I was a student at Glenville State College from September 1999 through September 2003. Throughout my college career I heard more than my share of ghost stories about the campus that I lived on; many of which I dismissed as quickly as I heard them. But as a non-ghost believer I can personally account for more than a dozen unexplained and hair-raising experiences.
It must have been around October or November 2002 when my first real unexplained incident happened. It was about 3:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon when both of my neighbors at Pickens Hall went home for the weekend. Both of whom lived more than an hour from the campus. I spent the rest of the evening playing PlayStation and watching movies until my girlfriend came over to my room to spend the night. We sat up late that night just talking and goofing off until we went to bed about 12:30 a.m. I remember how quiet the dorm was that night, the football team had an away game and most everybody else had taken off for the weekend. Suddenly about 12:45 a.m. or so, I heard a loud noise coming from my neighbor’s room, it sounded like someone was moving furniture around. This wasn’t just a sudden single noise because if it was I would have dismissed it as simply something that goes bump in the night. I mean come on that dorm is probably 90 years old, you’re going to hear noises. But this seemed to go on for about 30 seconds then the same noise started coming from my other neighbors room. I know what you’re thinking at this point… maybe my neighbors both came back the same night, because that’s what I would think if I was reading the story. But one of my neighbors lived in Ohio and the other lived in Bridgeport, trust me they were not in their rooms. My girlfriend and I both sat up in bed and just looked at each other, and I asked her “did you just hear that” and of course she replied, “yes I did”.
As quickly as the noises started they stopped in all was quiet again on the fourth floor of Pickens Hall. I remember laying in bed after that, both of us awake, when suddenly again another noise started in my room about 7 feet from my bed. It was a noise that sounded like someone or something was dropping marbles one at a time on the hard surface of my floor, and as they would hit with that tit-tit-tit noise they would make your rolling noise and slap to my wall. This happened about four times but we never seen anything in the room. This wasn’t as scary as you might think, for years I had often heard stories of a little boy falling down the steps in the old house that was there before Pickens Hall and breaking his neck some 90 years before. I had also heard rumors that many people living in the dorms have had the same experiences; some even claim to have seen a little boy in bibs with a sack full of marbles. I didn’t see anything like that but all the same I figured that if it was a ghost than it was probably just that little boy and I was almost certain that he was going to hurt us.
The following morning I went to my neighbors room and sure enough no one was there. My girlfriend and I never told too many people about what happened that night. I guess because we thought nobody would believe us, especially since it never happened again in the months that followed. I suppose that you could probably chalk this experience up to something that’s not paranormal, I’m sure if you tried hard enough, you could find a reasonable explanation for what happened. I’m not saying I believe in ghosts and I’m not saying that I don’t believe in ghosts. I believe oftentimes people see and hear what they want to believe, but for me this was something totally random and out of the blue. To be honest, I’m not sure what to think.
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