"Exposé of Willowbrook State School" - Geraldo Rivera - As a reporter for WABC-TV in 1972, Geraldo Rivera entered into the Willowbrook State School using a stolen key and exposed the abusive living conditions of the institution.
In 1938 in a 375 acre section of Willowbrook, Staten Island, construction started on a hospital for mentally handicapped children. When construction was completed in 1942 the buildings were converted to a United States Army Hospital named Halloren General Hospital. In October of 1947 the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene took over the buildings renaming it the Willowbrook State School. By 196
Willowbrook State School Exposed. Unbelievable....John & Yoko watched Geraldo Rivera's T.V. Program in June , met him and arranged to do a Benefit Concert for the Retarded Children of Willowbrook... Called One to One in Aug 1972 ... Earning over 1.5 million dollars for the kids.. , John paid 59,000 dollars worth of tickets, to be given out to the fundraising volunteers
WILLOWBROOK STATE SCHOOL- NY, NY - (Dumping grounds, is more like it. Geraldo made it famous with his documentary of the horrors inside, and was still open for another 10 friggin years!) Failed state-supported institution meant to rehabilitate students with mental retardation