This incident happened about two months ago. Me, and a couple friends of mine decided to make our first visit to our local horror hot spot, Dejarnette Sanitarium. In it’s prime, the place was basically a children’s mental asylum. Some crazy stuff went down there, from lobotomies to suicides. The sanitarium has long been abandoned, and just sits there, inviting horror junkies in.
There were five of us in total, and only one of my friends had been there before. We went around 8:30 pm so it was nice and dark. We parked at the Lowes across the street from it, ran across the road, and sprinted about 100 yards through a field of overgrown, neglected grass and all met up at the back fence. Once we were all assembled, we squeezed through a gap in the fence, and walked up a massive set of stairs and up to the back doors. The doors were boarded up to try to ward people like us off, all except for one frame someone had knocked out. I have a reputation of being semi not afraid of anything, so I played my roll and went in first.
Immediately I was hit with the stench of what it smells like in an attic. I don’t know how to describe it, it’s just like a neglected industrial smell. Once everyone piled in, we looked around us. The place was a giant maze of spray painted walls with all sorts of things written, from funny things to satanic symbols. The grounds were covered in broken glass, heroin needles, broken tiles, and god knows what else. This made it impossible to walk silently. Every step you took made a crunch. We walked around, my friends wielding small pocket knives and myself, a crowbar. Nobody was really intimidated yet, as nothing had happened, so we were all joking and laughing. We were looking in every room, and at one point I threw my crowbar into the ceiling at a light and shattered it everywhere. We were so relaxed. We kept going down the hallway, and one of my friends, we’ll call him Leo, said something along the lines of “hey guys, check this out.” we all walked over to him, and he was looking into a doorway with stairs going up.
I blurted out something along the lines of “hell yeah” and walked on up the stairs without hesitating. Leo, being the one of us who had been there before, told me to wait at the top for the rest of them so we could all do a sound check. I didn’t really listen, and I kept going and went through the doorway at the top, looking around. Leo and the rest of my friends came through a couple seconds later, and Leo looked at me angrily and told me to stop and listen. I sighed, and stood still and we all listened. Nothing happened.
“See?” I said. Leo kind of sighed and we kept walking. We were about halfway to the end of the hallway when I saw an elevator. I walked over to it, and so did one of my other friends. We’ll call her Sam. The button on the elevator that controlled if it went up or down had something written above it, “Press Me” I looked at Sam, and reached out and pressed the button. Nothing happened, and we turned around and saw the rest of our friends in a small room across the hall. As we were walking towards them, I heard the elevator clunk a bit as if it was trying to move. Sam later told me she heard it too but didn’t say anything. Once Sam and I joined our friends, we heard what sounded like metal hitting metal. We all froze and everyone looked over in the direction that it came. The elevator.
There were three light taps, a pause, and three light taps again. This kept happening at an even pace, and was progressively getting louder. We all panicked, saying how we needed to get out of here, and everyone ran to the steps, past the elevator. We were all scared, and adrenaline was flowing. We ran down the stairs, following Leo, hoping he knew how to get out. Eventually we made it to the back doors again, and I was the last to go out as well. We all sprinted back through the field, over the road, and up the hill to the car. I wish I could say our story ended there. Sam was having a panic attack, and Leo and I were trying to comfort her as another one of our friends yelled “There’s a light!” We all kind of ignored him has he makes jokes like that all the time, and when we were all in the car, getting ready to leave, he yelled again. This time, we all looked, and at the front doors of the sanitarium, there was a bright orange flashing light. Everyone freaked, and we were laughing and screaming at Leo to drive as the light faded to a small flashing yellow light and then faded. After it went out, it flashed yellow orange extremely bright for only a second, and then went off for good.
We don’t know what we saw. We went to a McDonald’s and talked about it for hours. Our only two theories are a ghost, or an extremely coordinated, insane homeless person. Thank you for reading/Listening!