Ghosts In Oxford, Ohio? Yes, Please!

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Have I told you lately how much I love my inquisitive fans?

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Not sure when the article hit online, but this morning’s edition of the Oxford Press carried an interview I did with them about my upcoming appearance in Oxford on Sunday, October 29th. The article was entitled “Ghosts In Oxford? Author To Share Spooky Stories Sunday.” However, as many of you are pointing out via your e-mails to me, the article does not mention a single ghost story associated with Oxford, leaving you all wondering if I will be talking about Oxford ghosts or not.

The short answer is “yes”, I will most certainly be talking about some of the more popular Oxford-area ghost stories and legends. Not to give everything away, but some of the stories will include:

  • Reid Hall–I was given permission to conduct an overnight investigation inside the building prior to it being torn down
  • Ronald Tammen disappearance–does his ghost still remain where his dorm room once stood?
  • The Oxford Rider–my personal encounters with the mysterious “ghost light”

Oh yeah, and if you’re looking for more than just ghosts, there will be plenty of giant roadside oddities, mummified cats, and pickled fingers to go around. And if you’re really nice to me, you might get to see the infamous Blue Flash video. No promises, though!

If you’re interested in coming to this event, click here to reserve your tickets. If there are any left, they will be available for purchase at the door the day of the event. But I wouldn’t chance it if I were you as there’s only a couple of seats left!

Click here to read the Oxford Press article in its entirety.

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New Acquisitions For The Strange & Spooky Museum

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The first round of editing for my Big Book Of Ohio Ghost Stories is now on its way back to the editor. Which means I’ve now got some time to start uploading my latest acquisitions for the Strange & Spooky Museum for everyone to see!

In the coming week, here’s just a few of the items I’ll be adding:

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Random Strange & Spooky Image: Reid Hall Door Knob

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Door knob from the reportedly haunted (and now demolished) Reid Hall on the Miami University campus in Oxford, Ohio.

As if I needed any additional proof that my marriage to Steph was meant to be, consider this little paranormal fact: Steph and her entire family have lived for many years in Oxford, Ohio. In fact, her parents still call Oxford home. Why is this such a big deal? Well, Oxford, Ohio, is also home to one of my favorite ghostly legends, the Oxford Motorcycle Ghost. And at one point, a building with a spooky and bloody past used to stand a short drive (or a brisk walk by my father-in-law, Steve) from the Flee family homestead. That building? Reid Hall on the campus of Miami University.

Reid Hall’s bloody past began on the evening of May 9th, 1959, when RA Roger Sayles attempted to break up a fight inside the building. First-hand accounts of the event are sketchy, but at some point, one of the assailants drew a gun and shot Sayles. The shooter fled to Ogden Hall and subsequently committed suicide with the same gun he used to shoot Sayles. As for Sayles, he eventually succumbed to his wounds and did not survive the night. But not before, according to legend, falling against one of the dorm room doors, leaving behind two bloody handprints. Handprints that were supposed to have remained visible on the door despite numerous attempts to scrub them away.

In addition, strange activity involving ghostly footsteps and doors opening and closing on their own were reported shortly after Sayles death. This activity was said to be being caused by Sayles’ ghost. Reports continued until Reid Hall was slated for demolition and students were moved out of the building beginning in 2006.

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