Marty Rathbun is Lying Again

Once again Marty Rathbun is trying to position himself as McMurphy, Jack Nicholson’s character in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. In his narcissistic “memoirs,” Rathbun writes how he tried to save his institutionalized brother in a mental hospital and how he did everything McMurphy did in the movie. He then drops the hammer to his readers when he said it was the same mental hospital that the film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest was filmed in.

Rathbun wrote:

“Dammasch State Hospital for the Criminally Insane I’ve been here before.”

“It was dark when I walked up the long driveway toward the entrance to Dammasch State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. I couldn’t put my finger on what it was exactly, but I had an eerie feeling that I had been there before…

“I pressed Arnold to tell me the program laid out for my brother’s recovery. He could only answer with vague generalities about “maintenance” and “control.” “Cure” and “rehabilitation” were conspicuously absent from the soliloquy. Ultimately, after continued pressure, Arnold acknowledged that he was frustrated; his only job seemed to be administering medications, and calling for orderlies if they didn’t to “bite” sufficiently. He said he was touched by my level of concern, and that he seldom saw family visit patients, let alone demand results. He promised he would help me if he could find any way to do so.

“As we walked across an empty parking lot toward Arnold’s car, I said, “Arnold, I gotta tell you, this place really gives me the creeps. I could swear I’ve been here before, but I know I haven’t.”

“Arnold replied, “Mark, did you ever see the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?”

“Yes, and I read the book twice.”

“Well, this is where they filmed the movie, maybe that’s it.”

“Over the next several afternoon visits, I realized Arnold was right. It was just like Cuckoo’s Nest in several respects, with one big exception: in the real Dammasch, some roles were reversed from the book and movie. In Ken Kesey’s book, Nurse Ratched was the villainous, unmerciful control freak, getting in the road of the well- meaning psychiatrist. In real life, it was the meek, well-meaning psychiatric nurse, nervously navigating around the arbitrary dictates of the unsympathetic psychiatrist.”

“Dr. Stem — as I’ll call him eponymously, since I cannot recall his real name — operated like the Wizard of Oz. Hiding behind a maze of administrators, it took several days before I was able to speak with him — and even then, only by phone.
“I asked, “Doctor, what has he got?”
“How old are you?” came the non-sequitur, cold response.
“I’m twenty.”
“So you are his younger brother. How you could be considered guardian is beyond me.”

The truth is Dammasch State Hospital for the Criminally Insane was not where One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest was filmed. See One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest hospital demolished. PDF for more information.

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