Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Cozy Lifestyle of the Mentally "Impaired" and Their Canisters

Where Will You Be When Judicial Malfeasance Enforces Your Disappearance?

Forgotten in life. Forgotten in death. Finding the family of those who are buried in copper canisters.

Library of Dust Film Festival 2012  16 minutes

Photos are taken of the mysterious corrosive effect on the canisters and several histories of these forgotten souls are revealed in this unique tale.
Library of Dust — an artful depiction of copper canisters containing the cremated remains of individual patients from the Oregon State Insane Asylum, a state-run psychiatric hospital, who died there between 1883 and the 1970s, their bodies never claimed by their families.

Maisel photographed many of the 3,500 canisters with incredible detail, their multicolor blooming corrosion reminiscent of nature’s wonders like vibrant sunset skies or rich bedrock textures or the aurora borealis.  


Patient Arrested On Suspicion of Assaulting A Nurse at Napa State Hospital-Register Staff

A patient was arrested Sunday night in connection with an assault against a registered nurse Sunday evening at Napa State Hospital, according to a hospital representative.

The alleged assault was reported at 6:50 p.m. when the nurse activated her identification alarm, said Ralph Montaño, spokesman for the Department of State Hospitals which operates that state psychiatric facility. The patient was arrested, Montaño said.

The department would not disclose the patient’s name. However, the Napa County jail logs indicate Napa State Hospital police on Sunday night transported to the jail Kevin Long, a 38-year-old resident of the hospital’s Q5/6 unit. Long was booked at 11:47 p.m. Sunday, according to the jail logs...

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