Ghost Sighting - Need Help
by T. F.
Folks, this story was submitted by an individual who truly believes he saw a ghost. He is asking questions and advice. Please read his story and give him your educated comments. He is trying to resolve his experience. --Thank you. Webmaster
The reason for my sending this is for questions, rather than entertainment. I do not know how much info you have on the unexplained. I apologize for the rather anonymous information I have given you, but due to my job I do not want to risk my job and reputation.
This obviously being the Halloween season I can understand how you probably get a lot of these, so I won't be surprised if you yourself are a little skeptical, but anyway here's my story.
I am a police officer for a major University in the southwest Ohio area. In the spring of 2002 I was working third shift, and it was a slow night. I responded to our large library to check my e-mail. The library I speak of has a very large and open main floor, with floors above it that are more sectioned off. The main floor is the fourth floor. (The floors below them are actually the floors of the parking garage that is all part of the building.) Years ago, the library was completely shut down, and most of the lights would be turned off. (There are now housekeepers cleaning overnight 5 days a week and the
lights are now on almost 24 hours.)
When I was the floor above the main floor, (Fifth level), I had that feeling of being watched. The lights were completely out on the fifth floor with only the light of the computer screen, and an exit sign in the distance illuminated the area of where I was. As I was sitting down on the computer, I turned around in my seat to see a white male wearing a white shirt, and dark short hair standing at a door way approximately 20 feet away.
I turned around back to the computer and quickly grabbed my flashlight, then spun around quick to shine the light on the subject. When I shined my light he was gone. I thought it was a fellow officer on my shift trying to be funny, because the subject resembled him, (remember it was dark), and at the time our uniform shirts were white. I sprang up from my chair and walked over to the area where I saw him and said something like "Ha ha a**hole very funny!" I was assuming I would see the officer come from behind something and either say "BOO", or start laughing, but there was no one around. At this point I now ruled out a fellow officer, and now suspected that someone was in the library after hours that shouldn't be there. (It was about 3:30 AM.) I announced that I saw them and that they better show them or go to jail.
Still no answer.
I was now taking the situation a little more seriously, and drew my weapon, holding my flashlight also performing a search. I announced a few more times for the subject to show themselves, and then called for additional officers to respond to assist in performing a building search. Three other officers responded, including the officer I thought was playing a joke on me. We preformed the building search for about 20 minutes or so, (there are A LOT of small areas to hide in), and cleared the entire area finding nothing. After we cleared the building I told the officers who or what I saw, and questioned the officer I thought I saw in the library. He insisted he wasn't there, and another officer verified him, stating that he was with him on the other side of
campus. After that incident, I endured years of teasing. I know what I saw, and was confident that I saw someone. After the incident, I completely analyzed the area and came to the conclusion that it was humanly impossible to be able to vanish from sight that quickly. Even if a person was to dive from the doorway, they would have made some kind of noise and could not vanish from sight that quickly.
This past August, an officer came up to me and told me to talk to another officer about the “ghost” I saw in the library. He advised me that the person she saw fit the same description as the one I saw that night years ago. The next night I talked to the officer that had the sighting, and she stated that she was on the fourth level of the same library on the computer at about 2 AM, when she looked over and saw a male white, slim build, wearing a white shirt, short dark hair, and dark pants. When she saw him, she sprang up from the chair, walked over to him asking him to come over to her. When she got up, the subject walked over to the corner of the building, walked around a bookcase, then vanished. She became quite startled, and left immediately. When I asked her about the situation, she had some relief that I saw the same thing, but it was obvious that talking about it made her upset. She also said that second to her seeing him she felt the feeling that she was being watch. She stated that it was not possible for someone to just vanish from the general area she was in. At the time she was going to call for additional officers, but chose not to for the fear of being ridiculed.
She and I are the only two officers that have actually seen someone. Two other officers have said that when in the library by themselves they had that “Hair on the back on the neck standing up feeling”, and that they thought they were being watched. All four of us admitted that we do not like going into the library after hours by ourselves, which is pretty impressive considering that cops don't like to admit that they're scared of anything. I have also heard of students, faculty, and staff make comments that they get “creepy” feelings when in the library.
I did do a little research Googling the university and hauntings. There is a known ghost story that a library is haunted by a long dead professor. The only problems are that the stories are in a completely different library. The library the stories come from is a small library that holds extremely old and rare books, some dating from the 1600's. I've been in that library many times, and even though the building is very old, I have never felt anything creepy about the area.
The subject the two of us saw was not transparent, didn't float, or anything of “ghostly” nature. The person we saw looked very real. When it comes to the paranormal, I personally think that about 95% of the stories are complete BS. I consider the rest of the 5% is simply unexplainable. I will admit, that what I saw was certainly in that 5%.
I don't know if any of you have any knowledge on this that I speak of, but would appreciate any knowledge or opinions.
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