Saints of Camarillo by Dovie Ruth

Saints of Camarillo: Inside California’s Infamous State Hospital


When Lacey joined a cohort of child psychology interns in the 1970s at Camarillo State Mental Hospital, she feared for her life. She would not only study and work at the institution, but would live on the hospital grounds a short distance from the wards and take her meals with the patients.

Lacey wanted to learn to work with difficult children, however, Camarillo housed some of the most dangerous youngsters in the State of California.

The institution was also as notorious for its scandals as it was for its rambling Mission revival style psychiatric wards.

Soon Lacey discovered that her battle would not be with the children. They rarely assaulted interns and staff members with the kindest of hearts.

No, trouble lurked from someplace far deeper within the asylum. It seemed to ooze from the thick stuccoed walls like black mold in a flooded basement. Surely, the warning signs were there if Lacey could only learn to read them. Or would she become just another casualty in the field of mental health?

A riveting tale with unforgettable characters. Based on a true story.

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