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Developers converting insane asylum to upscale living space

by Mac McMullen / May 3, 2006 2:33 AM PDT

See article: http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/04/11/asylum.condos.ap/index.html

Maybe they think there is something in the walls that will ''rub off', as there is a story that goes like this:

A reporter was visiting an ''insane asylum'' to do a human interest story.

He came out to leave and found a flat tie. Jacked the car up, removed the lug nuts and placed them in the wheel cover. While removing the flat tire/wheel he bumped the wheel cover and the lug nuts all rolled down the nearby street drain.

He stared at the situation, then turned to a ''resident'' who was sitting on the porch and asked if there was a phone available.

''Nope, but I'll tell you what I would do''

''What's that ?''

''I'd take one nut off each of the other wheels and use them until I got to a garage that could replace all of them''

The reported thought about this, and looked at the resident in surprise.

The resident - ''I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid !''

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That one they are converting in Danvers, MA is
by Rolway / May 3, 2006 3:04 AM PDT

something else. I have been in there..NOT as a patient, but a guest of a neighbor who supplied the commissary food chain for the whole asylum. We had lunch in there. I'll say one thing, I would not buy into one of those Condos. Theres more spooks and ghosts over there than the Indian burial grounds.

A proper name for the place would be Cuckoo Condos. Every time I take Rt. 62 to Danvers, going by there reminds of that movie. "One flew over the Cuckoos nest.


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I believe the Danvers asylum
by Rick S / May 3, 2006 3:09 AM PDT
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Yes, it was Rick..
by Rolway / May 3, 2006 3:41 AM PDT

Heres a section from your link. I'm not familiar with that movie, but it sounds interesting.

I will tell you, however, that the protagonists are members of a hazardous materials removal team embarking on a job at the massive, imposing, long-abandoned Danvers State Mental Hospital (a real place in Massachusetts, BTW. So no, the Danvers name is not a tip of the hat to REBECCA! :-). This bat-shaped behemoth of a building is so remarkable that it feels like a character in its own right. But even before the men set foot in Danvers, the stage is set for tension and trouble.


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