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A Place That No One Built

An unknown transmission sent at 3:30 AM GMT on 28 July 2004 using BBC Europe’s second channel triggered multiple alarms, as the channel has been closed since the beginning of 1991. After being decoded by Mortfield’s special cyber unit, an internal investigation was launched to determine the source of the signal.

Transcript of Unknown BBC Europe Transmission

The problem with the Stádlec House is not immediately apparent at first glance. The building's form and figure place it firmly in the era of Stalinist architecture, using minimal concrete in favor of brick masonry covered by stucco. This would place the era of its creation prior to 1956, but you would be hard pressed to find anyone here in Stádlec who remembers when it was built. We talked to Běla Marečková, a local woman aged 95 to ask her about the history of the building.

"[When I was 35 years old, my daughter asked me to come outside and there it was. The walls were painted black and the windows had bars on them. The mayor told us it was an example of superior communist construction methods. But it was something else. I never saw the nurses who worked there before that day, and as we got older they stayed the same age. The people who got put in there were bad, we kept being told. They took my daughter in 1970. She was 16 years old, and more than a handful. But she never hurt anyone. I never saw her again after the nurses came to take her away. The screaming coming out of there kept me awake for years. I'm sorry. I have to go. I need to tend to my garden.]"

Declarations of mental illness by the state have often been used as a tool of state control. General Leoš Hanák and Actress Jana Kuncová were famous examples of Czechoslovakian citizens who were eventually committed for anti-party thinking. But the Stádlec House's reputation was legendary even among medical professionals as a place of torture. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, we've searched every credible record of this town and its construction projects. We've looked for employment records. We've asked maybe hundreds of citizens in and around the town of Stádlec if they can remember when it was built. The answer is always the same.

It appeared one day from nothing. And the screams it generated every night for 40 years kept the people of Stádlec afraid.

In 1993 the screams stopped. The building was abandoned overnight. The nurses and patients all disappeared.

No one knows what happened, but there is a local legend involving 3 children who, in 1999 attempted to explore the abandoned building overnight. Only one child emerged from the ruins afterward, speaking of strange energies. Of a portal to another world that fascinated his friends. He said they'd gone into the portal and he hadn't been brave enough to follow.

The next night the surviving child went back into the abandoned building that no one remembers being built. He never returned. Sometimes, late at night when the residents are trying to sleep, they still hear him screaming.

This is "Tales from the Iron Corridor" from BBC Europe. I'm Malcolm Phillips.


It was eventually uncovered by Mortfield personnel that the Stádlec House does in fact exist, and its history more- or less matches the clip. Malcolm Phillips however, could not be identified.

The investigation could also not conclude where the information came from: upon questioning, none of the locals had any recollection of being interviewed.


Dr. Jeremiah Cimmerian

Ignota IronShears


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