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Sunday, January 14th, 1912

Journal of Dr. Arthur Corman. January 14th, 1912

Sunday, January 14th, 1912

Sunday morning after breakfast I contemplated attending a church service in the chapel located on the third floor of the south wing but it had been years since I had gone to church and realized I didn’t really miss the routine.

The south wing was very busy this morning, there was a lot of commotion down the hallway from my office; several attendants rushed pass pushing a gurney.

Curiosity got the best of me and I asked one of the nurses what had happened and was told that Abby had killed herself early this morning.

Abigail Proctor, my very first patient was now dead.

I entered her room to find Dr. Ash and another man standing on either side of her bed.

Abby’s body was lying on the bed, her head resting on a blood soaked pillow.

Abigail’s eyes were missing.

The official report would state that Abigail Proctor committed suicide at approximately 3:30 am the morning of January 14th, 1912.

Cause of death was loss of blood from two self inflicted wounds to the eyes.

She gouged her eyes out. 



Abby’s body was covered and taken to the morgue. The linens and mattress were also removed and taken to the incinerator.

The other man in the room left without saying a word and Dr. Ash asked if I could gather Abigail’s personal items and deliver them to his office.

Standing alone in Abby’s room I once again thought about the words she spoke yesterday and wondered why I was compelled to leave that bit of information off the report I wrote last night.

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