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Barnes-Campbell Hall

Barnes-Campbell Hall

 

Barnes-Campbell Hall

The ghost of a fifth floor RA in Barnes-Campbell who fell to his death down an elevator shaft is said to spook the floor's corridors. Accoridng to WKU VP of Campus Services and Facilities, John Osborne, it happened in 1967.

Many residents in Barnes said they have also seen the elevator come up to the fifth floor and open with nobody inside. This usually occurs late at night.

Excerpted from Dana Albrecht's article "Things That Go Bump on the Hill," College Heights Herald, Oct. 29, 1997.

According to a Herald article printed on Nov. 9, 1967, a 20-year-old Leitchfield junior named James Wilbur Duvall came upon an elevator key and entered the elevator shaft on the opposite side of the stalled car to trip a switch that would trigger the stuck elevator to start moving again.

This RA had done this before, but this time he forgot the most important step of all -- looking up to see if any elevator cars were descending upon him.

When he reached in to flip the switch, records state that Duvall was crushed to death by the moving elevator when he became pinned between the outer wall of the elevator shaft and a steal [sic] beam.

Excerpted from Lindsay Sainlar's article, "Haunted Hill," College Heights Herald, Oct. 30, 2003.

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