Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Agnes J

Posted in History, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 06/01/2014

Earlier today I uploaded Agnes J’s case to the site.  (Go to “The Cases” and click the link on her name.)  She is important for many reasons, not the least of which is that her satchel contained a wealth of correspondence that revealed so much about her life.  Hers was the first case that I shot with so much personal information.

There is a line in the letter below that explains so much about her being sent to Willard.

“But don’t come back to the Y.W. and threaten to kill that girl again–that’s what put you where you are now.”  Chilling and so sad.

She started this letter to President Hover [sic] while she was a patient at Warren State Hospital which is very near to where I grew up.

So please check out her two cases on the suitcases site.  And I’d like to welcome all the new readers to this site.  Something was published somewhere on the net that linked to my project, and I have been getting lots of interesting emails from people in the past few days.  If you want to see all of my wordpress posts about the project, just click here, and welcome.

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  1. leamuse said, on 07/01/2014 at 5:00 am

    Ah! It would be magical to have such access. For me it would be the stories and poems pouring forth!

  2. lsstuhler said, on 07/01/2014 at 8:08 pm

    Very sad.

  3. Tania M said, on 15/01/2014 at 12:22 pm

    So sad, especially since she wanted to leave.

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