Ghost Appears in Abandoned Asylum Window

Ghostly face seen in asylum window.
Photo: Adam Smith

The ghost of a former patient, perhaps, can be seen peering out of the window of this abandoned asylum

It's been closed for 15 years, yet there might still be an unfortunate patient or two lurking in the abandoned this old psychiatric asylum.

Adam Smith happened to be walking by the old Brecon and Radnor Lunatic Asylum in Bronllys, Brecon, Wales when he decided to take a picture of the crumbling hospital.

Upon examining his photos, he was startled to see a face peering out of one of the second-floor windows.

First opened in 1903, the building has served as an asylum for people suffering from dementia, depression, alcoholism, and other mental illnesses. More than one lobotomy has been performed within its stone walls. During World War 2, it became a prisoner of war camp were at least two captured German soldiers were imprisoned.

"Maybe it was a patient who had a lobotomy," Smith theorized about the spooky face in the window, "or perhaps a soldier patient from the war or maybe a Nazi prisoner. Whatever it was, it certainly gave me a fright."

Could this be the ghostly face of a former patient, trapped in time and space? Or could it merely be an illusion -- pareidolia -- a trick of light and shadow on old window glass?

Many hospitals and asylums around the world have reputations for being haunted.

"Hospitals and mental care facilities are all emotional powder-kegs in one way or another," says Richard Estep, author of The World's Most Haunted Hospitals: True-Life Paranormal Encounters in Asylums, Hospitals, and Institutions. "Wherever one sees strong emotions, it seems inevitable that one also encounters ghosts."