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Is the Lane Community College campus really haunted by a janitor?

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Every year I read at least one article on the Internet that tells of haunted places in Eugene. I have lived in Eugene, Oregon for about 51 years now and can tell you, nothing real exciting ever happens, including ghostly encounters. That’s not entirely true, as I have run in to a full-bodied apparition myself and have “felt” other experiences in the same area that I don’t wish to think about, much less write a whole lot about.

There are several places noted to be haunted in Eugene. One is Lane Community College, where I went to increase my knowledge in the 80s. It seems that in the sixties, we had a janitor who fell to his death in an elevator shaft. At night, people still hear his screams for help and the elevator takes visitors into the dark, gloomy depths of the musty old basement instead of the floors they choose.

I’ve read this same story, exact words repeated, over and over and over again, on many sites. One site even claims to have gone into the LCC campus to “check it out.”

The couple decided to investigate or at least they claim to have gone into the school to see what was up with the ghostly stories. The couple of investigators, known as Steve and Dee Dee and whomever wrote the article, rode the elevator to see if they could encounter the janitor. Apparently, they now know the whole story via the ghost they ran in to. The janitor seemed to get very talkative with these people and they even have a necklace filled with the “energy” from the encounter, if you’re willing to pay the small price of $65.00.

Now, being one who believes in the spirit world having experienced some things myself, I also believe that it’s relatively creepy when you’re taking “energy” from someone who has not crossed over as they should have and sell it to others. I say keep the creepy necklaces and voodoo crap out of my life and bring on the proof.

I investigated this tale as much as I could. I researched the local paper to attempt to locate a story that covered the death of a janitor on the LCC campus in the sixties. There was nothing. Living in Eugene where nothing exciting happens here, this story would have been in the paper.

Knowing the LCC campus, I doubt too if the investigators were allowed to hang out in the elevator if it was giving people rides into the bowels of the school without that being their request. It’s a nice campus and one that would immediately put a stop to elevator rides into the basement.

I was around the town during the sixties and do not recall anyone around me talking about any such story. I was a child, however, and kept that in mind as I did some research.

After several hours of checking up on this story, it is a tale of the macabre, for sure, but not one that happened in Eugene, unless of course, you speak to those who investigated the story and now have the energy saved up in a trinket you can wear around your neck.

There are always tales of haunted places in the towns and cities we live in. Always. All it takes for a rumor to begin is to have one person a bit afraid of things that go bump in the night. Put them in a dark room or a building and watch the magic begin. The human imagination plays all sorts of tricks on the mind. I have seen things at night that I believed happened and yet always had an explanation behind them after investigating to make me laugh at myself. Shadows, items that appear differently in the darkness, sounds that you haven’t heard before can soon become a ghost calling your name, etc.

This story, however fun it may sound on a Halloween night, simply isn’t true. I’ve never heard anyone in Eugene speak of the haunted elevator in the campus area. I have heard people wish hateful things on teachers and staff to get out of class before, but I’ve never heard about a haunted elevator. I’ve been in the LCC campus area and the main building many times. The only thing scary at LCC are the prices of tuition nowadays and the fact that you may have to get into calculus to earn your degree. Other than that, it’s not happening.



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