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Erected in 1876 and expanded over time, the Tannersville Asylum shuttered its foreboding doors in the waning days of the 1920s. The desolate halls now stand as silent witnesses to the anguish of the inmates, condemned for transgressions they could scarcely comprehend. In 1930, Powell Industries claimed ownership of the forsaken edifice in a foreclosure sale.

It is believed that William Sidis, a child prodigy of unparalleled intellect, once found refuge within the asylum’s sombre confines. Possessing extraordinary mathematical and linguistic prowess, Sidis’ IQ soared far beyond even Einstein’s. The crushing weight of expectations imposed by his parents and society drove him into a reclusive and tormented existence.

Accused of being a socialist and branded a conscientious objector, Sidis rejected conventional notions of divinity, seeking solace in an entity that transcended human understanding. As the Asylum at Tannersville languished in abandonment, the echoes of Sidis’ enigmatic life reverberated through its hollow chambers, a haunting testament to the delicate balance between genius and despair.

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