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Continued: Former 'Cuckoo's Nest' mental hospital now a memorial for 'forgotten souls'

  • Article by: JONATHAN J. COOPER , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 7, 2014 - 8:22 AM

The remains of Erickson, Devorak, Weber and thousands of others have been transferred from the copper canisters to ceramic urns that will better protect them. The old canisters will be preserved to give visitors to the memorial a sense for how they once were housed.

“I think it will be very difficult to forget them now,” said Jodie Jones, the state administrator leading the hospital replacement project.



 

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  • Wencel Devorak, a saddler born in Bohemia, was 33 when he was committed on Jan. 31, 1890, struggling with delusions.

  • S. Erickson, a laborer, was committed on Feb. 2, 1929, at age 78.

  • Susanna Weber arrived at Dammasch State Hospital at age 82.

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