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Have you heard the one about the secret society and the kidnapped rock? Jeff Provine’s ghost tour will tell all.

Carmen Forman October 19th, 2011

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Warning, Normanites: One University of Oklahoma instructor will be revealing all of the ghosts on campus, and they’re nowhere near as friendly as Casper.

For the third year in a row, Jeff Provine (pictured), founder and leader of “OU’s Mysterious and Macabre Norman,” will lead a walking tour of the college’s spirits.

More than seven ghost stories, having to do with various campus landmarks, are told on the free, 80-minute tour. They include an organ-playing ghost, once a professor; an accidentally beheaded youngster; the 1973 exorcism at the old Tri- Delt sorority house; and a false legend about the ghost of rocker Jimi Hendrix.

Tours begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, starting at the northeast entrance of Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center, 540 Parrington Oval.

Provine started the event in 2009 after a European backpacking trip, during which he went on a number of ghost tours. When he returned, a friend suggested he do the same at OU.

“Just out of curiosity, I started looking into it, and there are loads of stories,” said Provine, whose favorite stop is at Ellison Hall, a former infirmary where he said a boy died in a roller-skating accident in the 1930s. “The reason I like it so much, Ellison is a weird, creepy building. They have lots of problems with their motion-detector lights flipping on when no one is around, and the elevators always break down.”

While the tours are free, donations benefit Children’s Advocacy Centers of Oklahoma.

For more information, visit jeffprovine.com/oumm.html. —Carmen Forman

 
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