In response to a 2019 survey by multinational market analysis group Ipsos, slightly below half of Individuals consider in ghosts. Wichita Falls has its personal ghostly rumors, akin to Witch’s Gate. From an article by “106.3: The Buzz”, “ask any Wichita Falls native and the tales begin spinning with tales of homicide, treasure, arson, ghosts and every part in between relating to the notorious, Witches Gate.” The Kell Home Museum held haunted excursions on Halloween weekend. Texoma is not any stranger to ghost tales, and neither is Midwestern State College. These are investigations into the ghostly rumors of the MSU campus.
Killingsworth Corridor Ghost
City legend tells, as cited on this 2013 issue of The Wichitan, “rumors unfold like wildfire. On-campus you’ll hear of the freshman haunting the halls of Killingsworth…Some say she jumped from the chapel, whereas others declare it was her dorm room the place she plunged six tales to her premature demise,” in reference to Jennifer L. Perrin, who handed away in 1996.
Whereas the article debunks the claims, Perrin was in truth the sufferer of a automotive accident. A tree and a plaque have been planted in entrance of Killingsworth to honor her reminiscence. Nonetheless, at the same time as she rests in peace, college students nonetheless expertise uncanny energies and bumps within the night time. Sleep paralysis appeared to be a standard symptom, based on the rumors. Rylee Hammond, a resident of Killingsworth Corridor, doesn’t consider within the ghosts allegedly skulking about her constructing.
“No, I don’t assume it’s haunted. I’ve lived there for a 12 months and a half and I’ve by no means had any suspicious exercise occurring, or something like that that I’ve observed at the very least. I’ve heard of the rumors my first semester, however even watching out, I haven’t seen something,” Rylee Hammond, physics sophomore, mentioned.
Theatre senior Rebekah Gardner differs from Hammond. Gardner mentioned there isn’t any doubt Killingsworth is haunted.
“So my first semester right here at MSU, I lived on the sixth ground of Killingsworth and there can be a number of instances the place I’d be standing at my sink and I’d see the shadow of an individual stroll outdoors of my window, and I knew it wasn’t a chicken as a result of a chicken doesn’t seem like an individual,” Gardner mentioned. “It was distinctly a person-shape, and an individual can’t stroll previous a sixth-floor window… That’s too excessive up for an individual.”
Gardner additionally witnessed the sleep paralysis advised by the rumors. They describe the humanoid creatures that sat on the finish of their mattress throughout the episodes as “product of the spottiness that you just get whenever you rub your eyes actually laborious.” Roommates Christa Pegram, geoscience freshman, and Samantha Acuña, historical past freshman, testify to ghostly encounters all through practically each ground.
“Me and my roommate are like…’ paranormal attractors.’ Spirits are interested in us in a approach… My first week being right here, I simply felt an odd power,” Pegram mentioned. “I’d principally have stuff in a sure spot, and I’d flip round or depart my room and I’d flip again round… and it might be in a totally totally different spot.”
Pegram mentioned, nevertheless, that she didn’t expertise the sleep paralysis that was part of the rumors. Her roommate Acuña confirmed these experiences and added her personal irregular encounters with the uncanny.
“Once I first moved into Killingsworth… my roommate was Kimberly [who] wasn’t right here at first, and I’ve been right here since Aug. 14. She didn’t transfer in till across the twenty third and I’d simply have experiences. [For example,] my dresser would randomly throw the drawers out, and I’d simply randomly hear the sink activate. I must go and switch it off, after which my TV would simply make static sounds after I’d be enjoying Guitar Hero randomly,” Acuña mentioned. “Once I moved into Christa’s room, it adopted me to her room at first. The drawers can be opening up after which closing, and he or she can be asleep, however I’d nonetheless hear individuals speaking within the room.”
Since Acuña has sleep insomnia, she mentioned she is awake lengthy sufficient to witness different bumps within the night time. She describes a backroom on the fifth ground with an unconnected tv that will activate to a static display screen, although the distant management was hung up on the wall with nobody to the touch it. Acuña described the power as a collective drive: ghosts, somewhat than a ghost. She described “shadows strolling at night time” on the fountain in entrance of Centennial Corridor and related odd experiences to Killingsworth within the next-door constructing, Pierce Corridor.
“I don’t assume individuals have died inside the faculty, it’s extra like possibly there have been previous occasions earlier than the college was even constructed that it simply type of caught round and one thing triggered it,” Acuña mentioned.
The Haunted Theatre
Mark A. Robinson of Broadway Direct writes, “Theater individuals additionally like their superstitions and traditions.” They’ve complicated rituals, want one another properly with “break a leg,” and are cautious of mentioning the Scottish play by identify. Steven Kitner, theatre senior, mentioned nobody needs to be informed concerning the theatre ghost except they’re a theatre main, not even a minor will allow. The consensus appears to be that the theatre is haunted by a spirit named “Brooks.”
“Brooks is 100% actual. There’s a number of instances I’ve been within the cuts. There’s simply been some noises and flickering of lights and issues,” Reagan Whiteley, theatre junior, mentioned.
Theatre senior Rachel Masters relays a narrative the place she heard growling behind her when no one was there and cites a sighting of Brooks within the rafters.
“…one thing [was] shifting up there, and I’d be like ‘hey Ron, peace-up, is that you just?’ No. And no one mentioned something, so I’m assuming it was Brooks,” Masters mentioned.
The aforementioned Ron Harle, theatre graduate, discovered a playbill for a Nineteen Eighties manufacturing of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” with Brooks’ identify listed for the set crew. Harle discovered this throughout the 2019 MSU manufacturing of the identical present.
“No matter you’re feeling about ghosts, that’s as much as you, however there have been individuals who have felt like they’ve been pushed [while] up within the cuts, and it felt as if they’d been touched somewhere else and areas within the theatre,” Harle mentioned. “There was a former pupil right here who graduated a pair years in the past. He was up hanging lights sooner or later and he was strolling via the hallway and felt as if any person rushed previous him.”
Harle mentioned that it might be unlikely for it to be a breeze because the air will get scorching and stagnant within the cuts. He additionally mentioned that one of many doorways slammed shut with important drive. Harle admitted to feeling like another person was there even when he knew he was the one one within the constructing.
“That’s one of many tales that I do know of. And peculiar issues that occur, bumps within the night time, that happen listed here are attributed to Brooks,” Harle mentioned. “And generally bizarre issues occur or we want additional assist, so we’re similar to ‘hey Brooks, may you give us a hand?’”
One such bump within the night time comes from Professor of Communication Sandra Grant. Grant is in tune with the ghostly rumors on campus. Grant mentioned she heard unusual noises regardless of being alone.
“It was round midnight or so. I used to be engaged on one thing in my workplace and there have been theatre individuals. They have been simply operating round playing around. And I lastly mentioned, ‘you guys! It’s midnight, go dwelling!’ [and] I heard them depart,” Grant mentioned. “So I’m in my workplace and above my head, I hear…furnishings shifting. I believed, ‘actually humorous.’ I got here round to the staircase that went upstairs… and I believed I’d kinda scare them. I begin tiptoeing up the steps and laughing as I’m going. I flip to go searching the nook. I scream ‘boo!’ No one’s up there. I believed ‘okay, so that they sneaked down and bought away from me.’ I got here again downstairs. No one’s right here.”
Grant additionally described a state of affairs two years later whereby she got here into the theatre’s greenroom to speak with a upkeep one that was on a break. The upkeep individual, whom Grant mentioned had no information of her personal expertise, requested if Grant heard “bizarre noises” within the constructing.
“I mentioned ‘properly, there’s a number of open areas and it’s only a weird-sounding constructing. He mentioned ‘yeah, however the different night time, I used to be sitting proper right here and I heard the strangest factor. It appeared like furnishings was shifting,’” Grant mentioned. “I’m positive it meant nothing, however it’s much more enjoyable to assume that it’s actual.”
Grant confirmed that Brooks was an actual individual. Grant heard the story from Laura Jefferson, who was chair of the theatre division from 1985-2013 and left the college in 2015, based on MSU’s Faculty and Staff website. Additionally based on Grant, Brooks was a theatre pupil who had died and needed his ashes unfold throughout the theatre.
Grant mentioned, “That they had a dinner, bought collectively, very severe factor. That they had a ceremony with the ashes, and so they unfold them. And she or he mentioned, what they didn’t unfold, they left downstairs in storage. So I don’t know if it’s nonetheless down there.”
Though Grant by no means mentioned the reason for demise, Harle and Gardner each mentioned Brooks died from an AIDS-related sickness. The Nineteen Eighties would have been the peak of the AIDS epidemic. In response to Gardner, Brooks is a pleasant ghost.
“There have been college students who’ve claimed anytime that they’ve practiced monologues or one thing whereas alone within the theatre, they begin to scent flowers,” Gardner mentioned. “…as if it’s Brookes throwing flowers on the stage.”