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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Is Fresno State’s campus haunted?

Cadavers, a bloody chainsaw and a dismembered body are things that you expect from a horror movie, but little do many students know that they are actually part of Fresno State history.

Some of the upstairs practice rooms in the Music building are rumored to be haunted.

Strong winds and unexpected lightning lit the night sky as DJ Clovis, a senior music performance major, said that he heard strange noises in the music building.

“Some people say that they hear voices or whistling in the practice rooms,” Clovis said.

There are other buildings on campus that hold some surprising tools used for studying.

Some classes held in Mclane Hall require students to work with cadavers. Amanda Lopez, a junior physical therapy major, is taking one of these classes. She said the rooms are always cold and have a morgue-like feel.

Being there alone is not something that she likes to do.

“It’s the whole setting,” Lopez said. “It’s cold and you know the bodies are there and they’re dead. You see all of these movies that bring up things in your head that freaks you out. You know that they are not true, but still.”

Another building that has a creepy story is the Mckee Fisk building.

Greg Lewis, a mass communication and journalism professor, said that late one night he was showing a few people the plaque in memory of Roger Tatarian, just outside of Mckee Fisk.

He stood on the plaque and said, “Hello, Roger.” Just then, the automatic doors behind him opened and closed by themselves.

According to an article written by Donald E. Coleman of the Fresno Bee in October of 1997, there is one professor from Fresno State history who has been referred to as “Jekyll and Hyde.”

Almost 20 years ago, Max Bernard Franc, a former political science professor from Fresno State, was arrested in August of 1988 for the murder of Tracy Leroy Nute.

Police discovered Franc after he rented and returned a chainsaw that was stained with blood, still containing bits of flesh.

He was charged for shooting Nute, and then cutting up the body to get it out of his apartment in west Hollywood. Parts of the body were found in Madera County and Los Angeles County.

If you happen to be on campus and feel a cold chill or your hair stand up, remember that it may be more than just your imagination.

The original story can be found here.


K said...

Wow, this is pretty awesome!

One of my hobbies is walking around (mostly college campuses) at night, and I often go around Fresno State.

I think I might go check out the music buildings too.
Maybe I'll see if I can record a couple of songs in there, too :D

On another note, really awesome blog.
I'm hugely into the paranormal and all the weird things in Fresno, and came across this today while looking up the Tyler Street House and the Poodle Salon.

Keep up the good work.

arkzism said...

Hmm that is pretty crazy also heard rumours of a demon like creature lurking round the dorms

and hey kyte

Michael said...

Hey bryan, I know it's been more than a year since you posted the comment, but do you know which dorm(s) this demon creature is said to roam around? I know people in several of the dorms and they might know something. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

About 2 years ago I was taking music lessons with a current Fresno State music major. He told me he hated walking around upstairs in the practice rooms because there was a girl that had committed suicide there.

I had no idea about this until I told a now ex about it, and he told me he knew the girl and she let him borrow her hat once.

This was the time when University High School was still in portables.