The Tomorrow Show (1973)

Season 7 Episode 100

March 12, 1980

Aired Weekdays 12:30 AM Mar 12, 1980 on NBC
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March 12, 1980
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Host Tom Snyder's guests are former mental patient Bill Thomas discusses the decade he spent at The Farview Hospital (Pa.) where he was beaten and abused by the staff. He says that when his father died he began to lose touch with reality. When he fathered a mentally retarded daughter he felt that it was because his father was punishing him from beyond the grave. He became paranoid and when his wife left him he became a derelict. He would confess to crimes he hadn't committed so the police would put him out of his misery. Believing his father was alive he'd break into mausoleums to contact him. Finally he attempted suicide and landed in Farview. There he found patients were beaten regularly and heavily drugged. He says there was alcohol and drug abuse as well as homosexuality among the staff and patients. Unable to get out, he had a guard smuggle him a camera and tape recorder. Clip of horrors there is shown. He says although the staff caused several deaths not one has been convicted. Marcia Lyons husband died of Lung Cancer at age 29 as did 2 other colleagues of his within 18 Months. They were exposed to arsenic fumes at The Ford Motor Co. The case is before Workmens Compensation and they hope to take the case to the courts.

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