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Relaxin' At Camarillo

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Uploaded on Jul 11, 2010

Images of the former Camarillo State Hospital, and now Channel Islands University, California. Photos taken July 2010, by Allison Monahan (Salter), a former Psychiatric Technician who worked out at the Hospital from 1981-1984 and wanted to have an historic photo record of her own, before too many changes are done. The background music: "Relaxin' At Camarillo," is by Charlie Parker.
History of Camarillo State Hospital, California:
The hospital was in operation from 1936 to 1997. The hospital is rumored to have employed treatments now considered brutal, such as shock therapy, and as a result could be haunted.
The hospital was converted first into space for local businesses and artists and later made the transition to a California State University campus.
Charlie Parker's "Relaxin' at Camarillo," was written while he was recovering from his heroin addiction at the Camarillo State Mental Hospital.
Parker wrote this about the time he spent at Camarillo State Hospital in Ventura County, California. He was sent there after spending 10 days in jail, charged with indecent exposure, resisting arrest, and suspected arson.
Parker's arrest was for an incident on July 29, 1946 where he fell asleep while smoking and set his hotel bed on fire after wandering through the hotel lobby wearing nothing but socks.
While in Camarillo, Parker played saxophone in the hospital band on Saturday nights. He also passed time there by tending a lettuce patch. He wound up spending six months there. His third wife, Doris Sydnor, moved to California so that she could visit him three times a week. She had to take a job as a waitress to support herself.

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