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Kemper Hall is the complex of an Episcopal college in Kenosha, WisconsinUnited States which began with an Italianate mansion and was expanded with various wings and buildings in Gothic Revival style.
A black robe floats in the freezing water. A young girl stands on the lakeshore rocks, cold hands shoved deep in her pockets, and squints at the unnatural dark mass bobbing below.
Her little brother walks up to her side, their breath cloudy in the winter air. The thing in the water reaches the land below. The black cloth covers something malformed.
The police arrive at the lakeshore minutes after the children tell their mother what was floating in the waters. Days before the discovery, the Sister had been working at Kemper Hall, an Episcopal boarding school for girls on the lakefront.
The mansion had once been the private home of Senator Charles Durkee in but was converted into the school in New wings were built, and the building expanded to include a chapel and rooms for the students and nuns. The striking Gothic revival architecture and the scenic lakeshore grounds made the Hall a landmark in Kenosha. The legend, which has never been verified, is that the Sister came to work at the school ina young woman newly out of the seminary.
Her behavior began to degenerate quickly, a sort of madness taking hold of her mind.
While this alarmed the other sisters, it was not enough to prevent what supposedly happened. The Sister threw herself from the rocks outside Kemper, down into the lake below.
She was reported missing for days, until the children found her. In the century since, sightings of mysterious figures cloaked in blackness have pervaded Kemper Hall, now known as Kemper Center. There are reports of figures appearing in hallways and disappearing when pursued, or more often, just a feeling of being watched.
Sightings often involve apparitions passing by the windows, or dark shadows along the walls. In the echoing halls within the center, visitors report creaking footsteps with no source. Other legends beyond the Sister have sprung up as well, including a nun who fell down the spiraling observatory staircase and a teenage student who jumped from the roof.
The Kenosha News reported that infiction writer David Schmickel took a photo of the scenic grounds and the mansion, and when he developed them, he found unnatural shapes in the windows — he said that he had captured ghosts looking out. The building is no longer a school; today it is a historic site, often used for local arts events, weddings and, as one might expect, a Halloween haunted house tour.
The grounds are open to the public. But you only have to turn to the preeminent horror writer of the same era, H. Some say he is a great warrior and prophet, a man of boundless sight in a world gone blind, a denizen of truth and goodness, a beacon of hope shining bright in this dark world.
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It is January in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the body of a nun lies washed up in the sand. Photo by Archer Parquette Photo by Archer Parquette The legend, which has never been verified, is that the Sister came to work at the school ina young woman newly out of the seminary.
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Photo by Archer Parquette Photo by Archer Parquette Other legends beyond the Sister have sprung up as well, including a nun who fell down the spiraling observatory staircase and a teenage student who jumped from the roof. Archer Parquette Archer is the managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine.
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