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The Insanity Journal

February 3, 2014

      So while I was piecing together my exhibit about the Fortunato murder, I was donated a box of books. I was going through them to see which ones I wanted to keep for my personal collection, and I found the most peculiar looking journal. It was old and torn; it looked like it had been through a lot. I was curious, so I read a few pages. It seems to be just the ravings of a woman who hasn’t been out much right now. Also, it’s past my bed time, so I’ll cut off here.

February 5, 2014

      Well, I had some spare time and decided to read more into that journal I picked up the other day. It being as worn as it is, there must be some greater story behind it. It certainly was the ravings of a woman who had been unsocial for a while, but there’s more to it than that. She thought that there was something wrong with her, and her husband wouldn’t listen to her. The idea of treating her by keeping her from doing anything or using her brain seems so… barbaric to me. No wonder she started to go insane! Anybody would, under that treatment. I’m just curious to know what happened after the journal had finished; it stops rather abruptly after her last entry. I think I’m going to look into this more. She does say at the end that she got out at last, in spite of you and Jane. I believe she might be talking about herself in the third person, so her name must be Jane. And considering that’s the only sliver of information that I have to go on, that’s what I’ll take.

February 10, 2014

      I went to the library yesterday and searched through the microfilms they had there for any stories of insanity involving a woman named Jane. I came across a sad little short column that seems like it could have been written about my Jane’s journal. It was very brief, and simply stated that Jane and John Smith had been found at a country home that they had rented for the summer. They were found when John Smith’s sister, Jennie, alerted the police that an altercation had happened upstairs. John Smith was discovered dead under mysterious circumstances, and Jane was found crawling around and around the edge of the room with her shoulder pressed against the wall. It says they took her to a hospital to get her help. It also stated that Jennie would be taking care and custody of the child. I’ll have to see what happened to Jane.

February 12, 2014

      I researched the hospital that they took Jane to, and it turns out that it was a mental institution. Since, it has been torn down and rebuilt into a department store. I gained access to their files and found Jane Smith’s file. Sadly, her story ends shortly thereafter. Her records read that she refused to eat or sleep during her short time there. The only thing she would do was sit in the middle of the room and beg for her wallpaper back. She died a few short days later. The file never mentioned anything of an illness other than the insane state they found her in. This whole scenario was handled in such a poor way! Maybe if John had bothered to listen in the first place, he would have gotten Jane help, and the whole thing could have been avoided. I’m not sure if I’ll add this story to my museum or not, as I’m still busy putting the Fortunato murder up and getting ready to reveal that. Either way, I’m glad the system has changed since then. I couldn’t deal with somebody telling me that I can’t write, and that I’m not allowed to think.
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