No one could protect her once she was inside. No friend would hear her if she screamed. A brilliant undercover journalist and actress, Nellie Bly is admitted into Blackwell's Island asylum in New York as a homeless "crazy" lady. What will she be in 10 days?
The year is 1887, and the public is unaware of how patients are treated in asylums. One of the world's first female journalists and an actress, she takes on the role of an insane woman to gain inside access, then writes this expose for the New York World. The risks are high. Misdiagnoses and cruelty set the stage for Nellie's performance of a lifetime. Here is a woman with bravery and heart who brings history to life in this narrative.
Nellie Bly's story will be released as a movie in September 2015, starring Caroline Barry and Christopher Lambert.
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Pioneer of Immersion Journalism
Excellent reporting by Nellie Bly