Slater Hall can be found on the west side of campus, just across the Iowa River on Grand Avenue in Iowa City, across from Rienow Hall. Slater Hall is right next to the sports campus and health sciences campus and hospital.
DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY:
Slater Hall is a multi-storied, typical, modern brick building resident hall that is found on many college campuses, with housing for 499 students. It is solidly built, and completely air-conditioned for its coed residents. Each floor has its own lounge, with a piano probably on the first floor lounge. It's dining facility is located in Hillcrest Hall. There is easy access to this dining facility, the field House recreational facilities, the computer labs and fitness center, which is a must as Iowa can have nasty weather.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
Some students enter college who are not ready for the pressure of academics, new relationships, etc. and if they are psychologically weak, pressure and emotional upset can push them over the edge.
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A freshman male resident jumped off the ninth floor and killed himself.
The entity of the student:
The entity of this young man has been reported by residents as he walks forlornly around the halls.
Some claim that he is carrying an ax, late at night; a probable embellishment added to scare the younger students.
His footsteps and screams are also heard by the living.
The other legend is a scary tale which I think was drummed up to scare the younger residents. The story tells the tale of a serial killer, known as The Penguin who patrolled the area where the west campus is now located in the 1800s, looking for babies to feast upon, who must have eventually been caught and hung. The legend says that his evil spirit is haunting Slater Hall, reinventing itself in the form of:
A fat R.A. who roams the first floor, looking for freshman to eat.
A menacing entity is roaming the halls, looking for more victims.
Yes, the entity of the young man is still haunting the halls, according to resident eye witnesses. This sad entity who killed himself hasn't found the peace and release he was seeking, and he continues to wander aimlessly around the halls. Suicide creates a lot of restless spirits.
While the axe detail may have been an added embellishment, to scare the younger students, it may be true. If it is true, perhaps this entity wanted to take his misfortune out on others, and regrets not doing so. Perhaps he might of been one of the modern day individuals who have attacked others on campus with a gun before killing themselves. Instead of a gun, perhaps he wanted to knife someone. Luckily, this young man didn't act on this murderous thought, but unfortunately didn't get mental health help in time to save his life.
However, it is likely not to be true, because entities don't change after death, and behave like they did while alive. His entity is still wandering around lost, occasionally reliving his dramatic death.
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