The old mansion was said to be haunted since 1927, after the tragedy of the Bridgestone famly, especially of young beautiful Eleanor.
Dr. Bridgestone, an Alienist, was a very stern man who practiced medicine, particularly medicine of the mind. Although it wasn’t unheard of him prescribing various “snake oil” potions to some of his patients suffering with medical illnesses as well. Dr. Bridgestone didn’t think of himself as merely a mortal doctor or Alienist, as they were called back then. As far as he was concerned, he was a god, and those god powers allowed him to be one of the earliest practitioners of those brutal shock treatments of the mentally ill.
Eleanor was a child prone to periods of depression and delusions. Dr. Bridgestone made the abominable decision to use these treatments on Eleanor. Poor Eleanor, her brain was fried.
Mrs. Bridgestone threw herself down the stairs and Dr. Bridgestone lost his mind, resulting in him being permanently institutionalized.
As they say, “The rooster always goes home to crow.”
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