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The Resource 44 years in darkness : a true story of madness, tragedy & shattered love, by Sylvia Shults

44 years in darkness : a true story of madness, tragedy & shattered love, by Sylvia Shults

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44 years in darkness : a true story of madness, tragedy & shattered love
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44 years in darkness
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a true story of madness, tragedy & shattered love
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by Sylvia Shults
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Forty-four years in darkness
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eng
Summary
Lost in the shadows of Illinois asylums in the nineteenth century is the strange story of Rhoda Derry. Left at the Adams County Poor Farm when her family could no longer care for her, she spent the next 40 years confined in a wooden box. Abandoned, ignored, and traumatized, she had clawed out her own eyes, pulled her own teeth, and her legs were atrophied to the point that she could not stand on her own, or even sit in a wheelchair. She spent four decades locked away from the world. Her crime? Falling in love. Rhoda suffered a mental breakdown after being "cursed" by the mother of a boy to whom she was engaged to marry. Committed to the poor farm because of her violent insanity, she was eventually rescued by pioneering alienist Dr. George A. Zeller. She was taken to the Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois, where she spent the remainder of her days in comfort. Rhoda died in 1906, but her spirit lives on at the former asylum where she found peace. The chilling story of Rhoda Derry is one of the great tragedies of mental health care in Illinois, but one of the great success stories of the Peoria State Hospital. Sylvia Shults, author of Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, returns to the hilltop to tell the story of Rhoda's life -- and her mysterious afterlife. With exhaustive historical research and analysis, as well as laying bare secrets of her own, the author provides twists, turns, and surprises in this compelling tale of history, horror, and a lingering spirit of the old hospital
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Shults, Sylvia
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362.21
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illustrations
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fiction
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  • Peoria State Hospital (Peoria, Ill.)
  • Peoria State Hospital (Peoria, Ill.)
  • Mental health facilities
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Illinois
  • Psychiatry
  • Haunted places
  • Ghosts
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44 years in darkness : a true story of madness, tragedy & shattered love, by Sylvia Shults
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [206]-207)
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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ocn960213239
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24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
207 pages
Isbn
9781892523471
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
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(OCoLC)960213239
Label
44 years in darkness : a true story of madness, tragedy & shattered love, by Sylvia Shults
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [206]-207)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn960213239
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
207 pages
Isbn
9781892523471
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)960213239

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