Saturday, May 02, 2009

Ridgecliff Psych Hospital - Confirming / Testimony

Here's an email I received in reference to the post: Questions, referring to the Ridgecliff Psychiatric Hospital




hi- my name is rich and i gotta share this with you.
an old acquaintance of mine named Todd just added to your site today because of me. I am writing you as to hold testimony to his truthful credibility.

the way this whole thing started was earlier in the week i was telling a female musician friend of mine who lives in Euclid about the nutziest / craziest Halloween party that ive ever been to in my life. I tried to tell her about where it was but i had to go on a personal scavenger hunt to find. I even called the city and the old timers couldnt place the building. they even referred me to the historical dept which supposedly actually has pictures of it so i am told. so I hunted down todd on the web. (scavenger hunt #2 as for i havent seen or talked to him since 1980~ish. ) he briefly e-mailed me the name of the place and then i found your site surfing. then after reading it i just had to pass it along to todd as f.y.i.
I am happy i did cause he added an entry to your blog . he e-mailed again briefly saying he will add more to your blog. he said some of the spook stories other than sounds was there were things/ objects that he saw physical move and said stuff got moved when he wasnt looking !
take care rich z.....

I am 49 yrs old now but this party was as mentioned ~1982~ish. I worked with Todd ~1980 at a gas station. He was a young (extremely awesome)musician. As mentioned his dad's company hired him to live and take care the abandoned Ridgecliff. He invited a few dozen of us friends to a party at this building he was living at. It was a costume Halloween party. His bed was centered in the the recreation area. He had like the worlds largest bedroom lol! Since he is a musician he also had his band set up in the rec room for this party. So for fun he turned us loose on a hide and go seek venture on the upper 2 or 3 floors. that was creepy cause the only lighting on those floors was from the parking lot lamp posts shining thru the windows. He also had a few strobe lights in the stair wells- holy smokes what a trip! I remember most of the rooms were all gutted with their hospital stuff removed. I remember the nurses stations and also the pharmacy vaults too. I remember there were a few shower type (hose down) rooms that looked like they would strap the patients down and hose(or shower) them down. Most of all i remember what i called the solitary confinement rooms. yes the proverbial rubber rooms! there was a single bed in them and the whole room was only about 2 feet wider than the bed. the walls were padded(not really rubber!) oh yes the beds were bolted to the floors. The only window in the room was in the door at the foot of the bed. It was a square 6" inches of safety glass (with wire mesh in it).Gosh you could only just imagine the horrors in that HaHa Motel! To the folx working there this was an every day thing.

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  1. Ridgecliffe psychiatric hospital is now known as Laurelwood behvioral health center and is a building attached to the back of Lake West Hospital in Willoughby, Ohio. It has never been closed or abandoned since its opening there fore no one could have had a halloween party on the grounds. PS I am a psych nurse and "padded rooms" look nothing like you are describing.

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    1. Before Laurelwood, there was Ridgecliff in Wickliffe, across from the City Hall, on 84, Ridge Road. It was a beautiful old mansion with gorgeous gardens. It was knocked down sometime in the mid-late 70s and the patients moved to the new Laurelwood.

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    2. At one time it was used as a haunted house!

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  2. Would have like to continue reading more about Ridgecliff.

    I grew up across the street and can remember watching the abandoned building on the hill and hearing all of the stories. As a young teen, along with a couple friends, we were able to gain access to the building when they began the demolition process. I remember being completely freaked out by the "padded rooms". Which, by the way, were as described...beds had been removed by that point.

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  3. In 1978 the City of Wickliffe let us have our haunted house there.We had the total run of the place.We were even allowed to use everything in there.Me and the people setting up the "haunted house" spent about 2 months there.It was a real freaky place.I found these letters in a office talking about patients and what was done to them.I sure wish I would have kept some stuff from there!We would hear noises all the time.We had very limited electric set upIt would just shut off and we all be in the dark!!LOLIt was strange there.We loved it!I saw the padded rooms too.I have a picture of me and a friend of mine in our haunted house room.I have my leg thu ahole we made in one of the beds.We were each in a old hospital gown we found in a storage room.It sure was great to be able to spend so much time there.I'm 50 years old now.I have nbever forgotten it!!

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  4. I remember going to the Ridgecliff haunted house when the Jaycees allowed it to be there before it was demolished. I was 18 years old and it scared the bajezes outta me!!! I distinctly remember the 4 x 4 ceramic tiles in the 'treatment' rooms....they had sprayed a blood-like looking substance on those white tiles and it was horrifying. Years later, as a new bride, my husband and I bought our starter home. The first thing to GO were the 4 x 4 white ceramic tile in the kitchen. Every time I looked at them, I saw those blood streaked walls at the RIDGECLIFF ASYLUM! Those rooms were just as described above...a bed bolted to the floor in a very narrow room with a door with a small observation window in it. There were a lot of people that saw this FIRST HAND. Good times!

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  5. Sorry, folks. That hospital was sold and razed ca. 1972-5. There were no blood soaked walls. Many of the patients were chronically ill. Some were not. Much of the population was geriatric. It operated from 1932 to roughly 1970. Ridgecliff was founded in 1932 and located directly across from the Wickliffe town hall on Ridge & Bishop Roads.
    The original house was built in the 1920's by a man who lost his fortune in the 1929 crash.
    The city of Wickliffe did not have any rights to the property. It was privately owned, then sold to a rest home outfit which built a nice facility still operating.

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    1. anonymous,
      Do you know anything about any medalions the hospital used to have? I found one metal detecting and on the back side is a number, 146. It also says "drop in any mailbox. Return postage guaranteed". If you ever see this post again, please respond to oneid98@yahoo.com thank you.

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  6. I was a patient at Ridgecliff in the early 70s. I am not nuts, nor were the other patients. Most were going through depression from things going on in their lives, divorce, deaths, etc. At that point in my life I was going through a divorce and I was suicidal because I was severely depressed, and hence the hospitalization. No different that the people at Laurelwood. It was a beautiful home/building and was sorry to learn that it had been torn down. In my stay there, I never experienced any hauntings.

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  7. As a student of SW doing my field placement from KSU for the Willoughby PD, I worked with a juvenile that at least monthly was admitted to Ridgeview for suicidal issues. I was never upstairs, but I remember the lobby/entrance was beautiful and most impressive. My client talked about the bowling alley in the facility and she actually enjoyed going...actually created situations that would get her admitted and stayed as long as each admission was covered by insurance. She had free reign of the place and I never got the impression that this was "chained-up/lock down, hose down" described by some above. Actually the opposite, more "resort" type of care. That was many years ago and the attitudes about mental illness care have gone through many changes, but because of stigma about the "scary" images is why there are not enough facilities to treat those that need short term care and not beds other than in ER's and detention centers.

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  8. So much of what I've read is wrong. Ridgecliffe Psychiatric Hospital was at 260th and Euclid Ave. at the top of a hill. in Euclid, OH. I believe it was an old mansion converted to a hospital. I worked there in 1975 and 1976 as a Social Worker. They did have a locked unit in the basement. Patients ranged from young to old. Not a nursing home, but a short term psychiatric hospital. When it closed, it did move to Lake West campus and became Laurelwood. I worked there a year, no sightings of hauntings, but it was a creepy old building!

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    1. Most of what is being referred to in the comments is the original building located across the street from Wickliffe City Hall on Ridge Road, in Wickliffe. The location you are referring to is the one that opened AFTER the original location closed. The Euclid Ave. location was eventually renamed as Laurelwood and moved to the Lake West Hospital location. I too attended the Jaycees haunted house at the original Ridgecliff site. Scariest thing ever and haven't been to a haunted house since.

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  9. My band practiced at Ridgecliff Mental Hospital after it closed...still have pictures of it...it was a spooky place. It was in Euclid...the old Glenn Mansion.

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    1. I remember the Halloween haunted house in the building on Ridge. Best haunted house ever!! Anyone have pictures?? There is still a stone tower structure on the property.

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  10. I cannot speak of the history, but my family lived on Hazel Ave in Wickliffe directly below Ridgecliff between 1956 and 1964. As children, we played in the field and explored the gardens. Though often quiet, the periodic screams would always send us running home. Even in the daytime, it was a scary place for young imaginations.

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