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The Grey Lady - A True Story

The Grey Lady is a real ghost that haunts Willard Library in Evansville Indiana. The first sighting of the Grey Lady ghost in Willard Library happened in 1937. At 3 AM, the night janitor at the children’s library entered the basement to check the furnace. He was so startled by what he saw that he dropped his flashlight. It was the ghostly figure of an old lady, clothed in a long grey dress, a grey shawl, grey shoes and a grey hat and veil. As he watched, the figure dissolved into the shadows. The night janitor was so freaked out that, soon afterwards, he quit his job.

The Grey Lady

The library hired another janitor to replace him. When the new janitor went into the basement at night, he too began catching glimpses of the ghost. It wasn’t long before he quit his job as well.

Ever since then, the ghost has been spotted a number of times. Many people who visit the library also report sudden cold spots, unexplained noises, faucets turning on and off on their own, doors opening and closing by themselves and the overpowering smell of perfume. Others have noticed books and furniture being moved around and have felt an invisible touch on their hair or earrings.

A 3 year old boy was wandering around the library. Suddenly, he came running back to his mother. He was very upset and his eyes were wide with fright. When she asked him what was wrong, he told her he had seen a scary lady dressed all in grey.

Several sightings were reported by employees who saw the Gray Lady lurking around the book shelves. One of the librarians was going by some book stacks, when she stopped suddenly. The Grey Lady was standing right in front of her. The librarian looked away for a second and when she looked back again, the ghost had vanished. Another librarian went home one night and was surprised to see the ghost standing in her living room, waiting for her. 

Who is the grey lady and Why does she haunt the library? Some believe that it is the ghost of a woman named Sarah Carpenter. Her father, Willard Carpenter was the founder of the library and, when he died, he left all his money to the library. His daughter Sarah was left out of the will and never recieved any inheritance. They say that she held a grudge against the library all her life and when she died, her restless spirit returned to haunt it. Others claim that it is the ghost of a woman who drowned herself on the property before the library was built.



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