November 2003 - Waverly Hills Sanitorium - Louisville, Kentucky



Old TB and Mental hospital. Doctors preformed illegal experiments on their patients, causing them to die a slow painful death. So many people died at this hospital that they had to create a body chute. More people died at this Hospital than at Gettysburg. This is one of the ten most haunted places in the world! Anything, and Everything, happens here. Many strange figures and noises can still be heard. Over all feeling of dread in the entire building.


Waverly was a tuberculosis hospital from 1926 until about 1961 when it was closed down due to TB becoming less of a threat. It was never a mental hospital, but in 1963 it was reopened as a nursing home. It was then closed for good in the early 1980s.

If you had TB back in these days you were sent to a hospital like this where you stayed, never leaving, until you were cured or dead. TB was such a threat back then that the Doctors and Nurses were not even allowed to leave. Basically, if you went to Waverly, you stayed at Waverly. Patients and Personnel alike just had to try and survive.

No doctors ever preformed 'illegal' experiments on patients. However back in the 20's and 30's they thought the best way to fight TB was to remove a few ribs and collapse the part of the lung that was infected. While the treatments seem barbaric by today's standards, they were definitely not illegal.

There was in fact, a death tunnel/body chute. It was actually a service tunnel used to get supplies up to the hospital while it was being built. Then when patients started to die so rapidly, and since the actual morgue in the hospital has only room for two cadavers, they used the tunnel to remove the bodies. It is also said that they wanted to keep the patients spirits up, and when people all around them would start disappearing, they would tell them that they were better and went home...not that they died and were snuck out through a tunnel.

A lot of people died here. Including one nurse that committed suicide on the fifth floor because she was depressed that she couldn't go home to see her family. As best as some historians can estimate, around 60,000-65,000 people lost their lives. That is well over the death toll of Gettysburg witch was only 48,000!

There is definitely a lengthy history to this building. There are more stories and legends connected to this one hospital than anyone could ever compile all together, and it impossible to figure out which are true and which are merely legends.

November 2003:


1. Listen as a gas station attendant tells us about Waverly and how to get there.

After about five minutes of planning we decide to go find this old hospital and take a look. Only problem was, we had no clue how to get to this thing. We went by a couple of gas stations and they pointed us in the general direction so we knew we were in the right area. We almost gave up but decided to try one last gas station. There we encountered a girl that was more than happy to tell us where to go and how to get there. She told us she's been there many times before, and it's scary as hell.


2. We start on our quest, and Christyn has second, and third thoughts.

After we left the gas station, we parked where the girl told us to, and walked towards the woods. We knew we were in the right place because we noticed a "No Trespassing" sign and a old road that lead into the woods. I just thought the sign was left over from the Halloween festivities or something, so we proceeded to go down this old dark road. Christyn had some second thoughts, but not because she was scared of ghost or spooks, she just didn't want to get in trouble. I figured if there was security or something up there I could just play the "I'm a SpookHunter" card. Yeah...what was I thinking?

We walked for what seemed like forever. This road went for over a mile and twisted and turned half a dozen times. It was completely dark. Then all of a sudden through the trees we could make out the side of the building against the moonlit sky. This first glimpse of the hospital was definitely intimidating. We continued until the road finally took us to the back of the building. It took our breath away. At this point it is safe to say we felt a little spooked.


3. We get our first glimpse of the Hospital, and go up to it.
4. Matt tries to open a few doors.

We went right up to the building and even tried a few of the doors, but they were locked. The ground all around the hospital looked as if it had been torn up by a tractor or something. There was a bulldozer parked out back and construction type vehicles and debris. We continued to walk around to the front of the building and just as we began to set up to take some pictures a flashlight is shined in our faces and five people with security are telling us to come with them.


5. We get questioned by the Security and turn in our info.
6. I question one of our security friends, and try to get some info.

Since we weren't there to do any damage to the property, they just took our information on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt and let us go with a verbal warning. They were all very nice, yet very adamant about their jobs and the building. I even tried bribing them with a nice crisp $5 bill, to let us stay and do some filming, but they just laughed. They said filming and photography was not allowed. Oops. I missed that. They told us to leave and let us walk back by ourselves. Since it was well into the the early morning, we then went home and went to bed. All of our time there walking through the woods and around half of the building never seeing or experiencing anything out of the ordinary.

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November 26 2003:

On the morning of the 26th, the day before thanksgiving, I wake still thinking of our adventure at Waverly. If ghosts are real, then this is the chance that I've been waiting for to prove or disprove them. For about an hour I search the internet and learn all that I can on Waverly Hills. I find this one website called maintained by a guy named Ron. I send him an E-mail, letting him know who I was and what I wanted to do, figuring he might be the owner. I didn't expect much to come from it except maybe a reply that said thanks for the interest but no. A little after noon, I checked my E-mail and to no surprise the E-mail said "Sorry, I can't help you, but here's a number to the preservation society" or something to that effect.

So I called the number, just to see what it was and to my surprise a woman answered. I explained to the woman what I had said in the E-mail, asking them if there was anyway I could get clearance to go up there and just take a few photos and some film. Little did I know that the person on the other line was the owner herself. Tina Mattingly. She agree to meet us up there around 11pm, on the night before Thanksgiving, and let us walk around. She gave me her cell number and told me an easier way to get up there.

We arrived at 11pm sharp. Tina was waiting for us. She walked us around the whole entire building telling us all of the stories she has heard and all of the experiences she has had. The first place she took us was to the death tunnel, which wasn't much of a tunnel any longer. Apparently the previous owner attempted to tear it up or something by unearthing some of it and tearing the top off.


7. We explore what's left of the Tunnel.

Tina then took us to the courtyard area. She said the courtyard was the most active spot on the property. Nothing really happened there, except for Matt getting a little spooked, and for some weird photos. By weird I mean orbs or dust, and something seems to be in one of the windows. It appears to me like someone's head peaking out the window. Then a few minutes later in the same picture a different shape is there. I blew up every picture and examined every window closely since everyone I have talked to says things show up in them. Below you can see the picture in question, and the one I took a few minutes later.

First Picture. Look at the third story on the right side. window is in the middle. Blown up to the right is the same window from this picture.
Second Picture. Not sure how much time elapsed between these two shots, but you can clearly see a different shape in a different area of the same window.
Here are a couple pictures of the window up close, taken on the same night, and there is nothing in the window.

Now, I am not sure if this is a ghost or not, but I can say for sure that this was not on the video, and we did not notice anything at the ordinary while we were looking at the building. My guess is that maybe there was a security person inside, and they saw flashing, and they peeked their head out of the window to see who we were and what we were doing. That is, if the security personnel that busted us before were telling the truth about having people inside of the building.

Tina went on to share with us some stories that I had until this point not heard. One story was that quite frequently people will smell strange smells that cannot be explained, and that there has been apparitions of a white dog seen there. She also shared with us how something flipped her hair over her head inside in an interior room.

We then went on and walked around the rest of the building snapping pictures and videoing. We took close to 100 pictures and got nearly two hours of film from both nights. The best of all the pictures are all listed below. You can see in many of them some type of orbs. I think it maybe dust since there was construction going on there, but you can be the judge of that.

All of the pictures were run through a program I have that automatically adjusted the color in the photos. This brought details that you couldn't see to the surface, but none of them were doctored in any way.

Courtyard Unedited

Front of Building Unedited

Courtyard Edited

Front of Building Edited

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8. Matt & Christyn's opinion on Waverly being haunted.

Now, I have to say I am so thankful to Tina for meeting us up there and walking us around on the night before Thanksgiving. She spoke with such passion about the things she's experienced while owning the building and I truly do believe that she wasn't just making the stories up. I believe she saw lights and animals and had her hair flipped over her head. Now do I believe that those things are ghosts? I seriously doubt it, but will not rule out the possibility of it. We were there two separate nights and saw nothing. The girl in the gas station said she'd heard stories, but despite her being up there many times has never personally seen anything.

I will have to say for right now, that the Waverly Hills TB Sanatorium is not haunted, depending on further investigation.

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HAUNTEDMaybeWho CaresDoubtfulHell No!