There’s a growing urban exploration movement in American cities today. People are going into abandoned spaces to rediscover their local history. These adventurers find one another anonymously online to trade information about how to locate and enter these off-limits buildings. Vocativ dug deep into into this world and followed explorer and researcher Will Ellis (creator of abandonednyc.com) into three deserted facilities to uncover how mental illness and homelessness were handled in the not-so-distant past.
In episode two of this series, we go into Letchworth Village, a home for the mentally disabled. The children residents were used to test the polio vaccine and other medical treatments. Local legend says the crumbling buildings are haunted.