For years, students and faculty in Western Illinois University’s Simpkins Hall have told stories about phantom children, but many other odd occurrences are attributed to “Harold,” a former janitor or graduate assistant who lurks among the classrooms on the third floor. After classes finish for the day, the disembodied sound of keys jingling, doors opening and closing, or a typewriter clicking, rattle the nerves of even the most seasoned educator. In addition to Simpkins Hall, several of the campus dorms—Bayliss just to name one—are also rumored to be haunted.
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From “The Fallen Investigate”:
A door slammed in the hallway and Sam screamed. She reflexively covered her mouth as everyone’s eyes fell on her. Suddenly, the bulb in the desk lamp burnt out.
“Mike,” Aurelia said. “I think this is a bad idea. I’m getting a hostile vibe.”
“Give me a one minute,” Mike replied. “Did you die here? What do you want?”
“R-E-V-E-N-G-E,” the planchette spelled out.
Aurelia jumped to her feet. “Mike!”
“Give me one more minute.”
All of a sudden, Emmer was violently dumped from the bed and landed with a thud on the floor next to a large plush elephant. His eyes shot open and he cried out in surprise as soon as he hit the cheap linoleum.