Tillie’s Last Walk
On the evening of April 8, 1886, 18-year-old Matilda Smith, known to her friends as “Tillie,” is having a lively night out at the local dance hall with a close girlfriend. Tillie has just begun a new job as a potato peeler at Centenary Collegiate Institute (known as Centenary College today), where she is also a boarder. The girls who live in the Centenary are expected to be back by curfew, which is set strictly for 10:00 PM. But Tillie has found a way around that rule. Worried that she might miss curfew, Tillie has asked James Titus, the quiet, married, mild-mannered Centenary College janitor, to leave the back door of the building unlocked for her, in case she’s running late. Tillie is last seen at 10:10 PM, making her way to the back door of the building by the man who walked her home from the dance hall. The next morning, her lifeless body is found in a field bordering the Centenary College. She has been brutally murdered. Her story captures the attention of newspapers all over the US and the community demands that a killer be brought to justice. It’s not long before James Titus is arrested and found guilty of her murder.
As the years go by, students of Centenary College begin to report strange events—doors opening and closing, lights flickering, and even sightings of a “woman in white” wandering the campus. In 2013, a paranormal investigation led by David Rountree and Tracy Ray uncover a presence on the campus, and clues that suggest Tillie Smith was not killed by James Titus…but someone else. Is Tillie still haunting the halls of her school still seeking justice for her death?SUBMIT A TIP
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