The front entrance was fenced off, and every window and door had been boarded up.
Despite that small setback we found two ways in. After scaling the building one friend found his way in through an open skylight. The less acrobatically skilled of us ended up finding a loose board that covered a broken window. We managed to pry the board back just enough to squeeze through.
Inside the ground was damp, and the air was heavy with the smell of must and mold. I'm sure that we all breathed far more mold than any doctor would deem safe.
As the board swung shut behind us the hallway we had entered fell back into darkness.
The only light we had to navigate came from out feeble flashlights.
If the boards over every entrance, including windows on the second and third floors was not enough evidence, the graffiti that covered the walls made sure we knew we were not the first people to explore this place.
I yelled for our friend, then called his cell. He answered and explained that he had found an abandoned flashlight, and gotten in by jumping down through a skylight. He soon joined us down on the first floor.
While most of the graffiti was unremarkable, there was one recurring theme that caught all of our attention.
The name Dejarnette was scrawled across rooms throughout the complex in black spraypaint.
A simple query online afterwards lead us to the information that Dejarnette was the superintendent of this mental hospital. He was also an advocate of eugenics and forced sterilization of the insane.
This of course would have put a bit of a damper on our adventure, but as we did not have any smartphones on our persons, we were happy to continue exploring.
Even without the knowledge of this buildings past, it was obviously a sinister place. We found bars on small cells, bloody Iv bags, rooms where the skylights were nothing but holes in the ceiling, and a hallway covered in files and papers. One more notable file explained the goals and procedures of sexual therapy.
Had we not minded breathing so much mold we probably would have venture further in, but we decided we had enough for one day.
If I choose to return I will go in much better prepared, mentally and equipment wise. I will keep everyone updated.