Pictures at an Institution: Early Photos from Broadmoor, Bedlam Feature Famous Faces

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    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
    the pictures and stories at DM link above
     
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  3. Schuby

    Schuby Under the thumb of The Man

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    Great link, thanks!
     
  4. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    PoirotryInMotion Registered Muser

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    Really interesting! Amazing how many were committed due to crimes during "alcoholic rages"--different standard today, for sure.
     
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    PoirotryInMotion Registered Muser

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    A similar photographic documentary, but based on the Willard Insane Asylum in upstate NY:

    More info here: http://www.williampatrickwriter.com/pdf/Commercial_Willard.pdf
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    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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