Haunted Universities: Indiana University Bloomington

Haunted Universities: Indiana University Bloomington

October 12, 2019 28 By Stanley Isaacs


Welcome back strangers. Indiana University Bloomington is the flagship
institution of the Indiana University system. It was founded in 1820 originally as the state
seminary. Today it is a public research university with
over 40,000 students. It is considered to be one of the top public
universities in the United States, and one of the most haunted schools in the country. Today we are going to discuss the legends,
hauntings, and tragedies behind the limestone walls of this iconic campus. The Career Development Center building on
campus was previously home of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. Before moving out, numerous fraternity brothers
reported hearing babies crying and women screaming in the middle of the night. Some even witnessed strange apparitions appearing
and disappearing in the halls. According to campus legend, the building sits
on the site of the original student health center that was known to have a doctor who
performed illegal abortions for extra money on the side. He preyed on women who had nowhere else to
go in the guise of helping them. However, this happened in the early 1900’s
and the doctor’s methods were far from safe or sanitary. The women’s screams heard in the old frat
house is thought to be that of those poor unfortunate women who were his patients. The greedy doctor performed so many abortions
that he had to hide the fetuses in the walls and under the floors of the building so no
one would find the evidence of his despicable deeds. His crimes were not discovered, until after
the doctor committed suicide. Before committing his final unthinkable act,
he claimed to be plagued by the constant sound of crying coming from the walls and floor
of the health center. These were the same unexplained sounds that
would wake the fraternity brothers in the night decades later. Read Hall is home to several restless spirits. An apparition of a woman wearing a yellow
gown with long black hair is most often seen returning to a room on the third floor. Her boyfriend was a medical student at the
school and was known to have a temper. He would often take out his own his own frustrations
and shortcomings on her. She excelled in school while he struggled. During one of these quarrels his temper got
the best of him and he stabbed her in a fit of a rage in the throat with a scalpel. He stood over her and watched her bleed out. He dragged her bloody body to a tunnel in
the basement of the building and successfully hid the corpse without being seen. He was unstable and became emotional. He confessed to the crime when questioned
by the police about his girlfriend’s disappearance. Justice prevailed, but her spirit has been
repeating the events of that night slowly returning to the room where she lost her life. That’s not the only tragedy that of Read
Hall. The building is haunted by a banshee which
is said to be the lingering spirit of Paula, a former R.A. on the 6th floor. Paula couldn’t manage the stress of school
and her job as a R.A. She began having panic attacks until it was
too much for her to take. During finals week, in a moment overcome with
anxiety and stress, she committed suicide by throwing herself down the stairs. Every year since, on December 12th the anniversary
of her death, students report hearing Paula’s screams in the stairwell. Echoing throughout time as a haunting reminder
of what people can do when overcome with stress and anxiety. Most university have a haunted library on
campus, and the Lilly Library is no exception. The library is a resource for scholars throughout
the world because of its rare collection of books and manuscripts that have been donated
to the university. Many believe that the strange occurrences
that happen in the library are the deceased donors checking on their prized collections. Others think that some of the old books may
be haunted by past owners or other unknown entities. The library is open to anyone interested in
seeing the famous collections on display but be careful, you never know what else you might
encounter in the library. Visitors report seeing apparitions, hearing
unexplained noises, cold spots throughout the building, and books that appear to move
or fall on their own. The Indiana Memorial Union is the centerpiece
of campus, where students can take a break, relax, get a bite to eat, and even watch a
movie or bowl. The student union is over 500,000 square feet. It is massive, yet some students still can’t
find a way to escape the stress of their studies. Over the years, the upper levels of the building
have been a favorite place for students to commit suicide by jumping from the building. Death hasn’t allowed these unfortunate students
to escape their problems. Instead, they are stuck roaming the building
and its grounds for eternity. Their ghosts are often seen wandering through
the building keeping to themselves, before vanishing. They appear to be worried, like they are still
contemplating their final decision. You may also see or be approached by a friendly
phantom dog in the building. This friendly but long dead pup was murdered
by students near the building. Now, he seems to enjoy lingering around the
building and surprising unsuspecting students. The most infamous ghost on campus is “The
Woman in Black” who began appearing in 1911. She is usually seen around East Third Street
and the Dunn Cemetery. She is a hostile spirit and will chase students
back to their dorms if she sees them wandering alone outside at night. She is believed to be the ghost of Agnes Dunn
who tended to soldiers during the civil war before she passed away. The Dunn Family owned a large farm in Bloomington
in the 1800’s. Most of their land became the part of the
campus of Indiana University as the school continued to grow. The one condition the family had for donating
their land was that the Dunn Cemetery must not be moved or disturbed so that the family’s
remains would remain together untouched. The cemetery is known to have several spirits
that are very active between midnight and the end of the witching hour. However, none of them leave the cemetery like
the Woman in Black. What would you do if you encountered the Woman
in Black? It is said she is the least hostile when she
appears in the Dunn cemetery where she is often witnessed moving from grave to grave
still trying to tend to the fallen soldiers. The IU Auditorium is reportedly haunted by
a construction worker who was a victim of one of the many accidents that occurred when
the building was built. He fell from the banisters and died, leaving
behind a huge pool of blood on the newly built stage. The blood stain remains to this day, despite
years of cleanings and new floors. The stain always seeps through. The construction worker likes to play tricks
and taunt students in the auditorium. He will flicker the lights, and sometimes
try to cause people to trip. The Folklore Institute on campus is said to
be haunted by a former department head. Staff in the building report seeing apparitions,
items moving, and things knocked over in their offices. These strange events are worse at night when
the staff are alone and working late. The upstairs of the building has the most
activity. The Folklore Departments accept these encounters
and the legends around the campus to be a reflection of college life. They are manifestations of the minds of those
trying deal with anxiety, searching for proper work life balance, and the uncertainty of
life after school. Thanks for watching strangers. Is your university haunted? Let us know your stories in the comments below
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