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Central Methodist College (University)
411 Central Methodist Sq.
Fayette, mo 65248

County: Howard County
GPS: 39.1484906, -92.6841266
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Many of the buildings and dorms on campus are haunted.

HowardPayne Hall (seperated co-ed dorm. originally Howard Payne Female College in the late 1800`s) Howard Payne Hall, or HP for the students attend college at CMU is the most haunted spot on campus. In the winter time around Christmas it is been report that late at night you can see a young lady standing outside the dorm. Although her name is unknown, the report is that one night (early 1900`s) she was returning to her dorm from a long night of studying at the library. As she was walking around the corner of the building towards the entrance, so bricks came loose from the second story wall and fell on her head killing her. (you can still see to this day where the bricks have been patched)
In the 1930`s (when frats. DIDN`T drink) it`s been said that a young man was on the 3rd floor of HP drinking heavily with some friends. When he was told that his frat brothers found out that he was drinking he knew that he would be punished and kicked out the the frat. Being highly intoxicated, he made the quick (and stupid) decission to jump out the open window. He now haunts the 1st floor north wing (the frat. & sorority hall).
The 5th floor of Howard Payne is the best well known. It`s so haunted that the school has actually securly locked the floor off from students. Around Spring finals in the 1940`s there was a young woman about to graduate with a degree in music. The week before finals she hung herself in her dorm room. To this day, nobody knows why she did this. Now in the Spring the week before finals late, late at night you can hear her practicing her Cello. The only people allowed on the 5th floor now are Resident Assistance (the people who walk the floors at night to make sure you`re not drinking). Many of the RAs have said that in the room where this girl killed herself many times the find the door unlocked, the lights on, the water running, the fan all of a sudden kick on, and many strange noises coming from the room. One RA report that as he was leaving the room he turned off the lights and as he looked in the room one last time, he saw the girl hanging from one of the pipes and blood was dripping down the walls. The second he flipped the lights back on, the girl and the blood, was gone.
The Stacks
Located in the Smiley Library on campus, it is said that there is a serial killer trapted in the old archive area of the library known by students as the stacks. It`s said that back in the 1860`s while the school was being rebuilt (due to the Civil War) a black man was running from the athorities who were to exicute him for the crimes of mulitple rapes and murders. He stopped in Fayette to help rebuild the library to make some money before continuing his excape. But while he was in the "stacks" repairing a wall, the wall fell on him crushing all his bones. The man in the stacks is said to mainly be seen and/or felt by female students seeing as that was his number one prey.
Brannock Hall
During the Civil War CMU was greatly occupied by the confederate amry. Almost every building has a Civil War story, but non as sad as Brannock Hall. Now used as the admissions office, during the war it was used as a stable for the generals` horses. A small boy who was a resident of Fayette took care of the stable and the horses. One night while the boy was there late, the stable mysteriously caught fire killing all the horses and the little boy. If you sneek into Brannock Hall late at night it`s been reported that you can hear the horses sometimes you`ll see the little boy running around trying to get his chores done.
Givens Hall
Givens Hall was built on campus as a place for campus visitors to stay. Built at the end of the 1800`s, it is still used to house guest to visit ($20 a night) Many of the old original pictures and furniture are still in the house. Although no one is completely sure about any deaths taking place in the house there have been numerous accounts of people hearing strange sounds at night, the sinks turning on when no one is in the bathroom, voices of adults and children. Each room in the house has it`s own story. If you visit CMU, stop by Givens Hall and stay there for a night... if you can.

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Last updated on : 9/7/2006

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 743     9/8/2006 12:00:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Last Seen: 6/9/2008 2:53:33 PM  
O.K. these things should be limited to 500 words or less.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 5466     9/25/2007 10:45:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Great stories, but...you should spell check!

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 6518     10/29/2007 7:35:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

In the Ra story about seeing the girl the blood was not on the walls it was on her feet. Also there is a girl that haunts holt she dissappeared a while back her body was never found they think that rain waters got her. Anyway some say that when u are in front of the door you can see wet footprints to the door, UNLOCK the door and open it foot prints will be on the other side. I know a girl who lived in that room she says it`s true also she said that if u go into the closet it will fell like water is dripping on you, but there is no water on either the ceiling or the floor

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 70995 ReplyTo# 6518     5/29/2011 11:52:00 PM     Edit          

negative.. thats HP... everyone gets that one messed up

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 7183     11/19/2007 9:31:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I am a student at CMU and i firmly believe that the campus IS haunted. We had a ghost hunter come back around halloween and we had some real life incounters with spirits on the campus. they dont seem to caues anyproblems but it is apparent that they are there.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 68778     3/27/2011 9:55:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Was just scanning through some of the different stories of MO and saw this one. I have never been to the college nor know anything about the hauntings but I can tell you that one of the stories are untrue. The author wrote that in the 1930's there was a frat member that committed suicide because he was going to get in trouble for drinking. Hate to break it to you but even in the 1930's fraternities drank, some more than they do now. Most fraternities were started as drinking societies and later became fraternities.


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I didn't know any of these buildings were haunted except for Givens Hall.  When I was at Central from '73-'75 I lived in Holt Hall and never saw anything as far as paranormal activities.  I had heard when I was there that Little Theater was haunted due to the death of a band director in the late 1800's from a heart attack during a band concert.  People had seem him while they were in the building.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 81808     3/27/2013 4:46:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

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One building that I know of that is haunted is the Little Theater.  I was at CMU from '73-'75 and we were told that a band director had died from a heart attack during a band concert.




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