Letter: 'Isn't there anything anyone can do'

Feedback from a reader of our Buck v. Bell entry whose aunt, like Carrie Buck, was institutionalized at the Virginia Colony for the Epileptic and Feebleminded in Lynchburg:

I have an Aunt that was placed at this same place for the same reason,she will be 87 next month, she is the only one left from her mother her blood brothers has passed away. Isn’t there anything anyone can do about such places, my Aunt talks of how they tried to kill her by letting her bleed half to death and I have letters that was written from this place back in the early fifties where she would ask to come home and they had her on probation….my question: Why was SHE on probation? thanks a reply would be nice..thank you


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