Haunted White House Stories

Haunted White House Stories

The world-famous office (and residence) of the President of the United States – a site of numerous landmark political events and home to some of history’s most important and interesting figures.

But did you know that the White House is perhaps one of the most haunted places in the United States?

In this article we will be covering a handful of haunted White House stories recorded over the years – specific areas that supposedly attract powerful paranormal reactions…


The White House Attic

The White House attic is thought to be haunted by the shortest-serving president in history – William Henry Harrison.

The unfortunate president actually died in the famous building not more than a month after his inauguration (pneumonia).

Apparently, several modern-day presidents have experienced sounds of an individual rummaging through the attic contents – looking for something unknown. Guards have also been sent up to check the area out on various occasions.

The White House Attic

These subsequent residents all believe that this is the ghost of William Henry Harrison.

But Harrison is apparently not alone up there – in Truman’s era, a close protection guard reported a ghostly voice stating “I am David Burns”.

Historic research tells us that David Burns was the man that owned the land that the White House was originally built on. He didn’t want to sell it – but was forced to by the government at the time!


The White House Rose Garden Location

A lot of famous presidential announcements have taken place in the White House rose garden location. It was originally planted by First Lady Dolley Madison in the early 1800’s.

When First Lady Ellen Wilson moved into the residence, more than a century later, she didn’t particularly take to this area of the garden, and requested that it be dug up and changed.

The White House Rose Garden Location

The workers and gardeners were brought in…but stopped working within hours of starting!

They all claimed that Madison’s angry ghost had appeared to them as soon as they cut into the earth – she was there to stop them from damaging her beloved rose garden.


The White House Basement Ghost

The White House basement ghost seems to be a much more sinister entity – a reported demon cat!

There have been numerous paranormal reports over the years that claim the cat first appears as a cute little kitten, but as you get closer to it…it becomes a larger and larger phantom beast.

The White House Basement Ghost

The cat has been linked to many events over time – people now believe that the appearance of the demon cat serves as a warning of a great national disaster.


The White House Yellow Oval Room

When president Lincoln was in office, the White House Yellow Oval Room acted as his own personal library – he spent A LOT of time in there.

Over the years, numerous White House employees have reported glimpsing the ghost of Lincoln, gazing out the windows of this room. First Lady Grace Coolidge also came forward and admitted she had encountered the former president’s spirit in the room.

The White House Yellow Oval Room

It has also been noted that the ghosts of both Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Tyler have appeared in this former library.


The White House North Portico

The spirit of a lady named Anne Surratt is said to haunt the White House North Portico. Surrat’s mother, Mary, was executed in 1865 for her role in the Lincoln assassination.

The White House North Portico

Surrat’s specter is often seen banging on the North Portico doors, pleading for her mother’s release and pardon. Some witnesses have even seen her ghost on the front steps every July the 7th – the anniversary of her mother’s execution.


The Lincoln Bedroom Ghost

Often referred to as ‘the most haunted room in the White House’. Winston Churchill famously encountered the Lincoln Bedroom ghost after he had emerged from the bath – it was standing beside the fireplace.

Churchill was so shaken up the following morning, he refused to ever go in the room again.

The Lincoln Bedroom Ghost

The presidential children, Susan Ford and Maureen Reagan, also reported seeing the ghost of Lincoln standing in the exact spot that Churchill described.

The room has also been prone to attacks of poltergeist activity over the years.


Haunted White House Stories

Now it’s over to you – have you heard of any paranormal activity in the White House that we have not covered above?

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the White House ghosts we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Case of the Hammersmith Ghost

The Case of the Hammersmith Ghost

This article will be covering the Hammersmith Ghost that terrorized the London area back in the early 1800’s. The ghost became so feared that locals began arranging armed patrols at night, to keep the entity at bay…


The Paranormal Entity

1803, in Hammersmith, a district in West London, and numerous reports start surfacing regarding a male paranormal entity haunting the area.

The ghost was thought to be that of a man that had cut his own throat, and was then buried in the Hammersmith Churchyard.

Why did locals believe that this was the ghost of this particular man?

Well, religious studies point to the fact that suicides are not supposed to be placed in consecrated ground – this resulted in a restless soul that was doomed to walk the area for eternity.

The ghost was known for haunting the church and graveyard location, and the lanes that connected to one another outside the cemetery.

Most paranormal entities make do with just being seen by passers by – but this ghost was different. It opted to chase whoever it appeared to…

In one famous case, it chased a woman and actually managed to catch up with her. It then gripped onto the poor lady with a supernatural force, until she eventually passed out.

The woman was found walking aimlessly around the area in complete shock – she never recovered, and died a matter of days later.

The Paranormal Entity

The ghost always fit the same description – an extremely tall man that shone brilliant white.

Before long, local businesses in the area started to claim that the entity was effecting their profits. Apparently, certain clients and deliveries did not want to venture to that part of London…as they were afraid of bumping into this frightening paranormal force.


Tragic Events

By 1804, locals had had enough of the ghost and it’s antics – they started to form armed groups and patrol the streets at night. On the 3rd of January that year, one of these armed citizens came face to face with what he thought was the ghost of Hammersmith…

The patrolman was named Francis Smith, and he was in the process of covering Black Lion Lane. Suddenly, a figure appeared from nowhere and started making it’s way down the hedged lane towards him.

Smith called out to the figure and told it to stop and stand still…otherwise he’d shoot!

The figure in white continued to walk down the lane, and Smith eventually let off a shot. The figure then dropped to the floor, dead.

Tragic Events

Francis Smith had tragically managed to kill a bricklayer and plasterer by the name of Thomas Millwood. This unfortunate guy had been wearing traditional clothes of his trade – all white. A later investigation found out that he had actually been mistaken for the ghost before, days before his tragic death.


Murder

Francis Smith was a decent man, and he was horrified by what he had done – he contacted the authorities immediately.

Unfortunately, the authorities were rather strict with him…

He was put on trial for for willful murder, although numerous heads of the public came forward to back up his good character. The judge would have none of it – he told the jury to find the defendant guilty of murder if they believed the facts behind the case.

They eventually found Smith guilty of manslaughter…but the judge would not accept this verdict…and Smith was then found guilty of murder and sentenced to be hanged and dissected.

Luckily, Smith managed to get his verdict reduced, and ended up serving 12 months of hard labor.

The actual Hammersmith Ghost ended up being a local shoemaker named John Graham, who dressed up to scare his apprentice (or so they say…).

The tragic spirit of Thomas Millwood is said to now haunt the Black Lion Lane pub, where his body was kept, after he was shot that night.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Hammersmith Ghost, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Dead Children’s Playground

The Dead Children's Playground

In this article we will be taking a look at what is known as the Dead Children’s Playground, in Maple Hills Park, Huntsville, Alabama. Many locals to the area now believe that children buried in the nearby cemetery, rise from the dead to claim the park for their play….


They Only Come Out at Night

The council and authorities of Huntsville, Alabama, decided that it was time to knock down an aging playground so that the nearby cemetery could be expanded slightly.

The local were less than impressed.

Within days of the authorities statement of intent, a public outcry was underway, that eventually managed to change the council’s minds. They even replaced the old play rides with modern play equipment.

Many believe that the public outcry was due to the fact that so many kids used the playground…but not all of those kids were flesh and bone…


Paranormal Activity

Locals who live near the Maple Hill Park refer to the area as the ‘Dead Children’s Playground’. Over the years there have been numerous paranormal reports linked to the area.

Paranormal Activity

Most of these incidents have occurred after dark. Witnesses have claimed to have heard the ghostly yells of mothers calling out to their children, children playing, children calling out to each other and the sound of numerous small feet pattering around the area.

Locals believe that the most active time for this paranormal force is between the hours of 10 pm and 3 am – this is the time when the dead children know it is safe to come out and play.


The Nearby Cemetery

The nearby cemetery is called Maple Hill Cemetery, and many paranormal investigators believe that this is where the ghostly children come from at night.

It is the biggest cemetery in the Huntsville area, with over 80,000 burials throughout it’s history. The oldest intact grave marker is that of infant Mary Frances Atwood, who was buried there in 1820.

Strangely enough, the Dead Children’s Playground also has a popular urban legend linked to it…


The Child Disappearances

During the the early 1950’s, the area where the playground was built was apparently a limestone quarry. The cliff faces that surround the children’s area were all put in place during this quarry work time.

The quarry was closed, and nature moved back in, creating natural bushland, filled with weeds and trees.

The Child Disappearances

In the 1960’s, a rather sinister individual decided that this overgrown area would be perfect for his/her twisted actions…

Around this time, a series of child disappearances began to be reported in Huntsville…unfortunately, none of these children ever turned up…alive.

A local man who was walking his dog through the quarry area, stumbled across a tiny skull, and reported the find to the police. The whole area was searched thoroughly and several young bodies were uncovered.

They never managed to track down the twisted murderer, but they did find out more about the children who were killed. The bodies revealed that they were probably detained for long periods, and were suffering from Malnutrition.

The children’s remains were eventually buried in the nearby Maple Hill Cemetery.

Are these the children that use the park between the hours of 10 pm to 3 am?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions, in the comment section below.

Old Changi Hospital Ghost Stories

Old Changi Hospital Ghost Stories

This article will be covering a few of the Old Changi Hospital ghost stories that often arise at paranormal gatherings. Are these tragic hauntings linked to the death and cruelty that took place within its walls?

Let’s take a closer look…


Plans For The Singapore Changi Hospital

The Old Changi Hospital was last purchased in 2006 by a developer that proposed to build a luxury resort – it had been put up for sale by the Singapore Land Authority.

For some reason this purchase and construction plan went drastically wrong, and the location ended up being returned.

The people behind the purchase claimed that it was due to the high costs of the project…but locals believe it was down to the paranormal residents who still reside in the building…


Old Changi Hospital History

The Old Changi Hospital was built in 1935 as the Royal Air Force Hospital. In 1942 the ownership changed hands…when the Japanese invaded Singapore.

Many believe that the paranormal activity started in the hospital when the Japanese occupied it. They quickly turned it into a prison camp and base for the Japanese Secret Police.

Old Changi Hospital History

Many locals believe that resistance fighters were frequently taken to the hospital to be horrifically tortured for information. Apparently, hundreds of civilians and soldiers were killed there.

After the war the hospital reverted into a medical center once again, and in 1965 turned into the Singapore Armed Forces Hospital.

The hospital was closed in 1997 and has remained abandoned ever since.


Old Changi Hospital Haunted Happenings

These days, the hospital is considered the most haunted location in Singapore, with hundreds of paranormal experiences linked to it.

More often than not, brave visitors report seeing numerous shadow people in the abandoned wards and corridors. Many people have also reported hearing tortured, disembodied screams from groups of unfortunate, invisible people.

The strangest paranormal ‘event’ that takes place at this location happens when groups of thrill seekers enter the hospital…

During their ‘search’ through the hospital, the group will suddenly realize that one of their members is missing. They then make their way through the abandoned rooms until they find the missing member, in a lonely part of the hospital.

They will be disorientated and tell an all too familiar tale…

They enter the building with the full group, but suddenly one of the group members convinces them to break off from the main team – maybe they could experience more paranormal activity with just two of them?

Old Changi Hospital Haunted Happenings

So, they break off, and start exploring with the other friend…who suddenly disappears.

This is the point where the terror kicks in, and they are usually discovered by the group in a right old state of fear. When questioned they realize that this friend never left the group with them…they just walked off by themselves at some point!

Nobody seems to know much about this strange paranormal force, or why it takes the image of a friend and then deserts it’s victim?

It’s worth noting that over the last half century, several people have been rumored to have entered the building alone, never to be seen again…

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Old Changi Hospital ghost stories, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Mermaid Inn in Rye

The Mermaid Inn in Rye

This article will be cover the paranormal reports linked to the 900-year-old history of The Mermaid Inn in Rye, East Sussex, England – thought to be one of the most haunted accommodations in this part of Britain…


The Mermaid Inn Ghosts

The most famous ‘paranormal room’ in The Mermaid Inn is Room 1 – also known as ‘The James’.

Many visitors to this room have woke up in the middle of the night to find that they are no longer alone. A lady dressed in white (sometimes gray) sits in the chair next to the fireplace with a blank expression on her face.

In some cases, she has looked straight at the shocked Inn visitor, as they sit in bed. But most of the time she justs stares aimlessly at the fireplace, before slowly fading after about a minute of being visible.

The Mermaid Inn Ghosts

Another room at the Inn, named ‘The Fleur de Lys’, also has it’s own resident specter. This is the spirit of a man who walks through the bathroom wall, crosses past the bed to disappear near the opposite wall.

Over the years a total of five rooms within this old inn have been reported as having some sort of paranormal resident.

But where do all these ghosts come from?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Old Inn

The Mermaid Inn is thought to date as far back as 1156 – this dating was done through the cellar area of the building. In 1377 the French attacked Rye, and the Inn was one of the buildings that was burned to the ground.

It was rebuilt 50 years later, with the original cellars still in tact.

The Mermaid became very prosperous during the 16th and 17th centuries. It became well known for brewing it’s own high quality ales and serving good food with accommodation.

The Old Inn

Unfortunately, the inn lost it’s popularity in the mid 1700’s when the infamous and bloodthirsty Hawkhurst Gang started using it as a meeting place for their smuggling plans.

At first, the public in Rye seemed to like the idea of the gang – they provided good work and brought money into the area…but soon they became linked to a number of local murders.

Enough was enough – a militia was formed and the gang was defeated. Many of these members ended up being hung publicly in 1749.

Paranormal experts have concluded that two members of the Hawkhurst Gang now haunt The Mermaid Inn – George Gray and his unfortunate girlfriend.

After the gang was defeated, the inn closed down for a number of years. It eventually got bought, and converted into a home, but it then turned back into an inn during 1913.


The Haunted Mermaid Inn in Rye

These days The Mermaid Inn is considered a paranormal hot spot by many paranormal investigators – the apparitions and ghostly incidents have never ceased.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Haunted Beelitz Heilstatten Hospital

The Haunted Beelitz Heilstatten Hospital

This article will be taking a look at the paranormal activity linked to the Beelitz Heilstatten hospital in Brandenburg, Germany. Originally built to accommodate the growing number of tuberculosis patients then converted into a military hospital for the Imperial German Army, then the soviet army…

What spirits remain behind it’s dark walls?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Historic Town of Beelitz

The small town of Beelitz multiplied in numbers around the 1247 mark due to a historic ‘miracle’ taking place in the Saint Mary and Saint Nicholas Parish Church. At some time in this period locals reported a bleeding host miracle, which resulted in the then very small community become a site of pilgrimage.

Towards the end of the 1800’s, there was a lot of people in and around Beelitz, resulting in a sharp increase in viruses and disease. Unfortunately, tuberculosis was top of this list.

In 1898 architect Heino Schmieden was commissioned to create plans for a brand new sanatorium for the area – somewhere to safely quarantine the already sick members of the community.

The Historic Town of Beelitz

When the First World War broke out the sanatorium/hospital was quickly converted into a medical facility for the Imperial German Army. A young injured soldier by the name of Adolf Hitler was rumored to have ended up there!

Towards the end of World War Two the Red Army occupied the hospital and it was still used by the Russians up until 1995, when the building was converted once again, to accommodate sufferers of Parkinson’s Disease.

Some parts of the property are still used for medical purposes, others are privately owned…and the remaining buildings are left abandoned and in ruin.


The Dead

Understandably, there have been a lot of deaths in the Beelitz Heilstatten hospital over the centuries. Many historical reports suggest that most early patients there struggled to reach the five year mark…before passing away.

In the early 1900’s, locals point to a serial killer being present in the area. Apparently he/she used the hospital grounds as a ‘killing room’ of sorts.

beelitz heilstatten germany

Another murder took place on the site in 2008. A young professional photographer managed to hire the services of a beautiful model and drive her out to the Beelitz Heilstatten grounds.

He then proceeded to beat her death in the hospital’s former gatehouse…and perform twisted acts of necrophilia.


The Famous Beelitz Heilstatten Ghost Report

A couple of decades back, a German teenager and four of her friends decided to visit the abandoned parts of the hospital for a bit of a dare. The buildings were locked up but the teenagers managed to get inside.

While they were in one of the old surgeries, she heard someone asking her for a scalpel in German. She thought it was one of her friends so she turned around to see which one was winding her up…she was the only one in the room!

The Famous Beelitz Heilstatten Ghost Report

Suddenly she heard her mates yelling out her name, and when she found them they too had a curious story to tell…

Her friends insist that it had been a full half an hour since they had visited the original surgery – they had then gone off and visited other rooms before noticing that she had disappeared.

The curious thing is her friends swore she had been with them right up to the moment they started to call her name.

So, the young girl had actually been alone in that surgery for over thirty minutes…but to her it felt like a matter of seconds…

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Ghosts of the Manila Film Center Tragedy

The Ghosts of the Manila Film Center Tragedy

This article will be taking a look at the harrowing Manila Film Center tragedy of November the 17th, 1981, and the paranormal activity that followed the incident…


Please Call my Family…

As a man walks past the now abandoned Manila Film Center in the mid 1990’s, he notices a man shuffling towards him gingerly. Without warning, this stranger hands over a calling card and asks the man if he would please call up his family.

A strange request, but the man is intrigued to find out more – he asks why he needs him to phone his family.

The stranger tells him that he needs to relay a message – that he wants them to be informed that he is okay, and he will be free soon.

The man agrees, and phones the stranger’s family up.

When he starts explaining to the family member who he is with, and what their message is…he is suddenly stopped in his tracks. He is told that the man he is talking to died at this location…about a decade earlier…


The Manila Film Center History

The center was finally completed in 1982 and was going to be the main building used in the upcoming 1st Manila International Film Festival, which was organized by Imelda Marcos.

Marcos, the first lady of the Philippines, really liked the idea of mixing in big circles – especially internationally. She wanted her country to follow her ambitious visions…so she rushed the organization of the film center.

The Manila Film Center History
Imelda Marcos Accepting Flowers

The constructions started off pretty well…until Marcos started changing the plans and causing long delays, bypassing safety regulations in some instances.

She eventually managed to get over 4000 workers there, employed in three shifts, working 24 hours a day.

There were constant reports of these workers being ordered to cut corners…so they did…


The Manila Film Center Tragedy

Early morning, on November the 17th, 1981, and tragedy struck the construction area when a large portion of scaffolding collapsed and tipped 169 workers into quick drying cement.

Marcos and the authorities realized that this meant trouble – they had been ignoring safety measures far too frequently. Instead of sending for the emergency services…they simply closed off the area and put up a security blackout.

This blackout lasted for over nine hours in total, before the rescue services could get in. Some workers had managed to get themselves out of the cement, others had died in the fall…and some died stuck in the cement, from their injuries.

The Manila Film Center Tragedy

Marcos indicated that the area was closed off because she thought there was some form of sabotage on the construction…but many people believe she was trying to save face, and still get the building finished in time.

It is estimated that 15 of 169 workers died that day…but the building was eventually finished on time, and the film festival went ahead…


The Haunting

After the festival, the center was turned into a film archive and became quite a popular location…until an earthquake hit it in the mid 1990’s, leaving it abandoned for a decade. It was eventually reopened as a stage for a trans-gender acting and dance group.

We touched on the spirit of stranger who wants visitors to phone home…but there have been many other instances of paranormal activity recorded at the location.

Visitors frequently leave the building in distress after claiming they have heard cries and moans of distress, coming from the concrete foundations of the building. There have also been a handful of reports where witnesses have seen apparitions stuck in concrete partitions and flooring.

Many performers hate the late night rehearsals because the paranormal activity seems to escalate after dark. Many leave early after complaining about a crushing, claustrophobic feeling as they try and work.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the paranormal activity linked to the Manila Film Center Tragedy, please leave them in the comment section below.

Entally House

Entally House

This article will be taking a closer look at the spirit of Entally House, located in Hapsden, 15 kilometers South West of Launceston, Tasmania. Who is this turbaned male Indian entity that materializes on the staircase, and why is he linked to the property?


Sneaky Mary

The house was built in 1819 by Thomas Haydock Reibey – son of Mary and Thomas Reibey. His mother, Mary, was a bit of a girl really – she was arrested and charged with stealing horses back in 1791, in Lancashire.

This resulted in her being sentenced to seven years transportation, and she arrived in Sydney in October, 1792.

It was here that she met her husband-to-be, Thomas Reibey.

entally estate

Now, Thomas was a bit of a razor-sharp businessman, and he ended up with several successful companies. When he died in 1811, Mary took over all the businesses and they became even more successful.

She retired extremely wealthy, in 1830.

Mary Reibey died on the 30th of May, 1855 – she outlived five of her seven children. She had been involved in numerous charities supporting local areas – she has even featured on the Australian $20 note since 1994!!!

The businesses were then left to her eldest son, Thomas Reibey II, who began building the Entally Estate in 1819…

Mary Reibey
Mary Reibey

The Entally Ghost

Entally House was named after a suburb of Kolkata, in India. Thomas decided to honor a merchant who had aided his father in India many years before, by naming the estate, and the house, after the area this man lived – Entally.

The Entally ghost first hit the headlines in 1954 when a Melbourne-based newspaper, The Argus, published a story on it.

The article mentioned a woman who had ran into the ghost in Entally, and had been so traumatized, she ended up being sent on to the New Norfolk Asylum to recover.

Over the years there have been other sightings of this ghost – an apparition that appears as a Turbaned Indian.

Locals believe that he only ever appears to you on the stairs of Entally house…and he can only be seen by women.

These days the staircase is cut off half way – so if you walk up them, you will arrive at a section you will not be able to pass. This is the point where he appears.

Witnesses claim that the air suddenly turns freezing cold on the staircase and the Turbaned Indian suddenly appears for a few seconds, before disappearing again.

Paranormal experts believe that this Indian spirit is somehow linked to Thomas Reibey, and his experiences with the merchant in suburb of Kolkata. Others believe that Reibey brought back a possessed item from India, and his son unwittingly placed it in the house he built.

What do you think?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

The Tulip Staircase Ghost

The Tulip Staircase Ghost

This article will be covering the Tulip Staircase ghost image that was snapped on what is possibly the first unsupported spiral staircase in England, in June, 1966. Did retired clergyman Reverend Ralph Hardy manage to capture an image of a paranormal entity?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Photograph

The image that was snapped in June, 1966, seems to reveal the dramatic movements of an individual pulling themselves up a staircase, looking quite morose. Reverend Ralph Hardy insists that he was only taking a photograph of the elaborate staircase – nobody else was present at the time!

Ralph Hardy was a Canadian minister that was visiting the Queens House in Greenwich with his wife when he decided to take the photograph in question.

His wife was the one who actually suggested that they should visit the location, as she had seen a photograph of the wonderful staircase in a magazine publication back home.

Paranormal Activity 

Hardy tried his best to get a position underneath the staircase – so he could point the camera upwards and capture the impressive spiral design. Unfortunately the staircase was cordoned off for security reasons, so he made do with his sideways vantage point.

He took the shot and thought no more of it…until he returned home and got his holiday pictures developed.

Shocked by what he saw, he sent the ghostly image on to experts who then took them to the Kodak laboratories. It was a true image – the photograph had not been tampered with in any way.


Paranormal Activity 

When the photograph was finally released to the public, the Tulip Staircase became an instant hit for ghost hunters and psychics from all over the world. Numerous seances were held in the building and they even attempted a strange re-enactment of the photo, attempting to recreate the same conditions.

Unfortunately, these psychic and ghostly gatherings did not work – they could not manage to make contact with the spirit in the photograph.

But, there has been numerous other reports of paranormal activity at the Queens House…

Some visitors have claimed to have heard soft footsteps on the staircase…followed by the strange sound of a group of children chanting.

There has also been a handful of paranormal incidents involving a pale woman, dressed in old fashioned clothing. She has been spotted mopping up what appears to be blood, on the first step of the staircase.

This woman is thought to be linked to a maid that fell to her death from the staircase, many years ago.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Tulip Staircase ghost, please leave them in the comment section below.

The University of Toronto Haunting

The University of Toronto Haunting

This article will be taking a look at how a student learned the identity of the spirit behind the University of Toronto haunting – through a tale of love, betrayal…and sinister murder…


Conversation With a Ghost

A student named Allen Aylesworth was walking through the university grounds some time in the 1870’s, when he encountered a large bearded man wearing a dark hat and long coat. Aylesworth decided to make a little chit-chat by commenting on the cold weather.

The tall dark stranger replied that it was always cold in his world.

This reply interested Aylesworth, so he struck up a conversation with the stranger, who then identified himself as Ivan Reznikoff.

Conversation With a Ghost

After a few minutes Aylesworth realized that the weather was starting to eat through to his bones, so he invited Reznikoff back to his apartment to get out of the cold. They spent the remainder of the night downing rum and talking…

This conversation managed to reveal the identity of the ghost who was frequently spotted on one of the university stairwells…


The Stonemason

Reznikoff explained to Aylesworth that he was a stonemason who worked on the university building and ended up falling for a local lass named Suzie, who he planned to propose to.

Unfortunately a Greek worker named Paul Diabolos was also in love with this local girl…and a feud was born.

The competition was on – and both men set out to show each other up.

This resulted in Diabolos carving a likeness of Reznikoff as one of the leering gargoyles that decorate the corner of the university. Reznikoff was not happy about this – and he realized that Diabolos was actually a more talented stonemason than him!


The Affair 

Diabolos’s witty carving seemed to win Suzie over, and she began having an affair with him. Just before the planned wedding Susie called it off…and ended up getting engaged to the talented Diabolos.

Reznikoff was furious – and chased Diabolos across the university grounds with his trusty axe. They ended up running through the east wing but Diabolos managed to hide and get the drop on Reznikoff, stabbing him the back in the process.

The Affair 

Reznikoff finished his story saying that Diabolos had buried him under the stairs where his undiscovered body still lay.

The other members of the university construction group all thought that Reznikoff had ran off – broken hearted and embarrassed by his loss in love.

Reznikoff then claimed that he had been standing near the stairs where his body was buried, ever since, in the vain hope that someone would discover it.

Aylesworth woke up the following morning and the man named Reznikoff was gone – surely he had drunk too much rum and imagined the ghostly story the stonemason had told him?


The Discovery

In 1890, a devastating fire burnt out a large area of the university and the east wing was gutted by it. During the repair work, after the fire, workers stumbled upon human remains beneath the stairwell.

Aftermath of the Fire
Aftermath of the Fire

Allen Bristol Aylesworth, now a successful lawyer, returned to the university grounds and revealed his story. The remains were eventually interred under an old maple tree in the University College’s quadrangle.

Aylesworth went on to become a Canadian Parliamentarian…but he always stuck to his story of meeting the ghost of Reznikoff…

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here, please leave them in the comment section below.