Danvers State Insane Asylum

Danvers State Lunatic Asylum

Location: Danvers, Massachusetts (aka Salem Village until 1752)

According to the historyofmassachusetts.org, the Danvers State Lunatic Asylum was built between 1874 and 1878. The land on which it was built is called Hathorne Hill after Judge John Hathorne of the Salem Witch Trials who had lived there. The land was purchased from a farmer, Francis Dodge, in the 1870s. It cost $1.5 million to build the asylum at a time when America was still recovering from their Civil War. Over time approximately 40 buildings went up to house TB patients, staff, the medical building, machine shops, two nursing homes, a pump house, cemetery, and cottages, many were connected by underground tunnels. read more

Jack the Ripper History

In this post, we are going to look at the murders committed and Jack the Ripper history. We will also explore the different suspects.

Location

The location where the five murders occurred over a three month period from August 31 to November 9 in 1888 was the East End of London, England. The neighbourhood at that time was dark and dank and full of narrow, winding cobblestoned alleyways that were not lit at night.  In 1888 this area of London was inhabited by the poor people who struggled daily to get enough to eat for themselves and their children. read more