From The Los Angeles Times
Sunday August 16, 1946

DarKWolF Surgical Staff
performing the infamous "Balloon Treatment"
two weeks before the tragedy of August 10.



During the early 1940’s a hospital was constructed on a windswept hill in Southern California.  The DarKWolF HospitaL Care Facility was designed as a psychiatric hospital. Though most of the treatment that patients received was by today’s standards to be barbaric, it boasted the most state of the art equipment of its day.

Over the years there have been many rumors and stories told about patient mistreatment and horrific experiments. A few of them have been proven to be false but most have unfortunately turned out to be true. Electroshock therapy, which was considered to be highly effective in those days, was widely used for a variety of mental ailments.

By the mid 40’s there was a huge influx of post-wartime mental disorders. Hundreds of patients were sent to the massive hospital. The facility quickly became overcrowded.

In the summer of 1946 there was a sudden widespread Tuberculosis outbreak. Tuberculosis was at the time a terrifying and very contagious plague, for which no cure existed. The hospital was put into quarantine. Patient’s lungs were exposed to ultraviolet light to try and stop the spread of bacteria. This was done in “sun rooms”, using artificial light in place of sunlight, or on the roof or open porches of the hospital. Since fresh air was thought to also be a possible cure, patients were often placed in front of huge windows or on the open porches, no matter what the season.

Other treatments were less pleasant --- and much bloodier. Balloons would be surgically implanted in the lungs and then filled with air to expand them. Needless to say, this often had disastrous results, as did operations where muscles and ribs were removed from a patient’s chest to allow the lungs to expand further and let in more oxygen. This blood-soaked procedure was seen as a “last resort” and few of the patients survived it.

One fateful night during a large thunderstorm that lasted 5 hours; the patients took over the hospital. The entire staff of the hospital were murdered and many of the patients as well. When the National Guard finally arrived they entered the hospital to find that only 123 of the 510 patients were left alive, and all 123 were completely psychotic.

Soon after, order was restored to DarKWolF HospitaL and a new medical and administrative staff took over. For years the Hospital continued to treat mentally ill patients. Budget cuts in the 1960s and 1970s led to both horrible conditions and patient mistreatment and in 1982, the state closed the DarKWolF HospitaLCare Facility for good.

Over the years stories have been told of strange lights glowing through the large hospital windows as if power was still running through the building. There are sounds of slamming doors, and screams of pain throughout the night. There have also been stories of circus music being heard into the early morning hours. It is believed that the music was part of a procedure to help cure an insane but very famous circus clown of the day named Otto "Stitches" Grimaldi. 


Pronunciation: \'klau?n\
Function: noun
Etymology: probably of Low German origin; akin to Frisian klönne clumsy fellow, Old English clyne lump of metal

a : a fool, jester, or comedian in an entertainment (as a play); specifically : a grotesquely dressed comedy performer in a circus b : a person who habitually jokes and plays the buffoon.

Otto "Stitches" Grimaldi was on the the most recognized clowns the circus world has ever know. Loved by children and adults alike, he would perform to sold-out audiences throughout the mid-west From 1932 to 1945. Stitches lived to hear the roar of a crowds laughter night after night. And night after night after the crowds had gone, and all the animals were put away, and the other performers were asleep; "Stitches" would drive into a nearby town and proceed to viscously murder unsuspecting teenagers. The nation was horrified by the long string of homicides known as the "Cotton Candy Murders." Next to each victim was a half eaten ball of cotton candy. After a lengthy trial in Oklahoma, Stitches was found to be criminaly insane and remanded to DarkWolF Hospital for treatment.













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