Crumbling headstones. Tangled weeds. Dark histories. Abandoned asylum cemeteries certainly have a spooky atmosphere. The real-life stories behind these plots are chilling as well. Insane asylums were popular throughout the most of the 19th and early 20th centuries, when psychological care was in its infancy. But the practice of mass containment of the mentally ill fell out of favor, and the asylums closed.
In the decades since, most cities with abandoned asylums on their outskirts left the buildings and their accompanying cemeteries to decay. Advances in medical technology combined with a lack of government funding meant that these buildings were not properly taken care of before they were closed down entirely. In some cases, all that remains of the asylums are the abandoned cemeteries containing hundreds of patients who died while forced to stay there. It's no wonder that ghostly tales surround these lonely, possibly haunted cemeteries.