Nine Paranormal Research and Investigations of North Texas (PRINT) investigators conducted an overnight investigation of the Hall of Languages on Saturday, April 24.
The investigators were locked in from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. to see if reports of a spirit or spirits allegedly haunting the building were true.
“The Hall of Languages was the epitome of all that is evil,” PRINT co-founder Chad Miller said.
The second floor experienced little to no activity, while the third floor was the highlight of the night. Reports from University Police Department officers said that the third floor sitting area did used to exist. There use to be a rotunda above the sitting area’s current location and the square space was open all the way to the first floor. The central focus of the activity was near the sitting area.
“I believe this area is the key to all of it,” Miller said. “It feels like this sitting area has its own atmosphere. When you walk into it, it is muggy and you feel top-heavy.”
Nine group members, two press members and two university police officers participated in the investigation. The group members were separated into smaller teams and exchanged posts periodically throughout the night. As each group cycled, different activities began to occur. The first group reported a strange happening on the third floor.
“We could see the shadows of people walking down and the hall and going into the classrooms,” PRINT co-founder Shahnez Ragosino said. “There was a lot of activity.”
During the first investigation, Ragosino felt as if someone was following her. Her frightened reaction, along with the echoing voice of a woman, was caught on tape.
“There are only three women in our group tonight,” Miller said. “All of them are accounted for. I have no idea who that woman is talking in the background.”
Another recording caught the sound of a phonograph playing in the background. These sounds were not audible to the normal human ear. However, a chair being dragged across the floor in a classroom was heard down the third floor hallway. Matthew Key, a reserve, went to investigate.
“I saw a pair of legs walking away,” Key said. “I also felt a cold spot that moved down the hallway, and then it just disappeared.”
Efforts to prompt the ghost to show itself or speak through one of the investigator’s electronic devices drew a visible response in the form of contrails, and white and black masses.
However, after hours of little activity on the third floor, the group decided to pack and leave. Everyone was downstairs when a series of demonic-like screams sounded from the third floor, followed by pounding and banging on the walls and floor.
“We thought it was a car squealing by at first,” investigator Brad Allison said. “However, no one outside heard anything. The noise came from inside above us and it was so loud that it could be heard throughout the entire building.”
The group rushed upstairs and the once-silent electronic device lit up. It lasted a few seconds and stopped.
However, the activity did not stop. Everyone patrolling the hallways reported hearing heavy breathing and seeing a strange light as bright as a flashlight radiating from the other end of the hallway. This was all before a full-body apparition finally appeared between Ragosino and lead investigor D.J. Eichelman for a few seconds.
It wasn’t until the next day that Eichelman replayed more audio and heard more strange noises.
“I ran all my tests and the ‘voices’ are far from being in the human range and I believe to be residual,” he said. “It sounds like a church choir or monks chanting.”
Overall, PRINT found the Hall of Languages worth the hype.
“It did not disappoint at all,” Miller said. “We would love to come back if they will have us. When the press and the police experience everything with you, it just validates what you're trying to accomplish. They'll be talking about this place for years to come.”