Old buildings have a way about them. They have a long history, so it’s only natural that the history includes curious or violent deaths. Educational institutions are no strangers to this phenomena, in fact, there are some great examples to share.
Founded in 1841 in New York, Fordham University is supposedly home to several haunted buildings.
The oddly named Martyrs’ Court resident hall has housed several students who reported encountering a man in the hallways walking up to walls and then vanishing. More common are experiences by female students using a specific bathroom in the building.
According to witnesses, a small girl appears in one of the shower stalls and stands quietly, not turning to look at any of the students who are in the bathroom with her at the time. Others report showers turning on by themselves when nobody else is in the room.
Built around the time of the university’s founding, Queen’s Court dorm also has a haunting past. Students at the dorm have repeatedly told stories of finding mattresses taken from the beds and leaning against the walls. The mattresses would be put back on the beds but would reappear back against the walls the following day. Thinking it might be a prank, the rooms were locked when nobody was inside.
The mystery of the moving mattresses continued until a Jesuit priest appeared and claimed he could rid the building of its otherworldly residents. The priest was apparently successful and the mattress-moving ceased. One of the students involved went to the university officials to obtain the priest’s name so he could thank him. The student identified the priest from a photograph — but he was informed that the priest in the photograph had died several years earlier.
Germany’s Heidelberg University features hauntings that can be tracked back to the country’s time under Nazi control. Classrooms belonging to professors who died in concentration camps feature chalkboards that erase themselves or produce nonsensical writings that appear overnight. The classrooms are locked at night.
Also during the Nazi era, many women were taken to this university to be sterilized against their will. Sounds of women crying have been heard within the university’s medical clinic.
A burning of banned books occurred before World War II in the main area of the campus. On occasion, students have noticed the strong smell of smoke when there is no fire present in the area.
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