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Arlette Kelly says...While looking through the pictures of KPPC, I kept getting feelings as if I had been there. When I came across one of the more recent photos of one of the wards where patients were housed it came to me. I think I was there back in the mid 80's to visit someone an old boyfriend knew. I remember walking around the grounds and thinking that this place is huge and extremely scary. When the patient came out to see us I can remember him being on Thorozine. He had no life in his eyes and he kind of just "shuffled" along. It was really sad. If I remember correctly he was a Schizophrenic and that's why he was there. He had come off his medications and had gotten into a lot of trouble, so the judge sent him there. Now I want to make sure that this is the right place. Were they still in operation for the mentally ill in the 80's?
Erin says...I have a story. My therapist and I often talk about KPPC since I go there so often, and she has an old man who is a patient that is 80 or 9- from what i recall. One day I brought her a patient file book from Building 93 that I took to show him. She said he told her this. At night the male workers would ask the female patients if they wanted to do a "piggy". This meant going into the woods and having sex with them. If it wasn't the staff doing it, it was the men at the local bar. This man that my therapist sees said there was this man at the bar, very big, and said if he or anyone ever told he'd kill them.
I think that story is so sad. Defenseless and ill women being treated like that. I don't know if you've heard this story before, but I would be able to get more info if you wanted to use it in tour book. Great site and keep up the good work!