The journalist Nellie Bly died at the age of 57. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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American journalist best known for her record-breaking trip around the world, inspired by author Jules Verne’s book Around The World in 80 Days. She once faked insanity in order to do an investigative report on mental institutions.
She married Robert Seaman in 1895.
People in the world can never imagine the length of days to those in asylums. They seemed never ending, and we welcomed any event that might give us something to think about as well as talk of.
I always had a desire to know asylum life more thoroughly – a desire to be convinced that the most helpless of God’s creatures, the insane, were cared for kindly and properly.
Even that was all consumed after two days, and the patients had to try to choke down fresh fish, just boiled in water, without salt, pepper or butter; mutton, beef, and potatoes without the faintest seasoning.
In our short walks we passed the kitchen where food was prepared for the nurses and doctors. There we got glimpses of melons and grapes and all kinds of fruits, beautiful white bread and nice meats, and the hungry feeling would be increased tenfold.
I had never been near insane persons before in my life, and had not the faintest idea of what their actions were like.