It began the week of December 1st 2009. I was at school where some friends were talking about going to an old abandoned insane asylum called Dorea. I thought it would be interesting to tag along. Before the group of us headed out, I decided to do a little bit of research about Dorea, and what I found was appalling and gut-wrenching. Stories I never heard of, bits and pieces of history that are never spoken of. I'm 25 years old, I was 11 years old when Dorea was shut down, I spent my summers 5 minutes away from it since I was born, and I never even KNEW Dorea was an asylum. I was always led to believe it was JUST a school.
After my friends and I took the late night tour of Dorea on December 4th 2009 (of which we were not the only group there, apparently this place is quite the 'hot-spot' for ghost hunting groups). I became highly fascinated with the place. I have a great respect for the dead, and a special ability that allows me to know that 2 of the buildings on the premesis are highly inflicted with pain torture and suffering of those who can't move on. I became exceptionally curious to find out exactly what went on here... and so I began my reseach. Information is scarce on the Dorea Institute, but it all leads back to the Duplessis Orphans, the horrors that went on behind closed doors, and the evil unspoken truths of this particular institute.
My hopes are to shed light on the Dorea Institute, and the Duplessis Orphans. I have no idea if there are any living survivors from the Dorea Institute, I wouldn't even know where to look for them. There is so little information about this place, it's scary how so much has been hidden.
I find it appalling that at 25 years old, I had no idea such atrosities have even occurred just 15 mintues from my home. I bet I'm not the only one. The youth of our time have the right to know exactly what happened, this cannot remain a secrect no longer, we must spread to word of such terrors to help ensure this never happens again!
**As a note, I'm unsure of the accuracy of the information I will be putting up on my blog. If something I add as fact is indeed inaccurate (and it can be proved in some form or another) please, please let me know!
So, as the story goes the Dorea Psychiatric Institute sits about 600 feet from the US border. It was closed in 1995 although I cant seem to find out why. Fifty years ago in Quebec the care of children living in Roman Catholic run orphanages was paid by the provincial government, but those in mental institutions were financed by the Canadian government. In the 1940's and 50's, Quebec Minister Maurice Duplesiss entered into a scheme with the Catholic Church to defraud the government by relabeling children left in orphanages by unwed mothers as psychotic or mentally deficient to gain greater funding. The Church and the Quebec provincial government also relabeled orphanages as mental institutions as part of the plan.
When the mental institutions were closed in the 1990's, the profit scheme came to light and a scandal erupted. The survivors now adults began to tell about the horrors of the stories of being imprisoned in insane asylums from childhood - the profound abuse, treatment as slave labor, electro-shock treatments, sexual abuse, physical tortures, straitjackets, and medical experiments.
It is said that a Dr. Ewen Cameron lived and worked in Albany, New York, and was involved in experiments in Canada for Project MKULTRA, a United States based CIA-directed mind control program. He also worked at the Allan Memorial Institute of the McGill University where he would perform these medical experiments.
In addition to LSD, Cameron also experimented with various paralytic drugs, as well as electroconvulsive therapy at 30 to 40 times the normal power. His "driving" experiments consisted of putting subjects into drug-induced coma for months on end (up to three in one case) while playing tape loops of noise or simple repetitive statements. It is also said that Dr. Cameron used to travel some underground tunnels that lead from Lake Placid, NY to the main pavillion of the Dorea Institute and perform terrible medical experiments on the children who dwelled there.
There are 7 buildings on the main grounds of Dorea, as well as 4 buildings that are hidden in the forest and have no pathways to. There are also 3 more additional buildings across the road. Behind the main pavillion is a stretch of road that now leads to a big empty lot, but its said there was once a Church and a cemetary there that held all the children who died at Dorea (many of them from the medical experiments). This is speculation as I have no way of providing any truth to these accusations.
I'm hoping to find the truth and to find out exactly what happened at the Dorea Institute.
 Taken from 'Duplessis Orphans' at http://hamptonroads.com/2008/01/duplessis-orphans
 Taken from 'Donald Ewen Cameron' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Ewen_Cameron