THE STORY: The first spirit is reported to haunt the Gilcrease Museum, which was established a number of years ago thanks to Thomas Gilcrease. The Gilcrease Museum houses one of the world's most extensive and renowned collections of Native American and Western art and artifacts. After his death in 1962, the philanthropist's ghost has been seen and heard haunting the museum. Perhaps he just loved the place so much that he never wanted to leave. Seen all over the estate, the philanthropist ghost often spends time in the gardens, which was his favorite place during his life time. Other reports tell of ghostly children that continue to roam upon these historic grounds. Ghost investigators have obtained electronic voice recordings of a woman singing, the sounds of men arguing, and strange whispers. Other phenomena reported by staff and guests include loud banging noises coming from the second floor of the museum, major temperature fluctuations, doors slamming by themselves, unexplainable technical malfunctions, and items that mysteriously disappear only to show up later in a strange place that it obviously does not belong. Some estimate that there as many as seven different spirits remaining on the property, all of which are reportedly harmless and linger only because they like it. It has been reported that the museum has an unsually high turnover among night security personnel, who have reported most of the sightings. Not surprisingly, Gilcrease has also been spotted lingering at the Tulsa Historical Society, which was once his home. EVIDENCE: Anecdotal. LINK: History and Haunting of the Gilcrease Museum
THE STORY: The second spirit who is said to linger in Tulsa is that of the famed opera singer, Enrico Caruso (born Naples, February 25, 1873 – died Naples, August 2, 1921). Caruso was was an Italian opera tenor of tremendous international renown and a key pioneer in the field of recorded music. According to local legend, the tenor died of pleurisy just one year after an open-air carriage ride on a cold and wet Oklahoma day. According to Caruso's wife Dorothy, his state of health began a distinct downward spiral in late 1920 while on a lengthy North American tour. Caruso's manager Edward Bernays blamed his illness on the unlucky stop in Tulsa and it is said that his ghost still haunts the Brady Theater in retribution for causing his demise. The Brady Theatre is reportedly home to a second spirit, that of a workman who fell off a ladder and died. People have heard noises, footsteps, and employees have found ladders and other objects displaced. The Brady Theater, located at 105 W. Brady St., Tulsa, Oklahoma, is also known as The Old Lady on Brady. Originally named the Tulsa Convention Hall, the theatre was Tulsa'a first large auditorium. Detained African-Americans were brought here during the Tulsa Race Riot. One story is that the theatre was a holding area to keep African-American refugees safe, but instead it was a trap. According to the story some victims were tortured, burned and buried in the walls and floors of the Brady Theatre. Built in 1914. It is listed on National Register of Historic Places. EVIDENCE: Anecdotal. While there is photographic evidence of African-Americans being escorted in the theatre, there is no evidence that anyone was tortured, killed or buried in the theatre.
THE STORY: Four children died playing chicken on these tracks. Some believe that if you park your car in this location, the ghosts of the children will push your car off the tracks. They’ll leave dirty handprints on your car. EVIDENCE: Anecdotal. This story is likely a local import of another urban legend.
THE STORY: Footsteps are heard coming from the costume room. There are strange scratch marks on the wall in the basement. EVIDENCE: Since Spotlight Theatre faces the Arkansas River, it’s probably river rats.
SOUTH TULSA RESIDENCE
THE STORY: There is said to be a stretch of haunted highway in Oklahoma, where Highway 20 runs just east of Claremore, Oklahoma. In the winter of 1965, a woman named Mae Doria offered a ride to a young boy who was hitchhiking along that road. Upon reaching Pryor, Oklahoma the boy asked to be let out of the car in an area where there were no houses around. When Mrs. Doria asked him where he lived, he simply replied "over there". She looked to see where he meant and when she turned back, he was gone! She immediately stopped the car and looked all around, thinking that he might have jumped out, but he was nowhere to be found. Ironically, about 2 years later, she was talking to a man about strange experiences. When she mentioned this phantom hitchhiker, he knew immediately just where she was talking about. He had heard about the phantom boy being picked up along Highway 20 since 1936. EVIDENCE: Anecdotal. The vanishing hitchhiker is an frequently repeated urban legend with local variations throughout the United States. LINK: http://www.snopes.com/horrors/ghosts/vanish.asp
THE STORY: The eyes of some of the statues will follow you, and some of the heads will actually turn. There are strange lights go up and down the halls, late in the evenings. EVIDENCE: Anecdotal.
WILL ROGERS HIGH SCHOOL
THE STORY: According to reports, in the auditorium at the school witnesses have seen a man in a white tux walk around on stage and backstage. Some witnesses also reported seeing a small person also in white in the auditorium. Many sightings at the school have been reported by the school janitor and students that stayed late for events or detention. The reported ghost in the white tux is suppose to be that of Dr. Carl Barnett, the band director who had the heart attack while conducting Bach's "Come, Sweet Death." His death occurred on April 23, 1974. He was 59 years old, and it was his first and last performance of that musical composition. Visitors must arrange in advance for a pass to tour the school. EVIDENCE: Anecdotal. LINK: www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/onstage.asp
EAST EASTON PLACE
THE STORY: At East Easton Place in Tulsa Oklahoma in the Autumn, between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., the spirit of a little boy has been seen running barefoot down this street. According to legend, sometimes you can hear him scream. This street is near a closed Kmart. EVIDENCE: Anecdotal.
THE STORY: The Tulsa Little Theatre, located in an unassuming brick building at 15th and Delaware Streets in Tulsa, Oklahoma is not only steeped in history, but is also said to be home to several unearthly guests. The Tulsa Little Theatre was constructed in 1932 at the intersection of 15th and Delaware in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2004, Bryce and Sunshine Hill purchased the property and began a massive restoration process that took 14 months to complete. The new owners sought to restore the building to be as close as possible to the point of when it was built in 1932. The Law Office of Bryce A. Hill is now using the Front building as their law office. In addition to having a renovated new look and a brand new owner, the old theatre still retains a part of its past – most notably a couple of spirits that are said to have been hanging around the building for years. Near the curtains on the old stage, a strange ball of light has often been seen bobbing around. Others on stage have reported seeing something standing behind them before mysteriously vanishing. Yet even more report having been touched by unseen hands and hearing strange noises coming from back stage when no one is there. According to the legend, a one time play director during the theatre’s heydays, died during a performance. Are these the signs of a director who has not yet finished his productions? Others allege that the spirit of a little girl is also said to lurk within the confines of the historic theatre. Employees of the law office also tell a number of odd occurrences within the building, including supplies that go missing and lights that turn on and off of their own accord. EVIDENCE: The Tulsa Little Theatre was investigated by the PITT (Paranormal Investigation Team of Tulsa) on October 11, 2002. LINK: Tulsa Little Theatre.
THE STORY: Sparky's Graveyard is located between Harvard & Yale on 91st right in front of Jenks Middle school in Tulsa. It is a African American graveyard. When Tulsa was first built, the North side of town was wealthy and the South side was poor. The graveyard is said to be haunted by a Headless Indian. The locals have named him "Sparky". Many people have seen him. EVIDENCE: Anecdotal.
THE STORY: According to the legend, Murdoc's Mansion was located in Tulsa near Sheridan & 111th. There was once a mansion located there where many strange happenings occurred. There were rumors of Devil worship. The mansion was eventually destroyed in a fire. All that was left was a empty swimming pool, tennis court, the fireplace & part of the staircase. Rumors of Devil worship at the site drew teenagers and visitors to to the ruins. Subsequently police intervened though tresspassers would continue to visit the site. It was said that was you stepped foot in the property an eerie feeling would come over you. Witnesses who claim to have visited the site said that after only five minutes into the forest and all the sudden they would get spooked and try to go back to the car and would get tunnel vision and be lost for some time. Some reported fainting. It was later the site of an Albertson's (now Food Pyramid). EVIDENCE: Anecdotal. No further reports of haunting have subsequently been reported by store employees.
THE STORY: In 1944 Tulsa Police found two women apparently under some kind of hypnotic spell living in the basement of another woman's home. The home owner, Carolann Smith, 45, subsequently received a short prison term. The two young women, Nell Willetta Horner, 30, and Virginia Evans, 31, who had been forced to live in an unheated basement of the house at 10 E. 21st St. and to turn over their paychecks to Smith. The women were led to believe that they would receive great reward for living in crates and turning over all of their money to Carol Ann Smith, the woman keeping them there. According to legend, during the Depression, Smith lost her husband to suicide (He managed to shoot himself in the back of the head). Smith was living off her husband’s and father’s life insurance. After her husband’s death, she found the two roommates that lived in her basement as “religious slaves” for eight years. They worked for PSO and gave Smith their paychecks. Shortly after the roommates moved in, Smith’s housekeeper wandered into the street and was struck by a car and died. Smith, who took out a life insurance policy on her housekeeper, now had a third insurance policy to live off. The "Hex House" was a favorite site for young Tulsans to visit on Halloween for years after the case was settled. Anecdotal reports of apparitions were rumored. But the house was torn down in 1975 and the site became the parking lot for the Akdar Shrine. The Shrine later moved to 27th Street and Sheridan Road and its old site -- where the Hex House had been -- became the site of apartments. Police and reporters may have believed the house had the makings of a Halloween mystery at one time. But today there are no ghosts or any ties with the occult at the apartment complex. EVIDENCE: No paranormal activity is associated with this location, however there is verification of the historical events related in the story. According to police reports, Smith planned to kill the roommates and collect the insurance money. There was a file on the Hex House at the main Tulsa Library, but it has been stolen. LINK: Tulsa World Police Report.
THE STORY: Bob Wills (1905-1975), a country and western signer of "Take Me Back To Tulsa" fame, is believed to haunt Cain's Ballroom. Other patrons have claimed to see a lady in red. Cain's janitor, Sharon, reported seeing an apparition of a cowboy. On February 28, 2003 psychic consultants Eric Beese and Jonathan Jett claimed to have encountered a woman named Joan from the 50s, with a drinking problem and also sensed a male energy walking back & forth across the stage. Cold spots and orbs have also been reported during a paranormal investigation. EVIDENCE: While most evidence is anecdotal, with the FOX23 News Team present, a paranormal investigation of Cain's Ballroom was cnducted in 2003. LINK: Paranormal investigation of Cain’s Ballroom.