We will be discussing and signing copies of our book Long Island Oddities at the following dates and locations:
10/23/13 7PM Carle Place, Barnes and Noble
10/24/13 7PM Bay Shore, Barnes and Noble
10/30/13 7PM Lake Grove, Barnes and Noble
Kings Park Psychiatric has been associated with many legends and many supposed ghost stories. It is easy to imagine ghosts when you think of all the mentally ill patients and the hundreds of staff members who have called this place home over the years.
Stories of torture abound but not all of them are founded in fact. A place like Kings Park may seem creepy and it may make people think that something shady is going on. One rumor states that there are secret rooms in the tunnels where patients were beaten, tortured, and who knows what else. There is even a set up in the basement of a building where a cement block was supposedly slammed into patients while seated on a chair. This picture on the right was probably set up afterwards by explorers for effect. From photos we have received and stories from fans we believe every corner of the tunnels to have been explored by contributors to our site and there are no secret torture chambers. Most of the tunnels look just like the second photo on the right. They were used for steam. This is not to say of course that no mistreatment of patients ever occurred, it did happen. There are always odd people in any system that will corrupt it. Patient abuse is just as likely to take place in a dayroom than in the tunnels, also keep in mind the active tunnel would be over 100 degrees.
There are some ghost stories that have had more than one witness. Supposedly there is a white humanoid ghost that chases people out of the cemetery and this same being was spotted around the campus and even inside one of the buildings. Some explorers and local residents have mentioned hearing screaming or voices from the area as well.
Also to consider are the odd misty photos taken in the tunnels. Normally it would be written off as asbestos or dust but identical photos of the same area and of other parts of the tunnels come up clean. Click here for more mists.