The haunting of Stevens Hall
Some say Ted Bundy murdered the girl, but at the time Bundy was only 14 and it was later proven he was not responsible for this murder. Residents of Stevens Hall, especially those who live in the basement, often complain of strange noises, doors opening, screams and other spooky occurrences.
Railroad Sam of Orton Hall
Spooky Noises in Regents Hall
In the ‘70s, parents of a Regents Hall resident were waiting in the lobby for their daughter. She was graduating, and after waiting for a while the parents began to worry. They found an RA who let them into her room, where she had hung herself by the rod in her closet. The parents never knew why she committed suicide.
Regents residents claim their doors open for no reason and closets open and shut at random. They say she still wanders Regents in the night and there was a sighting of the girl in the mid ‘70s.
Why Don’t the Doors on the Second Floor of Streit Hall Close Properly? *
In the ‘80s, there was a knock at the door of a second-floor room in Streit Hall. The woman resident answered her door and saw her roommate’s ex-boyfriend standing at the door with four sticks of dynamite strapped to his chest. The man told the resident that if his girlfriend would not go home with him for spring break then she would never go anywhere again. The woman went to find her roommate and called the police.
The police and fire department arrived at the scene and tried to talk the man out of igniting the dynamite. The man set it off anyway and blew out an entire wall of Streit Hall. The doors on the second floor still do not close properly. The man was killed, but no one else was seriously injured.
People have seen a ghost in Streit on several occasions; they say it is the ghost of the man still searching for his girlfriend.
* Editor's note: Bob Tattershall, WSU's director of housing, says: "Fyi, the bomb went off on Perham 5 and the doors close fine (I was just up there and checked)."
The Black Cat of Stevens Hall
In the early 1900s, Stevens Hall was the social hub at WSU. Students would gather at Stevens for dances, teas and story readings. The story readings were popular with many students and it was a tradition for Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat,” to be read on Halloween. The reading of that story turned into a rumor that there was a black cat who roamed the halls of Stevens on Halloween, and wherever the cat went bad things happened. One Halloween a black cat was seen sitting outside the house mother’s door, but everyone thought it was the men’s hall playing a prank. That night when the women of Stevens went to get the house mother for the story reading, as they opened her door, they found she was dead. Doctors said she died of natural causes, but many still think it was the black cat.
Stories compiled courtesy of Rosy Larkin, custodian in Stevens Hall, Richard Kayser, custodian in Regents Hall, stories from residents and Evergreen archives.
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