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Briarcliff Manor
Category: Health center
Continent: North America
Country: United States of America
State: Massachusetts
County: Wasaugee
Appearances: American Horror Story: Asylum
1st appearance: "Welcome to Briarcliff"

Briarcliff Manor is a fictional mental health facility featured in the FX Network television series American Horror Story. It is the main setting featured in season two of the show, American Horror Story: Asylum. It first appeared in the season premiere, "Welcome to Briarcliff".

Description & History[edit | edit source]

Briarcliff Manor is a closed down mental asylum located in Wasaugee, Massachusetts. During the 1930s it was a tuberculosis hospital, but was converted into an asylum for the criminally insane in the 1960s. By the modern era, the hospital had long since been shut down.

1960s[edit | edit source]

In 1964, Briarcliff was run by a woman named Sister Jude Martin. She reluctantly worked alongside a state-appointed experimental surgeon named Arthur Arden, of whom she kept in very low regard. Arden felt an equal measure of contempt towards Sister Jude, and felt that she only served to interfere with his experiments. Doctor Arden had many interests at the hospital, and felt that the patients represented the perfect stock for his experiments. He was responsible for cultivating a race of bizarre creatures that lived in a habitat outside the building on the hospital grounds.

1980s[edit | edit source]

In between 1984 and 1989, the manor was purchased by Margaret Booth along with several other creepy locales across America. [1]

The present[edit | edit source]

In the present, two thrillseekers named Leo and Teresa Morrison came to the abandoned ruins of Briarcliff as part of their ongoing expedition to tour the most haunted places in America. They explored the dark corridors of the asylum and even had sex on one of the electro-shock tables. Teresa recounted the legend of the serial killer known as Bloody Face. They could not have expected or even been remotely prepared when Bloody Face suddenly appeared and attacked them. He ripped off Leo's arm and stabbed him in the chest. Teresa tried to fight back and briefly incapacitated Bloody Face. However, two other intruders, both wearing Bloody Face masks came into the building and shot them both dead. Only then did they discover that the true Bloody Face was still very much alive. [2][3][4]

Residents[edit | edit source]


  • Kit Walker - Alleged serial killer; "Bloody Face"
  • Lana Winters - Investigative reporter; Lesbian
  • Grace Bertrand - Murdered her father and stepmother.
  • Jed Potter - Possessed by a demon; Died from failed exorcism.
  • Mexican, The - Stabbed to death by Sister Mary Eunice McKee.
  • Pepper - Microcephalic; Accused of murdering her niece.
  • Shelley - Nymphomaniac; Mutilated by Doctor Arden.



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