06-13-2013, 10:43 AM #1
Pictures at an Institution: Early Photos from Broadmoor, Bedlam Feature Famous Faces
I posted the link on an earlier Broadmoor-centric thread, but this - for WS, primarily because it includes a picture of Daniel McNaughten, the person from whom that long-time key aspect of insanity pleas, the so-called McNaughten Rules, gets its name - deserves notice of its own. The Daily Mail article also tells the story of McNaughten's attempted assassination of British PM Sir Robert Peel, which went badly wrong.
Also here: the "mad" artist Richard Dadd; Edward Oxford, who attempted to shoot Queen Victoria; William Chester Minor, who assisted in the compiling of our language's greatest dictionary, the OED; the child butcher Martha Bacon; and five more.
Portraits of madness: Some were brilliant. All had a compulsion to kill. Broadmoor's first inmates caught on camera
They may look like any other old Victorian photographic portraits — the subjects formal, stiffly posed and somewhat self-conscious.
But, in fact, they are the deranged killers and would-be murderers who were among the first patients at Broadmoor, which opened 150 years ago.
The pictures are the work of Henry Hering, a pioneering photographer, and some were taken at Bethlem (or ‘Bedlam’ as it was known), the lunatic asylum in South London.
Others were shot at Broadmoor after Bethlem patients had been transferred to the newly opened institution in Berkshire.
06-13-2013, 10:57 AM #2
Great link, thanks!Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not to his own facts. --Daniel Patrick Moynihan
06-13-2013, 11:19 AM #3
The earlier Broadmoor thread I referred to above:
UK - Life in a 'lunatic asylum': the novelist Patrick McGrath on a Broadmoor boyhood - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
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06-13-2013, 11:33 AM #4
Really interesting! Amazing how many were committed due to crimes during "alcoholic rages"--different standard today, for sure.To state the obvious...my posts on this site are my opinion only, generated from brainstorming and my own attempts to logically put the pieces together.
06-13-2013, 11:48 AM #5
A similar photographic documentary, but based on the Willard Insane Asylum in upstate NY:
When patients were committed to the Willard Asylum for the Insane in Upstate New York, they arrived with a suitcase packed with all of the possessions they thought they needed for their time inside.
Most never left. The mental hospital had an average stay of nearly 30 years. When patients died, they were buried in nameless graves across the street of the asylum. Their suitcases, with all their worldly possessions, were locked in an attic and forgotten.
In 1995, an employee of the mental hospital discovered the suitcases, 400 of them. They date from 1910 to 1960.
Now, photographer Jon Crispin is cataloging each suitcase and opening a window into the lives - and the minds - of the people deemed too unwell to be allowed in society.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz2W6zknXyP
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06-13-2013, 11:51 AM #6
Daily Mail pretty much has a monopoly on the "old pictures from notorious 'insane asylums'" storyline, lol.
They also feature plenty of "ruin porn."
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