Debut Episode of Eli Roth Podcast Explores An Abandoned Indianapolis Asylum Haunting

A new podcast from horror director Eli Roth recounts the terrifying ways the supernatural wrecked the lives of unsuspecting victims.

March 22, 2022
Eli Roth, host of the "A Ghost Ruined My Life" podcast, is seated in front of a microphone, wearing a black t-shirt. There is a patio behind him.

Eli Roth, host of the "A Ghost Ruined My Life" podcast

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From the host of “A Ghost Ruined My Life” comes a podcast featuring first-person accounts from people who found themselves victimized by unseen forces.

Horror film director and producer Eli Roth is known for his work on the movies “Borderlands,” “Hostel,” “Knock Knock,” and “Death Wish.” He also has acting credits under his belt for his roles in “Inglourious Basterds” and “Death Proof.” Roth’s first deep dive into non-fiction horror was with “Eli Roth’s History of Horror” on AMC and “Eli Roth: A Ghost Ruined My Life” on discovery+.

Now, he brings the stories of terrifying paranormal encounters in podcast format as he interviews people who have been terrorized by the unseen.

The Asylum

In its debut episode, “A Ghost Ruined My Life” podcast explored the story of Schuler Johnson, who was 18 when he and his friends went poking around an abandoned asylum and inadvertently invited evil into his life.

“This is a dare that turned into a curse,” Roth explained in the episode’s opening.

Schuler was 18 when he and two friends decided to explore Central State Hospital outside Indianapolis. The facility operated as a mental institution between 1848 and its closure in 1994. The thousands of patients who passed through its doors were reportedly subject to abuse and substandard care.

It was a cold November night when the teens entered one of the buildings on the property. Schuler said he could sense something sinister as they walked through the place and said he felt a hand grab his shoulder at one point.

The trio decided to explore the tunnel system that connected all of the buildings. It was there that they challenged the spirits to show themselves.

Schuler watched a rock levitate off the tunnel floor and fly towards him. As it landed at his feet, he put the rock in his pocket as a souvenir.

More rocks began flying at the boys. They were pelted with them as they ran blindly through the tunnels, searching for a way out.

That night, the haunting began. For a month, Schuler was tormented by nightmares and the apparition of a woman in white who screamed at him. He awoke with bruises and still has a scar more than 10 years after the manifestation.

One night, he dreamed he was floating over his bed and watched something unseen drag his body from his room and down the hallway of his home. Finally, it dawned on him—he had to return the rock.

Does taking the rock back to Central State stop the haunting?

Find out when you listen to “A Ghost Ruined My Life” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. New episodes drop every Thursday.

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