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Not all ghosts are scary. Visits from late loved ones can bring us comfort, or serve as gentle warnings.
Then again, those of us who have seen our dearly departed often see those scary ghosts, too.
Stacey has encountered both beautiful visits from her late brother, and chilling interactions with something far more sinister.
Episode Show Notes
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Oklahoma is a lot more haunted than many realize, and since both our guest, Stacey Short, and our host Diana hail from that state, we need to pay the good ol’ OK its proper due.
Oklahoma University, in fact, is so haunted it has its own official, free, ghost tour! Planning on going to Oklahoma any time soon? Check this out! You may just see the ghost of the Roller Skating Boy.
Diana (like our Season 1, Episode 13 guest, Kamila) chose her college based on a yearning to live somewhere spookier, yet (unlike Kamila) never witnessed any interesting paranormal events while in college. If only she’d known all this haunted glory was less than 2 hours from her childhood home, she may have chosen OU instead.
(Just kidding. Diana chose to go to school in New Orleans which is infinitely more haunted, but still….)
Why do ghosts hang out in closets?
Our Season 1, Episode 4 guest, Ren, also had a Closet of Doom which seemed possessed by something similar to what Stacey encountered. Why does this seem to be a common theme? And why are children naturally afraid of closets?
Since ghosts tend to get stuck in corners, perhaps they have a tendency to get doubly-stuck in closets, where all four corners tend to be close to one another. American folklore is full of examples of a belief that weaker ghosts hang out in corners of rooms, either because they become trapped, or because it’s more comfortable for them to have two walls to hang onto. Notably, these stories tend to assume the ghosts are also in the upper recesses of the corner, where they can also touch the ceiling.
In fact, also in the midwest is the Stickney House, in Bull Run, Illinois outside of Chicago. The Stickneys designed their house to have no sharp edges, anywhere. The couple wanted spirits to be able to move freely within their home—and leave again. Learn more about this interesting home here.
About Stacey Short
Stacey Short is a podcaster and co-host of Help! I’m Adulting and I Can’t Give Up! and also the host of A Few Short Minutes Facebook Lives. You can find her on Facebook or Instagram if you’d like to reach out!
Until next time, have a spooky day!