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Ten Most Haunted Schools on the U.S. East Coast

Updated on April 15, 2016
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Kitty has had paranormal experiences her entire life. These experiences have fueled her passion to write about all things supernatural.

Most Haunted Schools

School is a place where we send our young ones to learn and receive a formal education, in order to propel them into the next stage of their lives. Schools are thought to be an instituted and somewhat orderly place, though sometimes they are not. Fights and rowdy children could be the cause for the disturbed peace, or a more sinister power may lurk behind school walls waiting to be discovered. In the past twenty years, the number of paranormal experiences and hauntings reported in schools across America has been on the rise. With stories of ghostly children and murdered teachers and even lonely janitors, this is my list of the top ten most haunted schools in America...it might be a good idea to read this during the day, while there's still light outside!

1. Lambertville High School

Across the Delaware River, directly adjacent to Pennsylvania is the little town of Lambertville, New Jersey. This little rural town has a thick historical past, if you dig deep enough. The most interesting piece of history and the creepiest I have read in a very long time is the ghostly stories surrounding the abandoned Lambertville High School. The high school was first established in 1854 and then remodeled in 1927. Apparently in the 1950s, the school closed its doors forever after a ravenous fire and also due to the increasing population of the town's youth.

Since the 50's, many brave (or stupid) New Jersian souls have gotten up enough pluck to go wandering through the disheveled and partially burnt hallways of the old high school only to discover that they should not have done such a thing! The first thing that really sent the shivers down my spine when researching this school is the chalkboard artwork in one of the classrooms. Unfortunately somebody has graffiti-ed all over the etchings, but the picture to the right was one captured of the artwork before it was vandalized. Many people who have seen this etching in person say that it is either very creepy or somewhat nostalgic in that it reminds them of when they attended school. Either way, the artist of the etchings is unknown...there has never been a signature found and no one has admitted to their masterpiece in the abandoned school.

One person tells of how he and his friends went looking for adventure and adventure (or terror) found them on the third floor of the collapsing school. The man and friends were turning to leave the building when they heard two blood-curdling screams from what seemed to be a little girl, undulating down from the third floor that they had just departed from. Another man claims that he spent the night in the high school back in the 80's to avoid getting caught sneaking back into his house after sneaking out and having the door locked behind him. He slept in one of the offices on the second floor of the Lambertville High School, only to be awakened in the middle of the dark night to a dragging or shuffling sound of footsteps making their rounds around the entire school...each floor and stopping in front of each classroom or office along the way. He claims it stopped in front of the office he was resting in and he didn't move until the sun came up...and then he bolted out of the building!

Among the screams and shuffling noises heard inside of the old school, there is also tales of children's laughter emanating from the old school at exactly midnight. Some locals claim that a number of children were killed in the school's last fire and that they could still be trapped there...maybe the old rendering on the chalkboard was a dedication to their memory, rendered there by a teacher or student who knew the others? Whatever the facts, this is one scary high school with a long list of ghostly experiences.

Keller Building, Poltergeist Activity Here
Keller Building, Poltergeist Activity Here
Picture of Old Main
Picture of Old Main | Source
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old main

2. Pennsylvania State University

This University, established in the mid 1800's, is a hot spot for paranormal activity, including what people claim to be a poltergeist in one area of the campus. While reading through some sites in reference to the hauntings experienced on this college's premises, I made the observation that almost every building has some sort of ghost story related to it. Some of them are extremely hair-raisingly scary, while some of the others are your typical run-of-the-mill ghost tales.

In the University's Patee Library (the basement stacks), a ghost named Betsy Aardsma is said to roam the library's quiet aisles. The story goes that Betsy was murdered in this building in 1969. Reports from students include screams, unknown glowing red eyes, floating apparitions and apparitions that walk through walls. Some of these are thought to be the spirit of poor Betsy, but there are many more spirits than just Betsy's traipsing through the Patee Library. One student even claimed to have felt a presence grab her on the neck while walking through the Library one night.

Ever heard of a ghost mule? Well, there is one particular apparition that has appeared to students and teachers in the form of a mule. They refer to him as Old Coaly and he was said to have been one of the pack mules that aided in the building of the University's buildings back in 1855. After he passed, his body was placed on an exhibit. Since then, his body has been shuffled around from one part of the University to the next, and every time he is moved people catch glimpses of his unsettled spirit...guarding his remains. Since the 1960s though, he has been on display in one area in the Agricultural Building and an eatery has been named after Old Coaly so most of Penn State's residents believe his spirit may be appeased now.

Things on campus take a terrifying twist in the legends of the Keller Building. In the 90's a student was witnessed to have jolted from his bedroom, screaming that someone or some presence was in the bed with him. When some other students and teachers led him back to his room to investigate the mysterious occurrence, his bedroom door had been locked and they witnessed loud noises as the boy's room was totally ransacked by an unknown presence. This has been attributed to a possible poltergeist, the spirit of a student who committed suicide in this building in the past.

The last and I think creepiest legend circulating the University's property is the urban legend of Brumbaugh Hall. This urban legend was actually featured as one of the urban legends in the horror film Urban Legend . Tales are told from the upperclassmen to the freshmen that an axe murderer sneaked into the Hall and slaughtered a group of teenage girls one Halloween night. There is no documented proof that an occurrence like this ever happened on this campus; nevertheless, most students avoid this building on Halloween nights.

Various other paranormal occurrences and apparitions have been experienced all over Penn State's property...ghosts of students who froze out in the cold and ghosts of people who have committed suicide in more than one of the buildings. The ghost of the old President George Atherton and also the ghost of his wife have been seen in different areas of the University campus. All of this supernatural activity makes me wonder if there isn't some sort of previous tragic connection to the land that the University rests upon...maybe a burial ground or cursed ground when the Natives ruled the land? Just a theory of my own...I could be way off. Or maybe it is situated over a paranormal hot spot...a spot in which two different energies or waves of energy collide. Whatever the reason, Penn State is definitely one of the most spooky and haunted schools in America today.

UT Today
UT Today | Source
Tampa Bay Hotel in 1898
Tampa Bay Hotel in 1898 | Source
Generals at the Tampa Bay Hotel in 1898
Generals at the Tampa Bay Hotel in 1898 | Source
Tampa Bay Hotel Patio 1898
Tampa Bay Hotel Patio 1898

3. University of Tampa

The University of Tampa is situated in downtown Tampa, Florida and was first established as the Tampa Bay Hotel in the year 1891. The sightings and paranormal occurrences here have not been formally investigated or documented yet; nevertheless, many people who have worked or studied in the University have experienced paranormal activity.

In the science department of the University of Tampa, it is said that one can hear the creaking of cart wheels and clanging sounds in the dead of the night. These sounds are attributed to being ghostly noises of the Tampa Bay Hotel's servants' that were once occupants in that area.

Perhaps one of the most told ghost stories of UT is that of the "Brown Man". The Brown Man has been seen at least twice by different people, usually close to the Plant Museum of the University, and he is always dressed in a three-piece brown suit...seemingly from another period in time. One girl who came upon the Brown Man was visiting the school with her father (he apparently worked as a maintenance man around the university) when she walked up the stairs to the second floor and saw the Brown Man standing on the third floor close to the staircase. She called out to him to see if he needed help, but he turned towards her and stared at her with what seemed to be a set of glowing red eyes. The girl bolted down the stairs and searched for her father. It was 5:30 am in the morning...and she had no idea what she had just encountered, until someone explained to her that the figure she encountered was probably the Brown Man that haunts that area of UT. Others have had similar experiences with sightings of this Brown-suited apparition. If you take a glance at the pictures to the right, these are actual photos taken in the late 1800's at the University when it was the Tampa Bay Hotel. Maybe the Brown Man is one of these men or someone that was just like them? The pictures are haunting in and of themselves.

Another paranormal phenomenon occurring somewhat often in UT is the sound of rolling dice, emanating from an area of the University that is thought to have once been the Tampa Bay Hotel's casino, years and years ago.

Holding the Galt Window
Holding the Galt Window | Source
Benet House
Benet House

4. Augusta State University

In the heart of the South is the Augusta State University, embraced by the Georgia countryside. If you've ever been to Georgia, you will understand me when I say that there is something quite haunting about the entire state, so it is no surprise that one of their main universities is a breeding ground for paranormal activities.

The University was built in the year 1783 and was shut down shortly to serve as a Civil War Hospital for wounded soldiers during the Civil War. In fact, there is a small cemetery located near the grounds of the University that is home to the graves of the "Walker" family, and it is here that students and other witnesses have spotted a ghostly Civil War soldier, in a full Civil War Confederate uniform, wandering into the cemetery.

Amongst the most infamous ghost stories told on campus is the most bone-chilling story of all...the story of Emily Galt. Emily Galt lived in a home that is now a part of the University's campus and is known as Bellevue Hall. It was the year 1862, Emily was 21 years old and was engaged to a handsome young man. Unfortunately the young suitable man was called to duty to serve in the Civil War and legend even says that Emily had an argument with him about it. She loved him so and did not want to let him go into battle right before their wedding. He did anyway and inevitably was killed in battle. It is said that Emily etched her name into the window pane of the Bellevue's window pane with her diamond engagement ring, directly before she threw herself from the window and died upon hitting the cold, hard ground below. She wanted to join her betrothed in death, since she would never be joined with him in life. The picture to the right is of a teacher at Augusta State and he is actually holding the window that carries Emily's etched name, still to this day it remains...in all its historic and sad glory. Throughout the past fifteen years, many students and teachers claim to hear an argument between a young man and woman but upon investigation no one is around. The phone lines have been known to act up, as well as other electrical appliances in Bellevue Hall. Is it possible that the young man and Emily's spirits still occupy the Bellevue Hall, re-living their fight the night that he left to go to war? Maybe they'll never be at peace...even though they are together now. Maybe they don't even realize that they're both dead...

Another paranormal hot spot on campus is the Benet House (pictured to the right), which serves as the school's Admissions Office now. Lights turn on and off, footsteps are heard, and an old rocking chair can be heard sometimes at night. Cold spots are also a common thing in the Benet House, and one of the people who work in the Benet House claim that they've witnessed a gray figure dart from their vision within a mirror in the bathroom.

My opinion? Any University (or building or property for that matter) that has a history dating back hundreds of years is bound to have some sort of spirit or energy lingering. Do I want to go investigate the supernatural occurrences on Augusta State's old campus? Well, I'll leave that one up to Georgia's paranormal professionals.


Old Settler's Cemetery on School Grounds
Old Settler's Cemetery on School Grounds | Source
Hillside Dorm
Hillside Dorm

5. Southern Maine Community College

Located in South Portland, Maine is a Community College known as Southern Maine Community College. There is a thick history of the property that the Community College now occupies, including stories of brothels, nursing homes, and even a funeral home being once present on the premises. To add to the creepiness and mystery of the property, there is an old cemetery still occupying one part of the campus grounds. It is known as the Old Settler's Cemetery.

One particular dorm house on the property is known as the Hillside Dorm, and this is the building that was thought to once have been a funeral home, a brothel, and even a nursing home throughout its long existence. Strange happenings have been recorded about this place, including animal-like noises coming from the attic. While maintenance has tried dozens of times to catch this supposed animal, they have never been successful...but apparently strange tracks in the dust have been spotted around each and every trap set up in the attic. There are also rumors that an older woman and a young boy enjoy playing tricks on some of the students living in the dormitory. Objects have been moved and beds unmade (after being made) are just a few of the supernatural occurrences here.

The paranormal investigators of Maine actually came in to investigate the ghostly rumors and found some significant evidence to prove that there is in fact paranormal activity in this historic building. They caught a few EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon) on tape, including the voice of an old lady talking to them. They also experienced activity on their K2 meters and had a flashlight mysteriously knocked over twice, with no reason as to how or why it was knocked over. You can read their full report here: http://www.pri-me.org/investigations/hillside/hillside_dorm_1.html. It is clear that the team believes there are spirits trapped here, including an older lady who seems to be an intelligent spirit of sorts. Unfortunately the last people were saying is that the building was up for sale...I wonder if the new owners or residents have experienced the same as the students and PRI-ME?


Inscription on Matthew Whaley's Tomb
Inscription on Matthew Whaley's Tomb
Matthew Whaley's School
Matthew Whaley's School

6. Matthew Whaley Elementary School

In the year 1696, a teacher named Mary Whaley gave birth to a single son and named him Matthew Whaley. Mary taught her child in the backyard of their home, but unfortunately at nine years of age, the little boy died...leaving Mary and the father with no children. Mary Whaley, shortly after her son's death, opened a school for the poor and it was known throughout the Community of Williamsburg, Virginia as "Mattey's School". Following a period of a few years, Mary Whaley lost her husband and he was buried beside Mattey in a church's cemetery located in Williamsburg. Mary left the country and entrusted her school to the church's wardens.

Through different buildings being erected and torn down over the past three hundred years, there is now a fairly large brick building used as an Elementary School and named in Matthew Whaley's memory that stands on Scotland Street. It is said that Mattey's ghost has been seen on the school grounds, more than once. However, many people claim that because this is not the actual site of the original school, his ghost is actually seen in front of the Governor's palace in town...at the spot of the original schoolhouse. Others claim that they have experienced sightings of two young black boys, playing in the yard of the Elementary School. Rumors have spread that they are the ghosts of two young black boys who were killed by anti-desegregation assailants in the 1960s. Still other people say that the ghosts are of Mattey Whaley and a little black slave boy who was his friend while he was still alive.

Whether Mattey Whaley's ghost haunts the actual school or different parts of Williamsburg is unknown, but one thing is for sure...this school has some paranormal activity that cannot be denied by the people who have witnessed the ghostly figures playing in the yard of the school on certain dark nights.

Polaroid of Beaty Towers, Enveloped by Green Fog
Polaroid of Beaty Towers, Enveloped by Green Fog
Older Picture of Thomas Hall
Older Picture of Thomas Hall

7. University of Florida

The University of Florida in Gainesville is home to the UF Gators and to tens of thousands of students...commonly known facts about the Gainesville, FL institution. One lesser known fact is that the University is haunted by more than one ghost.

In the Beaty Towers, situated right on route 441, a ghost of a young woman occupies one dormitory room. There have been many rumors spread about the young woman, saying that she supposedly committed suicide by jumping from her Beaty window back in the late 60's. Now it is known as an urban legend, as many claim that the event never took place; however, some historians on campus actually believe it to be true. Whether fact or fiction, something weird is going on in the Beaty Tower dorms. Students have said that they hear strange noises and some have even seen a ghostly figure walking up and down the halls. A rumor that Tom Petty's song "American Girl" was referring to the suicidal woman circulated amongst America's youth for a couple years after its release; however, Tom Petty put those rumors to bed in stating that the rumors were not true and that the suicidal girl's ghost is merely an urban legend. Maybe she's the product of college students' overactive imaginations? I guess you'd have to experience it for yourself...

The Thomas Hall dorms are the oldest on campus (built in the early 1900s) and are also said to be active with paranormal happenings. When the radiators are turned off and not in use during the Summer, there are noises coming from them...very creepy moaning noises. A past employee's spirit is possibly stuck in this building...forever doomed to roam the dorm's space.

8. Corriher Lipe Middle School

Corriher Lipe Middle School is located in Landis, North Carolina and is one of the schools on the United States' East Coast to be reportedly haunted.

The creepy story goes that in the 1940s, a janitor by the name of Larry was killed in a boiler-room explosion. For many years following this tragic incident, many witnesses have heard his spirit roaming the halls, keys clanking and heavy footsteps thudding on the school's floors. In addition to the janitor's restless spirit stuck in the middle school, there is also stories of children's voices and cries echoing in the hallways. Children and teachers who have been in the school at night have had similar experiences with these sounds...and they have all left frightened. Some even claim to have seen ghostly apparitions darting between lockers. There are no solid theories as to why there seems to be children spirits residing in the Middle School...only the lonely story of Larry the Janitor. Maybe if we could talk to him he might have an idea who these spirited children are?

The School As It Looks Today.
The School As It Looks Today.
The Infamous Senior Barn outside
The Infamous Senior Barn outside

9. Chopticon High School

Chopticon High School is nestled amongst farmlands dating back to the early 1800s, located in the small community of Morganza, Maryland. The school was built in 1965, as a replacement to Margaret Brent High School...which was turned into Margaret Brent Middle School.

I attended this high school and before me, my mother attended this high school. Sometime in the 80's, an English teacher who taught at Chopticon was murdered while in the school one day. It was supposedly in the summer, so class was not in session. Mrs. Heater was doing her preparation for the upcoming fall semester and new school year, when a man named Mr. Broome (some say he was a disabled janitor, while others say he worked on the farm nearby) went off the deep end and stabbed Mrs. Heater...many times (or so the legends say). She was found in one of the furthest, most unused bathrooms on the high school's first floor (the school is two stories now but back then was only one floor).

When I was in ninth grade, my English teacher, Mrs. Williams (for privacy purposes this is a made-up name) told us about Mrs. Heater's untimely and terrifying murder back in the 80's. There is even talk that the man was released from either prison or a mental facility, as he claimed insanity to the charges. As a side note, I do not have any hard physical documentation on any of these events, so this is going off of what my teacher's story told and also what my mother and others have told me about Mrs. Heater's murder.

Anyway, many students claim to feel a presence while in the same bathroom that Mrs. Heater breathed her last breath. Some teachers claim to hear phantom footsteps in the hallways or hear doors slamming with no one behind them. I have been inside that very bathroom and before even hearing the story of Mrs. Heater found it to contain quite a creepy and unsettling energy within it's walls. Whether Mrs. Heater's ghost walks the hallways where her life ended is unknown but definitely speculated. Other theories of the ghostly sounds and feelings attribute the nearby, long-gone Native Americans' lands...lands on which the Natives fought for their lives and lost their lives. Or perhaps the presence in Chopticon's west hallways is merely a left-over energy of the tragedy that occurred there over twenty years ago.

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10. Epsom Red Schoolhouse

There is a little red schoolhouse located in Epsom, New Hampshire that is the center of much speculation and legend. Many people in the area say that it was once a place where twelve children attended school but were abused by the teacher and eventually killed before they could report his abusive ways. No one has found documented proof that a tragic event such as this ever took place here, but there has been many paranormal experiences here that have been documented.

A ghost quest team did do an investigation of this quaint little building and recorded three EVPs (which can be listened to by going to their website here: http://www.nhtourguide.com/tripreports/haunted_schoolhouse_epsom_nh.htm). Pretty creepy stuff! They also took many pictures in which a large amount of orbs were caught on film. There is definitely paranormal activity going on in this little red schoolhouse and I wouldn't go wandering in there any night of the week!

Written and copyrighted © by Kitty the Dreamer (May Canfield), 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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    cstud23 2 years ago

    There is some flaws on Lambertville high school. The Reason school closed down in the late 50's because of the regional schools opening up which meant that most of these small local high schools had to close down. So the school just sat abandon for forty years until the second fire in the early 90's. From that point on, the building was just a shell of its former self. However, I read an article about the town breaking down the former school building and turning it into a retirement home. I think what was cool about the article is that married couple who were in the last graduating class at lambertville will be living in the building were the school once stood.

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    Zachary Brown 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Interesting Hub! Thanks for posting. I have recently been compiling a list of haunted places to explore in my area and I came across your Hub.

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    Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    What an interesting read! I've heard the places that are most haunted are where innocent blood was shed.

    Something haunting about the state of Georgia? It's probably because Savannah is the third most haunted city in America behind St. Augustine, FL and Salem, MA. But supposedly, Savannah was the first to learn how to make money off their ghosts! Ghost tours are very popular in Savannah.

    Still, I've been told much of the south is unhaunted because of the evangelical influence of the Bible Belt making roaming spirits unwelcome. But with so much innocent blood shed throughout history, I think the ghosts persist.

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    Very creepy!

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    kodie 3 years ago

    Grant if you have friends in band or are in band when you stay the night in the school you can hear footsteps going past the band room and also if you go up the stairs by the library the girls bathroom to the right is haunted glad i moved from there

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    FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

    Frightening and perfect for Halloween. You've done your research on this! Voted up and more!

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    Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

    This was a fun hub to read, I always love reading about ghost stories.

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    Grant 4 years ago

    I go to chopticon high school , what bathroom is it exactly? I would like to know becuase in one of the bathrooms I get the same feeling..

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    PRISCILLA 4 years ago

    My name is priscilla f, and i do believe that it is haunted

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    Aby 4 years ago

    Loved what was out there.

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    Okay thanks for reading.

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    I live in that house 4 years ago

    I am the new owner in the hillside dorm in SOPO and there is nothing scary in that house. It's just old and has an odd history. THAT IS ALL.

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    matthew - Awesome, thanks!

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    matthew 4 years ago

    i go to cohhier lipe middle school

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    marie 5 years ago

    I went to corriher lips middle and back in the 1940s it was an elementary school for black children. And the summer before my 7th grade year a boydied on the steps going up to 8th grade hallway

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    GodsGurl 5 years ago

    Oh wow. My school is on there... Creeeeepy!

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    You got it, Ghost Conference!

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    Ghost Conference 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

    What a wonderful and thorough article. I'd love to know if there are haunted schools on the west coast too. :)

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Thank you, Rusti and cbella. :)

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    cbella229 5 years ago

    This is a fascinating subject and I found that your research presented incidents I had not heard before ... Thanks; great job!

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    Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    I was riveted by your article. It was so interesting. Great job.voted up

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    mcasperp@aol.com 5 years ago

    I told you something yesterday about the Corriher-Lipe Landis NC school ghost. Could I please get a reply about who Larry is supposed to be? I was there I saw what happened.Please advise

    Thank you

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    Myra Patterson 5 years ago

    You need to make a correction about the Corriher-Lipe Landis NC ghost. The Black gentleman's name was not Larry. His name Was J.C. Smith

    Thank you

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    jasper420 5 years ago

    very interesting!!! Nicley done

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    mpayne2112 5 years ago

    EM - this story is not false, however Lester is in Jessup prison for life. he did not break out of some insane institution. My brother and I were at the school that day. We lived at the intersection of Morganza Turner Road. We use to always walk up to the school and play around on the high jump pads down on the football field. Of course we did not find out about the murder until the next day. We also played drums in a little drum corp that would do parades in the county. Lester Broom was the drum major for a brief time. It is interesting how my brother and I use to talk to him and yes his IQ was a little low, but he was nice to us. We were pretty shocked to hear what he had done. No one deserves to die that way. At the time, Mr. Heater was also pregnant as well. The husband later tried to sue the county school board for $9 million dollars, but not sure how that turned out. It is a sad story and unfortunately, it is true...

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    Hailey 5 years ago

    I was in the auditorium and my friend told me that there was a ghost story about chopticon, now I believe her

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    Gabrielle 5 years ago

    Hello I’m Gabrielle. Not everything about the story of Mrs. Heater at Chopticon High School is there. It was the end of the day and everyone had already been home. Mrs. Heater was a very tough teacher and she would yell at a lot of kids. A janitor did not kill her. This boy was mental that she had yelled at one day for being in the hall. So the mental boy waited till everyone was out of the school and followed her into the bathroom and brutally murdered her. The bathroom that she was murdered at is now a janitor’s closet they say. They say that you can hear her footsteps in the staircases and in the hallway when class is in session. They also say that she likes to hang out upstairs because it wasn’t there at the time.

    A big group of my friends and I were sitting in class one day. We were in the far top right of the building in the middle of class. Out of nowhere we can all hear heels in the distance walking in the hallway, and we didn’t think of anything because we were just like “oh someone is just walking by”. The all of the sudden it started to get cold, As soon as you know it the heels INSTANTLY get louder and is walking on the left side of ALL of us. Perfect steps, loud, crisp, and right beside us with no one standing there. The sound walks in a perfect 90 degree angle around us and just stops. Then we were all freaking out saying how it had to be her! Right after we said that the foot steps picked off from right where they had stopped and walked all the way back around us and off into the distance again. It was scary and you had to be there. I wouldn’t even walk into that school by myself if someone had paid me.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Kirsten - Wow! I should've let you write the article since you're so knowledged on the topic, hmm? Thanks for sharing your kindness with us and the world!

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    Kirsten 5 years ago

    Did you do any research at all? I went to Chopticon when this all occurred and your facts are only about 30% true. It was the summer. It was Mrs. Heater (Beverly was her first name). Sadly, it's true that she was pregnant when the murder happened. However, the school wasn't one story. It was never one story. The murder was on the second floor, not the first. Mrs. Heater was a business teacher, not an English teacher. And, most importantly, it wasn't Mr. Broome. It was a kid from the boys group home down the road. It's pretty awful that you would make an accusation about an innocent man when the story is so easy to fact-check.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Roberta - That email is legitimate. What email will you be emailing from so I know not to erase it?

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    Roberta Helling 5 years ago

    Hi Kitty,

    I need to email you with a query concerning paranormal activity which is too long to go into on this page - I see on your hub page you have listed - colie_1385@yahoo.com - I will try this - thank you! If this is not correct could you send another contact? Thank you for your time.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Blake - Is that you brother?

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Gene - Thank you for pointing out the background to Lester Broom. I didn't know that that building had burned down.

    AdalaineFrost - Thanks, Mama! And I agree...it happens more than people realize. I've sort of always been sensitive to it...just didn't want to admit it to myself until recently.

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    AdalaineFrost 5 years ago

    Class of '84 Chopticon. I'm kittythedreamers mom. This story is true. I believe it happened the summer of '83. To date, that bathroom is non-existant due to renovations over the years. I am a believer that when someone meets an untimely death and since this murder was so gruesome that energy is imprinted. Awesome read Kitty!

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    Gene E. Yus 5 years ago

    Lester Broom lived in the Lorreta House for troubled youths in Chaptico which has since burned down.

    Broome is still in a Maryland jail.

    (Mrs. Heater always harrassed me for a hall pass.)

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    83 chs - I agree, very sad and he should stay in jail forever. I do also hope that her spirit is at rest and the ghost that haunts Chopticon is in fact someone else!

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    83 chs 5 years ago

    That was a very sad day I knew both teacher I hope lester never gets out jail!

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Steph, KN, and Braves - Thank you all for reading and adding to the discussion. GO CHOPTICON. :)

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    Braves 5 years ago

    Story is true. I knew Mrs. Heater she was a really nice teacher. I graduated in 80 and was in the USAF when I heard of this tragedy. The school was 2 stories since at least 1979 that I know of. Mr. Jester was also there in 1979 and 80 when I was there. I was told that Lester actually was looking for revenge because she did not give him a passing grade earlier on. Whether or not he was insane is/was irrelevant to the actions involved now. I hope he rot's in jail for eternity.

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    kn 5 years ago

    Michelle and Class of 82 are correct. My mom worked at the school and was there that day

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    Steph 5 years ago

    Wow ...this is going all over Facebook. You have caught the chopticon alumni's attention. Awesome article.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Em - I assure you, it's not a made-up story. My sister went to school with Mrs. Heater's son. It's not an urban legend, unfortunately.

    Class of 1982 - Wow. What an unbelievable way to die. Such a truly gut-wrenching story to hear. And to think that you knew them both personally, I'm sorry that you had to deal with that. Thank you so much for sharing your side of the story with us, as most people say Broome was mentally handicapped, which you are stating is not true. I hope he rots in jail. Thank you also for dropping a flower on her grave, that is so honorable.

    1985 #2 - Again, thank you for sharing. These stories are wonderful in that they draw us all together.

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    1985 #2 5 years ago

    Chopticon was two stories long before the tragedy of Mrs. Heater. Mrs. Heater's classroom was on the 2nd floor beside the school store. I was a business student and knew her. She was a great teacher and sorely missed. May she rest in peace.

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    class of 1982 5 years ago

    Mr. Broome's first name was Lester, you can search his name and see his conviction record on the "maryland judiciary case search" website.

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    Class of 1982 5 years ago

    I graduated from Chopticon, which is right down the street from my house in 1982. This event occurred the summer after I graduated. Mrs. Heater was a business teacher, and also ran the book store. She was in her classroom making plans for the upcoming school year, when she was approached by Broome. He had a very low IQ, but by know means mentally handicapped. My husband and I used to pick him up hitchhiking, and let him ride in the back of our pick-up truck. He was staying in a pre-release unit, and got out during the day to work, and was cutting the grass at the school that day. Two staff members were inside, Mrs. Heater, and the band director Mr. Jester, with his classroom being on the first floor far away from Ms. Heater's classroom, which was upstairs. He apparently came up from behind, startled her and stabbed her, then drug her body down the hall into the remote bathroom, putting her up in the ceiling. I also work with the arresting officer in this case, who gave me more details than originally came out in the press. She was stabbed multiple times. Before Mr. Jester left for the day, he went to tell Ms. Heater he was leaving, and would lock up. He walked into her classroom, and followed the trail of blood until he located her. Mr. Broome was tried as a competent adult, the insanity defense his attorney's were going for did not fly, and is still in jail to this day. Ms. Heater is buried very close by my mother, and I still drop a flower on her grave whenever I go there.

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    Em 5 years ago

    About the chopticon story my husband went there. I am from the border county, however, does no one notice that the names are heater and broome?!?! This story is completely false.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    1985 - I hope that this isn't the case for poor Mrs. Heater. Such a sad sad story. I'm sure she's in a better place though. Blessings to her family.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    PennState07 - Awesome, glad you could read some new stories about both!

    jkte - I'm sorry to hear that.

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    1985 5 years ago

    I also attended Chopticon, and graduated in 1985. The story, as I understand it, was that Broome was working there during the summer as part of some work release program from a school that housed troubled/mentally disabled youths. I believe this institution was located near a Catholic Church in Chaptico. Also, from the information that I recall, Broome also raped Mrs. Heater before he murdered her. I remember seeing her husband not long after the incident and he never said a word. Later found out that he was on his way to the St. Mary's Co. jail to kill Broome. He never accomplished this task as he was stopped before making it to the jail. R.I.P. Mrs. Heater

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    jkte 5 years ago

    I went to chopticon high school and I only knew of this story only because I was friends with mrs. Heater's son.

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    PennState07 5 years ago

    I went to both Chopticon and Penn State. I had heard the Chopticon story but some of the Penn State stories are new! Thanks for sharing!

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    michelle - Thanks for reading.

    jamie - I didn't know that...and I was going to school there those years.

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    jamie 5 years ago

    there was another teacher who died in those hall (Chopticon) ways i believe it was the summer before the 1998-99 school year i remember it was a sunday and he fell in the stairwell he was a geometry teacher

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    Michelle 5 years ago

    I went to Chopticon also, this is the first I've heard of this story...crazy!

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    winefairy - Yes, it is weird. And so sad. Thanks.

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    winefairy 5 years ago

    i went to chopticon and went to margarent brent middle and then to white marsh elementary. ive never heard of Mrs.Heat. weird.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    plogerjb - Yes, I'm sure you're much safer there! Unless Virginia Tech is haunted, too... :)

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    plogerjb 6 years ago

    Also a Chopticon graduate.... class of 2008. Had no idea until just now about all that... crazy. It's okay, I'm at Virginia Tech now, way safer... haha

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Chelsea - The reason Chopticon was included on this list is because I graduated from Chopticon myself! What year did you graduate?

    ChSalum - Thanks for the link, awesome resource!

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    Chelsea 6 years ago

    I attended Chopticon High School, and have lived in the area my entire life. When I first went to school, after hearing rumors of a teacher who got killed there, I decided to do some research myself. I compiled the story from some reliable online news sources. I was always creeped out whenever I had to be alone in the school (for numerous extra-curricular activities and such) especially on the second floor, and I once went to the bathroom where Mrs. Beverly Heater was apparently killed. It has a sort of "wrongness," about it, if anything. Just a very unsettling feeling, even upon just seeing it. Her spirit is also blamed for strange footsteps and sounds heard in the high school theatre as well. I knew all this, but I was still shocked to find out that Chopticon had made it on a list considering the entire East Coast.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    KitKat - I'd never heard of the Academy of Richmond being haunted. Very intriguing! I think a lot of times ghosts are friendly and perhaps they even enjoy the company of the living. I don't know that I'd enjoy being there at night, though. I'm sort of a BIG chicken when it comes right down to it. Thanks for sharing your story!

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    Kitkat 6 years ago

    I go to Augusta State University. they're missing the soldier who supposedly haunts the cemetery. haven't seen it but i've heard about it! i'm hoping to be able to check all that out one day for fun. grab a few people and get permission to go.

    The Academy of Richmond County (the oldest established high school in America) has a ghost that haunts the auditorium. ok she doesn't haunt it. but she's there. i've been able to catch her in the form of orbs before. in my opinion she's able to calm people. she's comedic as well cause occasionally she'll mess with the speaker system on the first floor of the school. she primarily stays in the balcony and you can feel a cold spot up there which is her way of letting us know she's there. people get freaked out when they realize she's there. but that was a part of the school i missed when i left. i know my chorus teacher loves her there. she adds flavor to the school. and being at that school at night? ha. soo fun. literally. you hear footsteps and you can see things in ur peripheral vision. perhaps she's having a party?

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Michelle - Wow. Thanks so much for sharing that information about Mrs. Heater's death. Such a sad coincidence and the memory of it or possibly energy still haunts the hallways now. So he was a janitor then? How sick. I hope she's at peace now...

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    Michelle 6 years ago

    I was at Chopticon back in 1984 when Mrs. Heater was murdered. We had field hockey camp that day. Mrs. Heater was killed during the day by Lester Broome who did go to Chopticon but was in and out of trouble all the time. I have never heard that she was pregnant but she did have 2 small children at the time. The creepy part was Lester was out in the lobby talking to all of us as we waited for a ride home from camp. I remember that he drew a Van Halen symbol for my friend Kris. Lester hid his bloody overall janitor suit and the knife in a ceiling tile in the bathroom on the second floor by the bookstore, that is the bathroom he killed Mrs. Heater in. Chopticon did have 2 floors then.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Husky1970 - Thanks so much! I had to do some digging for most of these while some of them I have heard stories about in my personal life. I have had paranormal experiences personally and also write about those. :) Thanks for reading.

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    Husky1970 6 years ago

    Wow, I have absolutely no idea how you came up with this list but I found it fascinating. What a great hub! Paranormal activity is extremely interesting, especially when told to you by a person who experienced it.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    That is too too cool! Sounds like you live in a very fascinating home! I wish I could live in a place with such rich history and mystery! The ghosts don't bother you right? I'm sure they're not there to scare you, they are probably just going about their business as if you're not even there! Did that paranormal group post any of their findings online? I'd love to read about it! Let me know and thanks for sharing your story with us.

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    Softstone41 6 years ago

    Hi,

    Yes I looked back into the history of the house. I believe it was one of the first mayors of South Portland, it was a doctors office, a lodge of sorts during WWII, and later on became a home for aged woman then finally a dorm. This is all rather new to me and I do not fully get it but I know they can answer questions, speak out loud and know our names. I have only seen two of them but they look like normal people. There was a paranormal group who went through the house a couple of years ago, there are recordings on the web from that. Maine paranormal or something like that.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Wow! That is interesting, softstone. So you bought a dorm from the college, hmmm? I love it! I'm sure these experiences are more common than you could ever imagine! While I have never seen a ghost (I've seen shadow people) I do believe that others can.

    Again - have you ever done research on this dorm?

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    softstone41 6 years ago

    Hi,

    I do know that a whole big neighborhood was moved around WWII to make a naval shipyard. There were houses, schools and I imagine grave yards. I am not sure that leads to anything. I do know that 4 or 5 of my neighbors that I have met have ghosts in their house. I bought the old Hillside Dorm from the college. I didn't know it at the time but it came with a few residents that didn't want to move out. There seems to be a grumpy guy, a couple of woman and a child around the age of 10ish in the house. I think there must be some huge amount of energy in the area as I can see them, hear them and they move stuff around. I am not sure if this is common.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Not much at all...but on purpose. I don't find this neighborhood that interesting. It's just a mid-century floridian middle class neighborhood...nothing out of the ordinary for florida. i guess i could do some research now that you mention it! :)

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    Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

    WAIT... What do you know about your neighborhood???

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Also, to your other comment softstone41 - have you ever done research on your neighborhood or the city of portland? maybe there are some rich histories or tragic stories in the area where these hauntings seem to occur the most? i've always found a LOT about the areas that i live in just by doing a little digging on the internet. research the establishment of portland and the different areas...i'm sure you'll find something that will give you a hint as to why these areas have such high paranormal activity. as to your question about how one becomes a ghost? i have no idea! the theory behind it is that ghosts tend to be souls that are clinging to something from the earthly life...whether it be a home or a person or even an object. sometimes ghosts are theorized to have been victims of tragic deaths wherein they do not even realize that they are dead or are confused as to where to go next.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    LeeLee - I would LOVE to see those pictures! Send them to me when you can - colie_1385@yahoo.com. Are you on twitter, by the way? Hey, I don't think you're crazy, I think you're more sane and in tune with the universe than most people are! I'm so happy to have met you on here...it's wonderful to know that there are other people that have had similar experiences to me, that I'm not the only one! I haven't seen any shadow people in awhile, though. And I don't necessarily like them...they're sort of creepy to me. I know they're not evil but they're creepy nonetheless.

    As for the graveyard near my house, no none that I can think of! We have a park, a police department and city hall and a quiet middle class neighborhood...that's about it! Now back at my home in Maryland, there was two or three random graves hidden far back in the woods behind my house...not sure who was there as I could never find them though my stepdad told me that they were there. Why the fascination with graveyards? Do tell me more!

    Hi, softstone41! nice to meet you! Please tell me more about your haunting in portland. There are many reasons for hauntings, so i'd like to hear some details. What are your experiences in your home like? Do you hear, see, smell or feel things?

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    Softstone41 6 years ago

    Hi,

    Can I pose this question. Could there be something about a neighborhood, or down that would make paranormal activity more likely. On the flip side, and on an odd note, could that same energy make you more likely to become a spirit if you died.

    South Portland Maine seems to be one of those hot spots.

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    Softstone41 6 years ago

    Hi,

    I live in South Portland and it seem almost every house is haunted there. Mine is very haunted. Can anyone speculate why this is?

    Softstone41

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    Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

    Yes... I see shadow people all the time... I have pictures that I told this other hubber she needs to see. I took them in my backyard one night and at the graveyard I love. When I took the pics my daughter was with me. At midnight is when we looked at them. I have to send them to you. What we took a pictures of is NOT what we got back... Vey cool. My daughter shall I say is in training. I have been working very closely with her because I had to be scared half to death all those years ago and seek answers from anyone that would listen to my stories. Do you know how many people to this day probably think I am crazy?? LOL... Too many! Look at your shadow people... They change often. Are you near a graveyard? You are... Tell me about it. Is it old? Have you wandered in in? You have. Oldest grave you saw? Late 17 or early 1800's?

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Mrs. JB - Oh, you're right! I see a face there! Wow...I never would've noticed that. Are you sensitive to spirits? Glad you enjoyed this hub, too. I always enjoy your comments. You're an interesting woman!

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    Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

    12:22 okay As I was going back to read your hub I hit the arrow button going back, well I would go back then go forward without my help.. Then I was on pic 2 going back to read the hub and out of nowhere I was now on pic 5 hit back arrow again now completely off the hub page totally and back at your profile 12:14 OKAY... Weird? No and Yes. I was right about Hillside Dorm. I knew that place was very very very dark and creepy. Tampa Bay Hotel loaded with ghosts. Some I will say Urban Legend... Great Hub... LOVED IT!!!

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    Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

    Midnight. I have not read anything yet but I did look at all the pics... Benet House-First Floor, Thomas Hall, Hillside Dorm has many secrets, Tampa Bay Hotel 1898-The picture says it all. Old Main-Look in each window, Under the pic that says 22 ohotos you can see a young males face, The second story on the part to the right-Look in the top window facing the street.. I will be back after I read your hub. Oh I voted up when I voted in was 2 1 4 1

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    Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

    I agree about Ghost Adventures, they are over the top, I have to laugh at them! Give Celebrity Ghost stories another try. Some of them are really quite touching and 100% believable.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    cool, alastar!

    fossillady - i think i might have seen one episode of the celebrity ghost stories...not sure if i liked it, but i can always give it another shot! thanks for the suggestion! you know what show i watched the other night that i thought was super fake? ghost adventures...absolutely ludicrous! those guys do not experience any of those things that they are acting like they're experiencing...and i know for a fact that if you go looking for ghosts they don't normally just pop out and say boo! it's usually when you're not expecting them, they appear or come around.

    thank you everyone!

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    Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

    Wow, you dug up a lot of hauntings. Do you ever watch Celebrity Ghost Stories on the Biography channel? I think you would like it. There are some amazing stories of hauntings and or visits from loved ones who have passed. Great write up jkittydreamer!

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    Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

    It's the town in the Corriher Lipe story.:)

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    i enjoyed learning about these schools...i've even learned things about my own high school's haunting that i didn't know before! it is sad when vandals ruin perfectly intriguing pieces of history and paranormal legend. thanks so much!

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    Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

    Great hub....I really enjoyed reading about the ten schools listed.....very fascinating stuff....too bad vandals have caused #10 so much trouble...voted up

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    i grew up in maryland but yes now live in the south.

    thanks for following, although i'm not sure where landis is...and i probably should?! :)

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    Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

    The story's were unique and the research as I said superb. Kitty I thought you lived in the south seas..lol. Also meant to mention that I lived close to Landis once. Yours k

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    cindy - is this the cindy that i think it is? anyway, hello! thank you for bringing that information about chopticon and mrs. heater to light...though it is even more tragic now that i know she was pregnant. very sad, indeed.

    alastar - once again thanks for the awesome compliments. i wanted to put together a hub of hauntings that were significant and unique...unlike many that i have read on hubpages...so i did a lot of digging and found some pretty intriguing haunting tales! my favorites have to be matthew whaley elementary school and also penn state...and of course chopticon because that is where i graduated from! toodles. have a great weekend.

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    Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

    Kitty this is another superb and fascinating article you've done on the paranormal.I've never read about these before.The first one let me know this was going to be a treat, and they all were. Great research and a super hub! I especially liked Lambertville and Augusta.

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    Cindy 6 years ago

    Hi, Kitty!

    About Chopticon ... sadly, Mrs. Heater was pregnant at the time of the murder. And, Mr. Broome was a janitor, but I think he was mentally disabled not physically disabled.

    Cindy

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    hi aslanlight! nice to hear from you again. glad you enjoyed it, i'm a fanatic for the paranormal..especially good ghost stories. wow, that actually happened to you? spooky and intriguing! maybe the local inn has a thick history...you should look into that and let me know. ;) - kitty

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    aslanlight 6 years ago from England

    Fascinating reading! Not long ago I was in the local Inn. A glass on the bar flew off and smashed on the floor but no one was anywhere near it. The Inn is thatched and extremely old.

    When I asked the bar maid said things like that have occured before.