One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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3.5K Dead and Forgotten Mental Patients Now Honored

Cremated remains were found decade ago at Oregon State Hospital

(Newser) - They were dubbed the "forgotten souls"—the cremated remains of thousands who came through the doors of Oregon's state mental hospital, died there and whose ashes were abandoned inside 3,500 copper urns . Discovered a decade ago at the decrepit Oregon State Hospital, where One Flew Over ... More »

Real-Life Cuckoo's Nest Doctor Dead at 96

Dean Brooks had role in film, was regarded as psychiatric reformer

(Newser) - Dean Brooks ran Oregon's state psychiatric hospital for nearly three decades and gained a reputation as a patients' advocate and an innovator in how they were treated. That's why his obituary—he died Thursday at age 96—is in Oregon's Statesman Journal . But the reason he has... More »

Stop Calling Obama a 'Socialist'

Director Milos Forman: Those who suffered under real thing deserve better

(Newser) - When Czech native Milos Forman directed One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the character of Nurse Ratched symbolized for him the brutal Communist Party he grew up under, "telling me what I could and could not do," he writes in the New York Times . Which is why... More »

At Cuckoo's Nest Facility, 3,500 Forgotten Remains

Officials contact kin of patients at Nurse Ratched's stomping grounds

(Newser) - The remains some 3,500 patients of an Oregon mental hospital used as a stand-in for the sadistic facility in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest have sat in a storage area for years—and officials have published the names of patients who died at the hospital between... More »

Cuckoo's Nest Hospital to Reopen

Oregon facility has history of psychiatric abuse, too

(Newser) - An Oregon mental hospital that served as the set for the classic film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest—and the scene of some real-life psychiatric abuse—is being overhauled and will reopen, the AP reports. Though Cuckoo's Nest wasn't about Oregon State Hospital, the institution, like its fictional counterpart,... More »

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