Sometimes my husband and I have shared paranormal experiences. This is a story about something that happened to us when we were in college together. To read more about Father William, please see Dorming With Ghosts: The Many Spirits of Marillac Hall.
In keeping with last week’s post, I wanted to share another event that occurred in Marillac Hall a few months after the séance. Sometimes Marillac could get so quiet that you would feel like someone was watching you. Whenever I was alone studying in my room or staying up late writing a paper in the small lounge downstairs, the silence would get eerie.
Marillac is situated at the bottom of Marillac Hill. You get a marvelous view of the Hudson River right from the front door. Removed from the majority of campus traffic, Marillac offers a place of solitude for both students and spirits alike. Neither the dead, nor the living appreciate noisy neighbors. If you wouldn’t want a ghost banging doors and stomping around to all hours of the night, then be assured that the spirits would like some peace too.
My roommate and I had a large room that had originally been a lounge. In terms of size, it was one of the biggest dorm rooms on campus. The suites surrounding us were smaller, single rooms that were connected by a short hallway that included a private bathroom. I had to go up an additional set of stairs to get to my room on the fourth floor. Being it was separated from the rest of the building, it was naturally quieter up there.
While the rest of the dorms are more modern in style, Marillac Hall was designed to look like a stone mansion complete with two separate wings. On my side, there were two main ways to get to the first floor. The most direct route was to go down a narrow hallway that passed by a room that was used as a storage closet. In the previous post, I told you about Father William. He is the spirit of a priest who used to teach mathematics at the college. He supposedly haunts this room because he lived there when he was alive. Since the séance, we had routinely said “Hi” to Father William whenever we passed by his door.
George, who was my boyfriend at the time, lived in another dorm on campus. Since he was not a resident, I had to escort him to the bathroom and take him downstairs when he was ready to sign out. One night, I was walking him out when we heard a lot of commotion coming from the third floor. Someone was having a party, but the music was too loud and there was screaming and shouting going on too. It was already midnight and quiet hours were supposed to start at 10pm.
“I wonder why the RA hasn’t said anything about the noise level,” I said.
“Well, maybe the priest’s ghost will do something about it.” George grinned mischievously as we approached the hallway to Father William’s door. “Go get them, Father,” he said.
“That’s not funny, George. Stop kidding around.”
Just then we heard a loud creak. We stood petrified as the door to the hall’s storage closet slowly swung open on its own.
“Nice going,” I said to George. “You summoned him.” I made George turn around and go back so that we could use the other stairwell. After that incident, I always took the side route through the dorm’s kitchen at night to avoid going by the haunted room.
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