4 disturbing scenes from Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story

Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story is Lifetime’s latest biopic about the woman who revolutionized American journalism by uncovering brutality and abuse at the Woman’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell Island.

The Nellie Bly Story is a tragic tale of one woman’s journey to uncover sinister truths about the treatment of mentally ill women at an infamous asylum located on Blackwell Island. Prior to Nellie’s research and eventual undercover infiltration of the asylum, investigative reporting did not exist. Even though Nellie’s journey was harrowing and full of unspeakable torment, she was a catalyst for change both in the reformation of mental health care and that of journalism.

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