Ghosts Good Stories Continues
[The Oklahoma, dated Feb. 28, 1972, pg. 13, written by Tom Boone]
Story No. 4 -- Last October Ben Buckland and two other young men moved into the old abandoned Alva General Hospital to act as caretakers and to keep vandals away. Since then, strange things have been happening.
Take the reddish-brown stain, for instance. It is on the floor of what used to be the hospital's operating room. Buckland said he and the others would clean it up, but within a week it would return.
There are no leaks in the ceiling and no way for water to get to the spot. Still, even though it disappears when the floor is mopped, it keeps reappearing in the same shape within a week.
One of the other hospital residents had a stereo tape player, and he turned it on the day they all moved in. The tape broke. he repaired it, and it broke again... And again.
Finally someone suggested maybe the recorder was too loud and was offending the ghosts. One of the fellows turned the volume down and the tape didn't break any more.
In December, Buckland said, the three men were sitting on the hospital porch talking about ghosts. One of them said he could take anything they could dish out so long as they didn't fool around with the shower.
He admitted then that he had a tremendous fear of showers stemming from the time he was three years old and was severely burned when he accidentally turned off the cold water as he was taking a shower.
The next night, as he was dressing to go out on a date, the hot water suddenly came on in his shower. He decided he would move out.
Buckland said he and some other fellows were helping his friend pack a couple of days later. They got to talking about the shower incident, he said, and while they were talking, the shower came on again. Again it was just the hot water.
Buckland doesn't live there anymore, either.
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