This developing horror story actually began in 2013 — when construction on a road through the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus was abruptly halted after workers discovered 66 human bodies.
Experts determined the corpses had once been inmates at the former Mississippi State Asylum — that state’s very first mental hospital, which had occupied that site from 1855-1935.
But that macabre story took an even more shocking turn the following year, during the development of new University buildings on the 20-acre plot of land, also known as “Asylum Hill.”
Ultrasound scans of the property revealed many more bodies beneath the ground… over 2000 of them.
According to the Clarion-Ledger, that estimate has recently been updated… and now data suggests the number of bodies is actually closer to 7000. Let that sink in for a moment — the bodies of seven thousand asylum inmates are buried beneath the campus.
Faced with the enormous financial burden of relocating the bodies to a proper cemetery (which could cost the university $21 million), school officials are considering a radical new approach: a massive, eight-year project that would create both a memorial to the deceased, and provide a permanent historical record of life in the State Asylum.
“We have inherited these patients,” said Dr. Ralph Didlake, who oversees UMMC’s Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, in an interview with the Clarion-Ledger. “We want to show them care and respectful management.”
There’s been no official word as to whether paranormal investigators will be allowed to study the grounds of Asylum Hill… but several of them have expressed intense interest in investigating the grounds, which seem like the best opportunity in recent history for intrepid (and brave) ghost-hunters.
In the meantime, the memes are already flying… cue Malory Archer: “Do you want poltergeists? Because that’s how you get poltergeists.”