB clinic trump a house with a murder/suicide? Does a mental hospital beat a mortuary? And does a Nazi concentration camp beat them all?
Let’s break it down logically:
A home with a murder/suicide is a one-time deal. Not only that, but more than likely the murder victim didn’t see it coming. There was either little or no anguish depending on how expediently it was acted upon. However, the suicide portion involved rage and self-loathing, so there was a strong imprint of emotion, still only a very short time period in the history of the house. This is kind of like the time of man on Earth in comparison to the universe’s history. As we can attest that the world doesn't appear to be filled with all the spirits from the other side, we can assume it only is an ability for a certain few and the odds of those 2 people being "haunters" is statistically low. You will need more murders and suicides in that site.
Now, we move on to the TB clinic; definitely a place of illness and melancholy and much death. Long, slow lingering deaths occurred within those walls with families separated and anguished by that alone. The TB clinics were around for quite some time until antibiotic treatment. However, these clinics were places people knew they were going to when gravely ill and they also knew the point in which they were getting worse and would not leave the place alive. So, although horrific, there was a time and place for peace with the end coming;a sort of psychological acceptance. As well, with nurses and doctors trying to comfort them, compassion was also imprinted in this environment.
What about mortuaries? People often think they’re the scariest of all. A place where dead bodies are prepared for burials certainly sounds like it should be haunted. But, mind you that the people who enter there are already dead. If you believe in the concept of souls, the soul is peeled away from the body right at the time of death (and according to NDE people, sometimes before the point of death). The only thing we would really have to fear about a mortuary is just to know that dead bodies were there, which in anyone’s mind is going to be uncomfortable.
Mental hospitals should be quite haunted, right? I admit that when I was a kid, my oldest sister spent a year and a half in mental hospitals. It was a crude time in mental health, but they did so many electroconvulsant treatments on her, she forgot her entire childhood. We were all strangers to her. She never got those memories back. ECT does cause memory loss. Most often, just short-term which is helpful to people with depression because, more or less, they forget the train of thoughts that led them into a dark alleyway in their minds. However, I did get to visit her in the cafeteria and visiting rooms and I have to say that most people seemed to be very heavily sedated on thorazine and undergoing ECT, so truly the main anguish here was in the visitors. There were few who ever died there, except for some suicides and in a strange sort of way, those were voluntary ways out of living and a relief for the tormented and not an unwilling act of death.
So, now we’re down to a Nazi concentration camp. Should this be the most haunted place in the world? It meets some amazing criteria; immense hatred, immense horror, immense fear, families torn apart, starvation and bodily harm, experiments and burning and torturing en masse and over a long period of time in a single site. So, yes, we should expect the Nazi death camps to trump all the other haunted sites.
It would seem that there are actual elements to haunted places that should be considered when deciding if they are haunted or super haunted. A prison and a concentration camp should be considered super high billing for amount of torment and death over a long period of time in a crowded environment, perhaps high billing for a hospital or battlefield, a moderate billing for a mental hospital or TB clinic, and a lower billing for suicide or a crime of passion.
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