In the last year, nearly 200 people have been arrested for "trespassing" at the historic "Northville mental hospital" on 7 mile road between Haggerty road and Notthville road, with a total of 608 police runs to the facility.
Whether you're a professional photographer looking to archive historical sites of the yesteryear's, or a college student home for the summer hoping for a little adventure, the one place you should eliminate from your summer bucket list is the former Northville mental hospital.
Years ago I too was fascinated with the legend of the old ruin, the stories from people who "made it inside," and the pure mystery over what this place was really about. But after witnessing the legal ramifications of curiosity, I can easily cross this hotspot off my list of "places to see."
The fact of the matter is that while Northville Township struggles to come up with a solution for redeveloping the storied landmark, they are absolutely relishing in the revenue-generating source that it's become. An arrest for trespassing is a 90-day Misdemeanor in Michigan which means you can spend up to 90 days in jail if convicted (that's serious, and means you will have a criminal record). Fortunately, the majority of “offenders” avoid a jail sentence by coughing up a hefty fine. Despite giving the court over $500 in fines, unsuspecting ghost hunters, summer-adventurist, and professional photographers are left with the reality that their day of exploration has cost them more than a few hundred bucks in fines. At the discrepancy of the court, countless "offenders" are placed on probation with restrictions on alcohol, curfew, substance testing, and mandatory reporting. Those who take the charge lightly are in for a surprise!
There are, however, those few insightful "offenders" that consider their options before handing their life over to the mercy of the court. The consciously informed "offender" knows that he or she has the right to an attorney who will argue vigorously and work to negotiate a reduced sentence - one that recognizes an honest mistake and points out the Township's flaws in failing to give proper notice of posted "private property."
If you find yourself "following the light" to the squad car of the Northville Township "ghost police," you know who to call... Kelly & Kelly, P.C., Ghostbusters.