Do you have your backpacks packed? How about your EMF readers? This week, Alex & Christie discuss the former Athen's Lunatic Asylum - now referred to as The Ridges, which is located on the Ohio University campus. Who haunts the asylum? What infamous individuals have resided there? What's the reported paranormal activity? Tune in and find out more, if you dare. Need a distraction? We got you.
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Legends of America website – legendsofamerica.com
Live Science article – “Lobotomy: Definition, procedure and history” – by Tanya Lewis – Wednesday, October 13th, 2021.
Esquire article – “The True Story of Billy Milligan, the First Ever Defendant Found Not Guilty due to Multiple Personalities” – by Lauren Kranc – September 22nd, 2021.
Murder Murder News article – “What Happened to Margaret Schilling?” – by Claire Milano – February 19th, 2021
YouTube video – “The Athens Insane Asylum (Poltergeist Caught on Film at 17:15)” – uploaded by Alex Vaughn Music – May 10th, 2016.
Haunted Journey’s website, created by Maria Pons-Schmidt and Bob Schmidt – Athen’s Lunatic Asylum – added May 24th, 2020 – updated June 14th, 2021.
Ohio University Building Directory and well as their virtual tour page.
The News-Messenger article – “Student Stabbed to Death” – no author listed – October 11th, 1982.
The Akron Beacon Journal – “Man Gets Life Term in Ohio U Slaying” – no author listed - December 8th, 1982
Only in Your State website – “6 Truly Terrifying Ghost Stories That Prove Athens is the Most Haunted City in Ohio” – By April Dray – April 21st, 2016.
Little House of Horrors website – “The Athens Lunatic Asylum, The Ridges” - created by Sonja – October 20th, 2021.
Soul of Athens website – 2020.soulofathens.com
The Paranorms website article – “The Tragic Tale of Margaret Schilling and the Athens Lunatic Asylum” – by Alexandria Ducksworth – May 2021.