Room 428 in Ohio University

Room 428 in Ohio University

Mention room 428 in Ohio University to any alumni or current resident of Wilson Hall dormitory; you’re guaranteed a ghost story.

Ohio University is considered one of the most haunted schools in the world.

Built only one year after Ohio established statehood, Ohio University’s walls have witnessed plenty of tragedy.

It all started in the 1970’s when a student lost their life. Accounts differ when it comes to the gender of the student, but sources agree on the unexpected or unusual nature of the death.

Some time after that, however, a female student lived in the dorm. Those who knew the woman claimed that she studied the occult. She allegedly used the energy of the room to speak with the dead.

Forgotten over the course of decades, her name does not seem to be known. Yet, nearly every story about this woman ends in her grisly death.

It is said that she drew on the power of the room one night. She wanted to astral project or speak with the dead, but somehow this resulted in her violent and bloody death. Some stories say that she slit her wrists. However, this is not a widely circulated claim.


 An Array of Supernatural Phenomenon

After the first death in the 1970’s, students experienced an array of supernatural phenomenon. Frequently, students occupying the room alone would hear footsteps.

Other times, objects would fly across the room and shatter against the walls. And still other accounts claim to have seen the ghost of the ill-fated occult follower.

But why did the first death in Room 428 occur at all?

It is interesting to note that Wilson Hall sits in the center of five prominent cemeteries. When these sites are connected with a marker on a map, they form a pentagram.

A pentagram is not an inherently evil symbol. It symbolizes the five elements or the God and Goddess of the Wicca religion. It’s considered a talisman of strength or protection from which one may draw or amplify energy.

To be located in the center of a pentagram, as is the case with Wilson Hall, is a potent sign that the site is one of great importance. In the occult, it is similar to a building that resides upon crossing ley lines.


The Cemetery

Another fascinating theory for the paranormal activity in Room 428: Wilson Hall rests on a cemetery. Sources differ on whether this cemetery held the corpses of Native Americans or those of the Athens Mental Institute.

Regardless, everyone seems to agree that the dorm is directly atop a graveyard.

On January 9th, 1874, the Mental Medical Center (then called the Athens Lunatic Asylum) first opened its doors. All was as well as it could be in a mental ward at that time.

View of Campus, Ohio University
View of Campus, Ohio University

For many years, the patients of the institute enjoyed a peaceful atmosphere complete with fountains and gardens.

As the asylum gradually became overran with patients, the quality of the institution plummeted into the dark ages. The doctors and staff grew cold and temperamental with their charges.

Difficult or unruly patients were punished with icy cold dunks in tubs of water; electroshock therapies became the norm.

The most wild or unmanageable patients underwent a procedure called a lobotomy, permanently destroying their already broken or misfiring minds.


Room 428

All of these phenomena are said to contribute to the mysterious death of the unknown student of Room 428 in Ohio University back in the 1970’s.

Several spiritualist experts have conducted investigations of the area. They determined that the geographical layout surrounding Ohio University (such as the outlying valleys, peaks, and mountains) served to conduct spiritual energy.

The state of Ohio in general is known to be an epicenter of paranormal activity and hauntings, actually.

Ohio in general is known to be an epicenter of paranormal activity

Today, Room 428 in Ohio University is sealed off from students. This happened shortly after the death of the woman who practiced the occult.

However, the door of the room is said to depict the face of a demon, even after the entire thing is replaced. The students currently residing in Wilson Hall are curious, as expected.

Some confess that, as Halloween approaches, their RA’s allow them to “tour” the room. And when they open the door and step into Room 428, each student unanimously reports…

…a couple of dead birds. Oh, well. There’s still the constant complaints of someone walking around in the room from those living in the adjacent dorms!

Haunted Houses In Cincinnati, Ohio

Haunted Houses in Cincinnati Ohio

Do you find castles, hayrides or graveyards filled with phony ghosts, weapons, chainsaws and mazes amusing? Are you done with the monotony of life and are looking forward to experiencing real paranormal activity?

Do deaths, gore, torture and spookiness give you an Adrenalin rush? You, my friend, are one of those adventurous folks who love to dig into weird mysteries of the world.

Join us at one of the creepiest ghost hunts in some of the most haunted houses in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Top 5 Haunted Houses In Cincinnati, Ohio…

1) Stenton House:

The Dutch built Stenton House in 1850. This eerie Victorian mansion witnessed the suicide of a Dutchman and two young pupils.

The past occupants of the building have reported ghostly apparitions, spooky sounds of objects hitting the floor on the topmost story and phantom footsteps.

After the Second World War, the mansion was subdivided into multi-unit dwellings known as the Cornell Place Apartments.

As of now, the owners use this property as private residence. Some apartments were sealed for safety purposes.

Guest tours and photography is discouraged because the government respects the privacy of its corporeal as well as spiritual residents.

2) Tracy’s Home on Dunham Road, Amelia:

The Tracy family occupied this farmhouse during 1802 to 1803. A group of native Indians called Cherokees from the surrounding woods raided the house in that period.

The riot resulted in sudden death of the youngest girl of the Tracy family. Since then, her spirit has been chasing people away.

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In 2005, the descendants renovated the house for visitors. Some parts of it are open for tours while rest of the house is restricted for the guests.

3) McClung House:

A sweet little deserted house on the Main Street with a dark history of homicide. Who wouldn’t want to explore it?

The McClung House built in 1870 had no supernatural history until 1901, when two lovebirds by the name of John and Rebecca McClung moved there.

John was a jealous, aggressive and dominating character. He forbade Rebecca from mingling with the neighbors. She was not allowed to go outside without his permission. Often, the people saw Rebecca sitting by their bedroom window, admiring the outside scenery.

Downtown Cincinnati from Devou Park in Covington

One day the neighbors heard her pleas for help. When the police arrived at the crime scene, they found John with a bloody log by the mutilated corpse of Rebecca.

However, John was later acquitted due to lack of substantial evidence. After the incident, many folks have seen Rebecca’s spirit walking around the graveyard.

A few neighbors have seen her sitting by the same window. She is still upset because John was not convicted for her murder.

4) Chambers Road House:

A deserted house in shambles, with unkempt lawn and a messy barn sets out the mood for a horror story. There are plenty of stories floating around this “supposedly” haunted place.

Two decades ago, a family of five occupied the house. The husband was mentally sick and as per the local tales, he shot his wife, two kids and horses occupying the barn. The youngest one escaped to a nearby tunnel. The father, who later committed suicide, eventually murdered him.

There are reports of ghostly sightings in the house, the barn and the nearby tunnel. You can see a few bullet holes and dry blood splattered across the walls.

The unnatural aura surrounding this place attracts ghost hunters and paranormal experts from all over the world. Some of them reported peculiar sounds like neighs, screams and gunshots after the sunset.

If you want to explore this place, be a little cautious and make sure, you are never alone!

5) The Handlebar Ranch:

Tiny Town AKA Munchkinville, formally known as the Handlebar Ranch has nothing to do with black magic, witches or murders, just a bunch of pissed off retired midgets.

It is a village of evil circus dwarfs, located towards the north of Cincinnati, near Mt. Rumpke. Like some bad rural myths, the stories surrounding this village pass on from one generation to another.

Annie and Percy Ritter, the last living owners of the house died in late 1990s. Although we’re not sure where the midget rumors started, but Annie’s barely 5-feet-tall frame and unfriendly attitude towards teenagers might have something to do with it.

In 2002, this 30-acre piece was transferred to the Rumpke. At present, the place is in mess. All that remains of it is cemented walls, lonely wooden bridge, crematory, the wagon wheel gate and a church for devil worshipers.

We don’t recommend trespassing, unless you want to irritate the midgets.

With this, we complete our list of the top five haunted houses in Cincinnati, Ohio. They go beyond the bogus Halloween homes and incite true fear in the hearts of the bravest men. Do remember to visit them!