Granite Falls author releases book about history of Minnesota's state hospitals

Granite Falls author Patricia Lubeck's latest book is titled “Asylum Scandals: Abuse, Torture, Corruption and Murder in Minnesota's State Hospitals.” The book looks at the history of state hospitals, the abuses suffered by patients and the legacy of insane asylums.

Cover of "Asylum Scandals: Abuse, Torture, Corruption and Murder in Minnesota's State Hospitals" by Patricia Lubeck
"Asylum Scandals: Abuse, Torture, Corruption and Murder in Minnesota's State Hospitals," published Oct. 22, 2022, by Outskirts Press, looks at the history of Minnesota's insane asylums, and doesn't shy away from the problems that plagued the institutions throughout their histories.
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PARKER, Colo. — Outskirts Press, Inc. has published “Asylum Scandals: Abuse, Torture, Corruption and Murder in Minnesota's State Hospitals,” the latest book by Granite Falls author Patricia Lubeck.

Insane asylums have a horrific history. Originally intended to provide a place to keep away “madness” within society, asylums eventually paved the way for medical professionals to study patients with mental illness.

This book gives the history of Minnesota’s two oldest state hospitals — St. Peter, which opened in 1866, and Rochester, which opened in 1879. Back then, laws allowed families to commit their spouses, relatives or friends with little supporting evidence.

“Asylum Scandals” offers a glimpse of what daily life was like in the state hospitals from 1867 to 1915. Included are actual accounts from patients who witnessed abuse, neglect, torture and even murder on the ward.

Lubeck is retired and spends the majority of her time researching and writing true crime stories from Minnesota’s early history. She is the author of “Murder in Gales, A Rose Hanged Twice,” “Murder, Mystery and Mayhem in Minnesota,” “Crime and Calamity in Yellow Medicine County,” “Murder and Madness,” “Victims of Foul Play,” and “Death by Poison.” Order her books at Outskirts Press , Amazon , or Barnes and Noble .


The book is available in both e-book and print editions.

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