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Lingering spirits are many at this university! Bayliss Hall, room 1117, is haunted by a former occupant who delivered a baby in secret, threw it down the trash chute, then hung herself in the closet. Cries and moans can be heard in her room. In room 501, a severely depressed student also hung herself in the closet. Flickering lights, strange sounds, and cold spots have been witnessed here. In Simpkins Hall, a janitor is said to haunt the 3rd floor, and a little girl ghost roams the 1st. She may ask passersby if they want to play. In Tanner Hall, the ghost of a young man who fell down the elevator shaft in 1972 has been seen haunting the 12th floor. In Thompson Hall, room 931, residents have experienced banging and knocking on the walls, ceiling, doors, and window. In Washington Hall, room 1217, a distraught girl committed suicide after fighting with her boyfriend, and was found 2 days later. Her ghost has been seen near her room and around the elevator. The telephone has been known to ring in her room when no one is on the line. According to the stories, it’s her boyfriend trying to get in touch.

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1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
United States

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40.46258400000001, -90.681757
McDonough County, Illinois
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  1. Bayliss Hall 11th floor bathroom. My roommate was taking a shower and all of a sudden the door mysteriously opened after being locked and stepped away from.

  2. Laying in bed I took two snap chats only seconds apart. There is a figure behind me in the first and not in the second. Henninger hall 9th floor.

  3. I am a grad student who works in Simpkins and have an office there. While I am a skeptic, I’ve seen dark shadows across a ceiling light and other sightings, even when I was with others. My friend is a custodian in the building and reports full-body apparitions of the little girl.

  4. I have an EMF meter I heard about the ghost stories in Simpkins did not believe them. One day before a 8am English class I was siting on the bench outside of class on the 1st floor, turn on my EMF meter went to the left nothing turn to the right and I got a really high spike follow by a cool breeze going from right to left.

  5. tanner hall floor 5 supposedly haunted by boy who overdosed on painkillers. things have been moved, lights flicker, and shadows move when you walk down the hall

  6. Living previously on Tanner 12th, I never felt anything. But I did have an hour break every day where I would sit on the third floor in Simpkins hall, and I remember always hearing keys jingling and footsteps when no one was around. Definitely made sense after I found this article.

  7. I am a skeptic, but the time I spent in 1031 Thompson hall made me reconsider. My roommate had a light that would randomly turn on around 3 a.m some nights and my bed was against the wall that was shared with the locked storage room next door I would hear movement in there at night. Also, one night my roommate woke me up to tell me she was leaving the room because the light came on and she was scared and I thought I saw a dark shadow passing over me on the ceiling.

  8. I was a Theatre major and did several shows in the “Studio Theatre” on Simpkins’ 3rd floor. One night after a performance, I was the last to leave the space, making sure all lights were out, save the glow of the exit signs in the theatre. I walked from the stage up to the back of the house and heard something down toward the stage, almost a soft scraping sound. As I turned and focused on the origin of the noise, I noticed one of the double doors adjacent to stage right had opened and was slowly closing again. Both doors were closed when I initially walked through the house less than a minute earlier. While the acting space has been renovated a bit since the late 80s, the double doors to each side of the stage remain.

  9. Me and my sister lived in henninger 703 and we would always hear knocks on the door. A couple of times the door slowly opened on its own. When we walked past the stair case we would always hear a knock that use to scare us but no one else heard it.

  10. I live in Henniger Hall room 501 and hear mysterious noises, but idk if they are talking about 501 in Bayliss where the girl killed herself because here in Henninger lights go off and during the night time I get really cold that’s a reason why my ex roommate moved out because she didn’t feel comfortable in the room. My new roommate is never here and she has finger prints on her mirror…

  11. Thompson floor 13 has a sealed door at the end of the hallway, nobody is quite sure why but at night usually between 2 and 6 am, you can clearly see a shadowy figure seem to stare off out the window. Every now and then you hear it move up and down the halls and will quietly knock on doors three times

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