Abandoned New York Farm Colonies across from Seaview Hospital. Staten Island, New York. Photographed by Nicole Turchio May 2011

Abandoned New York Farm Colonies across from Seaview Hospital. Staten Island, New York. Photographed by Nicole Turchio May 2011

The legend of “Cropsey” – the escaped mental patient who lived in the abandoned tunnels of the Willowbrook mental hospital in Staten Island, NY, and came at night to snatch children off the streets. “Cropsey” remained just that, an urban legend, until the summer of 1987 when a 13-year-old girl with down syndrome disappeared from her neighborhood. Five weeks later, she was found buried in a shallow grave on the grounds of Willowbrook.

8 Freaky Urban Legends That Turned Out To Be Real

The legend of “Cropsey” – the escaped mental patient who lived in the abandoned tunnels of the Willowbrook mental hospital in Staten Island, NY, and came at night to snatch children off the streets. “Cropsey” remained just that, an urban legend, until the summer of 1987 when a 13-year-old girl with down syndrome disappeared from her neighborhood. Five weeks later, she was found buried in a shallow grave on the grounds of Willowbrook.

Old Staten Island hospital view

Old Staten Island hospital view

Staten Island Hospital Hurricane Relief

Staten Island Hospital Hurricane Relief

Abandoned Children's Hospital-Seaview Hospital-Staten Island-NYC-005

Abandoned Children's Hospital-Seaview Hospital-Staten Island-NYC-005

The family of slain Staten Island man Eric Garner received a $1 million settlement from the area hospital that dispatched paramedics to the scene of his fatal encounter with police. In court docume…

The family of slain Staten Island man Eric Garner received a $1 million settlement from the area hospital that dispatched paramedics to the scene of his fatal encounter with police. In court docume…

S.R. Smith Infirmary, later the Staten Island Hospital

S.R. Smith Infirmary, later the Staten Island Hospital

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