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Florence Schneider Hall

Florence Schneider Hall

 

Florence Schneider Hall

This story was printed in a Feb. 1971 Herald:

About 40 years ago during Spring Break, a man climbed through a window in the dorm (then called Whitestone) and murdered a sleeping girl with an ax.

The girl managed enough strength to scratch the door of another girl, who was too terrified to answer it. When the second girl opened the door the next morning, she discovered the girl with the ax embedded in her head.

Legend says that the dead girl's ghost now wanders the hallways scratching on doors. Some residents said they have experienced mysterious door slammings, footsteps and unlocked doors that lock them inside the bathroom.

excerpted from Dana Albrecht's article "Things That Go Bump on the Hill," College Heights Herald, Oct. 29, 1987

The escaped lunatic pulled himself up Whitestone Hall's fire escape, dragging his weapon, an ax, behind him. He quietly forced his way into an upper-story window, then trudged down the steps to the next floor. He stealthily walked to the end of the hall and halted in front of the room at the end of the hall. Gripping his ax, he shoved the door open . . .

The man stepped quietly into the room. Much to his surprise the room wasn't empty. One of the counselors, a girl named Judy, was in bed asleep. Startled, the man stumbled and woke the girl, who stared at the intruder unbelievingly. The ax flashed. The man ran back up the hall and disappeared down the fire escape.

The girl, bleeding profusely, dragged herself to the other end of the hall, where the second counselor was staying. Too weak to stand, she scratched at the door but the other girl was too scared to open the door.

It was the next morning before the scared girl opened her door. And there at the bottom of her door was Judy, lying dead with an ax in her skull and with bloody fingers where she had been scratching on the door.

excerpted from David Sutherland's article "Season for Shivers," College Heights Herald, Feb. 23, 1971.

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