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The University of South Carolina is said to be haunted by quite a few spirits. The library is said to be visited by former President McKissick, and ghostly soldiers and a spectral woman with long dark hair have been spotted at the DeSaussure College building. The woman is believed to be the daughter of the military’s Dr. Black, who was murdered by a group of soldiers. Shortly after that, the doctor’s daughter poisoned the guilty soldiers with wine, and drank some of the poisoned wine herself.
The 1855 Longstreet Theatre, used in the past as a Civil War morgue, is also believed to be a hot spot for paranormal activity.

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University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC
United States

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33.996112, -81.02742760000001
Richland County, South Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Columbia, SC (0.5 mi.)
West Columbia, SC (2.7 mi.)
Forest Acres, SC (2.7 mi.)
Cayce, SC (3.4 mi.)
Springdale, SC (5.3 mi.)
Arcadia Lakes, SC (5.5 mi.)
Saint Andrews, SC (5.7 mi.)
Dentsville, SC (6.1 mi.)
Oak Grove, SC (6.7 mi.)
Saint Andrews, SC (6.8 mi.)

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  1. I lived in one the dorms on the Horseshoe in the early 80s. I can attest to ghost activity there and in the park in the middle of the Horseshoe. Voices, footsteps, apparitions, even being physically harassed. It started out mild enough with voices, but gradually escalated over a 2 year period. The last semester I spent there was enough. The activity became frequent and so obvious that it couldn’t be brushed off by coming up with logical explanations, especially when other people started having experiences. I moved out after that. I was young at the time and didn’t know how to handle it, so it was time to move on.

  2. I experienced a sighting while living in Bates West dormitory. My roommates were always terrified of being in our room alone or taking a shower when no other roommate was present. I never knew this until I said it felt like someone was watching me when I was in the shower. One evening I was sitting watching a show while my ex-boyfriend’s little cousin was over visiting with me. As I was watching T.V. there was a tall slender male wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt walk to the back hall towards the bedrooms. I did not mention anything to my ex’ s little cousin. She looked at me and said, “Who was that guy walking down the hall.” I replied, “Oh you seen him too?” I told my roommates what happened and they were so terrified. They told me of their fears in the apartment. I was accustomed to witnessing things that others could not see or feel since I was a child. I tried for years to google and research the history of tragedies or incidents that may have occurred for years to no avail. This incident occurred in the late 90’s and I still remember what I had seen.

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