Article Published on WIU’s Haunted Simpkins Hall

I first wrote about Western Illinois University’s haunted Simpkins Hall for Vol. 4 Issue 9 of the Legends and Lore of Illinois, which I elaborated on in my book Paranormal Illinois. College and university lore has always fascinated me, so much so that I wrote a book on the subject that will be released in print by Crossroad Press this summer. I always try to find the latest information on campus legends, especially from my home state of Illinois. An author simply known as “hallmolly” recently wrote an article about WIU’s Simpkins Hall for The Mirror and the Lamp, a publication of the Phi Delta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. In it, she interviewed several people about the ghost stories that circulate the building. Here is an excerpt:

One of the ghosts that is rumored to roam the halls is called Harold and while the original story recounts him as a graduate student that passed away while in Simpkins, he is now said to be a janitor. There is no record of this student or his death, only adding to the argument that there really are no ghosts in Simpkins. However, Dr. Chris Morrow, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Journalism, has witnessed a few strange occurrences.

Dr. Morrow went seven years without anything out of the ordinary happening. Then, just last semester, two separate instances caused him to think twice about the possible paranormal inhabitants. While sorting through papers after a night class, he believed he heard a graduate student behind him clear his throat. Dr. Morrow assumed that it was of his students from his night class that had just ended. It was after 8 pm, so the majority of the building was empty. When he turned around to talk to the student, there was no one there. Unsettled, Dr. Morrow left quickly and put the incident in the back of his mind.

It is wonderful to come across original research like this, so I thought I would share it with my readers. Read the entire article here. Thanks for the shout out, Molly!

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