Episode 71: School Spirits: College Ghost Stories

There are some locations that just inspire spooky lore: old, decrepit houses; imposing buildings and campgrounds. Somehow, colleges and universities manage to combine the feel of all these places. It’s no wonder that nearly every campus has its own ghost stories. This week we are bringing you a a variety of these tales straight from the urban legend hotline! Our listeners have sent us fantastic, strange and unique local legends from their college days, and we’ll be giving each one the Just A Story. We will examine the common themes and possible origins of some of these stories.  We’ll also be looking at a real life murder mystery that began in a university library, and the legends that have grown from its legacy. We’ll conclude by examining the possible origins of our own college ghost story, the legend of LSU’s haunted dormitory.

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Thanks to all our listeners who contributed stories to this episode!







Stories from all over North America are featured in this episode!


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Stories of Betsy Aardsma, Rachel Taylor, Michael Pfrang, and Ethel Rose Rogers


Baton Rouge urban legends: Examining 4 of the city’s most popular spooky stories

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Unplanned Pregnancy Among College Students And Strategies to Address It

How Fraternities and Sororities Impact Students (Or Do They?)

The Psychology Behind Why Girls Are So Willing To Join Sororities

Local man is fingered as mystery murderer – Lancaster Online

After 45 years, the unsolved murder of Betsy Aardsma in Penn State library remains a mystery

University support for pregnant students uncommon – USA Today

Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University by Simon J. Bronner

Murder in the Stacks: Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away by David Dekok

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2 thoughts on “Episode 71: School Spirits: College Ghost Stories

  1. I listen this podcast via podbay but podbay is down now 😦 . I cannot use itunes. Is there any other way to download an mp3 file for this episode?


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