Cadet Mike Morrison ’20 recently wrote to us with a couple of his own ghost stories, based on experiences he’s had while at VMI. Read, in his own words, the details of his supernatural tales:
“The night of the incident was during my 3rd Class Year in I believe January. I lived in a 5 man room in Old Barracks, the room right beside the Sally Port Staircase, which is a large, extensive room. It was after Taps on a very cold night, and all my roommates were doing their own thing – two were out studying late, one was already asleep, and the other had just left to go shower. I was doing my evening ritual of Netflix watching, unaware of anything going on around me, because why should I have been? After about 15min of being gone, my roommate who went to shower returned. I heard him enter and then stop in his tracks, so I glanced over to see why he stopped. He was looking in my direction with a very strange stare, and slowly made his way forward to me in the back of the room. As he came forward to my desk, he kept the same perplexed look on his face as he reached me. I took my headphones off and said to him, “What’s wrong? Why do you have that look on your face?” He then told me that when he entered the room, there was a black figure, standing at the empty desk perpendicular to mine, not only looking at me, but leaning towards me as well. He said as he approached my desk, the apparition slowly dissipated, until disappearing completely once he reached my desk in the back of the room. I had been so focused on my Netflix that I didn’t even consider taking my eyes off the screen, so his observation was completely believable. Immediately feeling a strange presence in the room, me and my roommate who saw the apparition immediately decided to turn in for the night and pushed our hays together for extra security.
The next day, a just as strange event occurred. A friend of mine who happened to be passing my room stopped me and asked, “did y’all have a late night last night?” Confused, but remembering the incident, I replied, “no…why?” He then said he got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, around 3 in the morning, and while passing our room to get to the bathroom, he heard a loud, static like noise emanating from our room. He mentioned how our shade was down so he couldn’t see into the room if a television was on or something, but said it sounded exactly like the static that an old TV makes when not connected to a channel. I told him that we have no TVs of the sort in our room, nor were any of my roommates up that late last night.
Strange but less significant events occurred as the year went on. Multiple times through the later times in the year, me and my roommates would ALL wake up at the SAME time in the middle of the night and all look at each other confused as to why all of us just woke up. Other times I would swear I heard someone say my name in the middle of the night, only to look around and find all my roommates asleep. This name calling also happened to my roommates at different times, who all said that whenever they’d hear their name and wake up to it, everyone else would always be asleep.”
If you or someone you know has a VMI ghost story they would like to share with us then please feel free to e-mail MAJ Carroll or stop by the Service Desk at Preston Library!
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