“screwed up, scared, doing anything that I needed .”
It’s not your fault. It’s mine.
If you want to see where Ryan Murphy got his inspiration for Briarcliff, well here you go.
This is the Geraldo Rivera documentary of Willowbrook State School on Staten Island, an institution for the mentally handicapped which was in operation from 1930 until 1987. Those admitted had afflictions ranging from mild retardation to schizophrenia, and many were merely victims of abuse or neglect who were of sound mind and health. It was common practice for any parents with children they didn’t know what to do with to leave them on Willowbrook’s doorstep. There was only one staff member per wing, and many were unattended, left to rot in their own filth. Hepatitis outbreaks were so common among patients that the site became host to controversial medical experiments on how to treat the disease.
From this institution spawned Cropsey, or Andre Rand, who was an orderly in the school until it was shut down. The horrors he saw at Willowbrook caused him to completely mentally break down, and when the institution was closed he continued to live in the abandoned buildings or in the woods surrounding it. He was charged with the murder of several young children and an autistic, 21-year-old boy.
In the finale of American Horror Story, Lana Winters uses an exact line from this interview, “This is what it looks like, and this is what it sounds like, but how could I possibly describe how it smells?” The font in the opening of the documentaries is the same as well, and I can only guess that the medical experiments and murderer dwelling in both are more than coincidence.
Today, the buildings which used to be Willowbrook are being turned into dormitories for the College of Staten Island. I don’t think any local would live there, though. We’re practically raised on the tale of Cropsey.
american horror story: asylum | madness ends
So people are talking about how Lana just made everything up in AHS: Asylum and I just, what?
Did you pay attention? That thought didn’t even cross my mind until I saw a post about it and was like wtf no. The flashback at the end was to show that Jude was right about everything Lana was going to endure and that she was ultimately going to have to embrace evil to achieve her dreams, so yeah
It was real life so just stop it.