'Ghost' Turns Out to Be Stranger in the Basement Sept 24, 2013 5:39:48 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Sept 24, 2013 5:39:48 GMT -5
Ohio State University students discover man living in their basement
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The students assumed the locked door in their house's basement went to a utility closet. It turns out it was a full bedroom and had a bathroom – and was being lived in by a cousin of one of the previous year's tenants. Though the newly discovered roommate didn't eat anyone's food, the OSU students are considering legal action against the rental company.
The Ohio State University scholars were convinced specters and spirits had taken over the three-story building after hearing strange noises in the night.
Cupboard and oven doors were mysteriously being left open – and the bizarre sound of "dings" and "knocks" vibrated throughout the property.
"We'd been telling everybody the story about the ghost living in our house," Mark Harman, one of the 14 tenants, told The Lantern.
But after searching the building, he was stunned to discover that what he previously thought was a maintenance cupboard was in fact a secret basement room.
After forcing open the door, they found a lived-in bedroom – complete with double bed, textbooks and photos. They changed the locks and stuck an eviction note on the door.
It later emerged that the mystery roommate was another student named Jeremy who had gained access via his cousin, who had previously lived there.
He had access to a bathroom and a sink but, despite being able to wander around the house at ease, had not stolen any food.
Brett Mugglin, a friend of Harman's, said his pals bore no ill will towards the man. "He was a nice enough guy, he just wasn't supposed to be there," he said.
"It's funny now, but it could have been extremely dangerous given that some random guy had a key to our house and was living in our house without anyone knowing," he added.
The students are now considering legal action against the leasing company.
"They hadn't changed the locks from the year before and the keys don't say 'do not duplicate.' There could be hundreds of people with keys to the house," Harman said.
Source: Lee Moran, The Daily News, September 19, 2013.