Written by Ryan Wilzoch and Nathan Palermo
Photo submitted by Ryan Wilzoch
Nearly 50 years ago Kent State University endured a tragedy when the National Guard fired upon protesting students, killing four students. Today, most Kent students know the story of May 4, 1970 or have toured the May 4th Memorial in Taylor Hall. However, room 117 of Prentice Hall may have an untold story of its own.
As an incoming freshman Lauren Nervo, a December 2016 graduate who studied early childhood education, was prepared to share her personal space with a roommate, but she didn’t expect a third presence to be living among them during her time at Kent State.
“It was the first week, there was pounding on the wall, and we had been joking the whole time while moving in how our room was probably haunted,” Nervo says.
Only for Nervo, it wasn’t a joke. She and her roommate Molly lived in Prentice Hall room 117 — the room that overlooked Allison Krause’s memorial. Krause, one of the four who died during the May 4 shooting, believes she may have the explanation behind these peculiar events.
It started as a gentle thump on the wall, and a joke that turned eerie.
“We kept telling ourselves it wasn’t haunted but then weird stuff kept happening and we were convinced,” Nervo says.
Books fell when there was no reason. Lights would flicker and turn on without anyone touching the switch. Whenever her name was spoken in the room, it seemed Krause would make her presence known.
This continued for the two years Nervo and her roommate lived in room 117 of Prentice Hall. They felt their room was a “prime spot” because of its location in the center of campus and dealing with her mischief was worth it.
Friends would stop coming over by day in fear of another scheme by Krause, and unexplained events kept happening at night.
“Our fan fell over one night,” Nervo says. “The front of it flew off and the blade split in half.”
Perhaps the strangest thing about these events, Nervo says, is that every year on May 4 the room fell silent.
“It was always quiet on that day,” Nervo says. “I was shocked by that.”
These possible hauntings left Nervo with questions: Is the spirit of Allison Krause haunting the room, or was it just an odd coincidence? Half the fun may be not knowing.
Now that you know Nervo’s story, tell us yours, have you ever felt like you weren’t alone? Tell us on twitter using the hashtag #HauntKent.