Hey, /x/. I got a spooky mystery. Maybe you can help me solve it.
The following is a first-hand account that someone told me of an occurrence they had in the UT Tower's elevator.
I live in Austin, TX. A few months ago, I was working for a local sandwich shop downtown. Had this one lady who comes in often. Very nice and normal person. (early 30's, I think)
We would always have conversations.
One day we she had said that she used to work for UT (University of Texas) and told me about her experience in UT Tower's elevator.
One day, she was running an errand to deliver some papers or something to one of the floors in the UT Tower.
She took the elevator, of course.
She pressed the button of the floor she needed but, apparently pressed the wrong one. The elevator started taking her to a different floor.
It reached it's stop at one of the floors closer to the top.
Something wasn't right. The elevator stopped and the doors opened. Only for a moment, she could see that this room was empty. No people, not much furniture (if any) and no lights on. It was an empty, dark room.
However, she didn't have time to analyze much because as soon as the doors opened to this strange floor, she felt like she couldn't breathe. She said it felt like someone had taken the oxygen out of the air. The elevator's emergency phone had started ringing but she wasn't able to answer it because she was trying not to pass out as her suffocation forced her crouching to the floor gasping.
All of a sudden, the doors closed, the phone stopped ringing, the elevator started moving and she could breathe again.
She went to where she was supposed to go and finished her errand, too spooked and confused to talk to anyone about what she had just experienced.
Now, I'm a pretty skeptical guy when it comes to "paranormal" stuff , but I got all spooked and my heart rate went up when she told me this.
So, what the fuck happened to her in there, /x/?!
I asked her what she thought happened and she alluded to the possibility that it may have been some secret, restricted, government thing or maybe it had to do with some weird top secret experiment/research.
She said something like "There are some pretty 'high-up' people who work for UT and there's some weird stuff that goes on there, so you never know".
She also speculated that it may have had something to do with the famous UT Tower shooting that happened back in the 60's that everyone from Austin knows about.
On August 1, 1966, a man named Charles Whitman brought a bunch of guns to the campus shortly after murdering his wife and mother. He then "shot and killed three people inside the university's tower and eleven others after firing at random from the 28th-floor observation deck".
Maybe she came across one of the rooms where the shooting took place? I doubt that this is the case, though. You would think that someone would restore the rooms and and make them functional again after almost 50 years.
Also, since i know that this is going to come up, I don't believe in ghosts and I don't that anything "supernatural" happened.
Any other Austinfags heard anything else spooky about The Tower or about UT in general?
UTfag here. I've never heard anything spooky going on in the tower, but you might be interested in the tunnel system beneath the school. I think I heard that it was the way they got to the tower without being shot to take out Whitman. They're not open to the public, but some urban explorers weaseled their way in. Might interest you?
Urban explorers who broke into the tunnels a few years back found this code etched into some pipes.
P D G H M P D G
P H M W M L Y W O
O F F 6 I M U S S G
P - Forgive me
I've actually heard about these tunnels before. Very interesting.
I'm out of the country for the next 3 months or so. But when I get back, I'd like to explore them along with the elevator at some point.
Do you know of any entrances or ways that people get in?
Honestly, no one talks about them much past the offhand mention and I haven't convinced my friends to go looking with me yet. UE had some info (http://www.urbanexplorers.net/utility-tunnels/university-of-texas-austin.html), and the UT and UE subreddits (ew) had a little info, but idk much beyond that. Apparently there's some old dnd/dwarf fortress graffiti from way back when that sounds interesting.
Old map snagged from old thread. Legend below written by old OP:
Blue lines are more or less "measured"—I walked the tunnels and counted paces—whereas purple lines are drawn from memory.
Entrances are deliberately not marked.
Red X's signify 24-hour security, alarmed doors, motion detectors, and other trouble spots—but this information is 10 years old, so proceed with caution.
Yellow dots signify "dead ends" that I hit while exploring, usually in the form of locked gates that I couldn't get past. Breaking and entering is not recommended, y'all.
Pink stars are other trespassing wins, like infiltrating the stadium or standing on the roof of Bass Concert Hall.
I'm starting at UT this semester. I haven't heard anything weird about the tower - other than the shooting, of course. I have heard of the tunnels before, though. I might also be interested in checking them out.
Hell yeah, let's do it. I've already been making plans on how to map-out the tunnels. I already have the gear and tech, too.
I really want to figure out this whole elevator thing, though.
And like I said, I'm out of the country and will be back in 3 months.
Her story reminds me of something this American engineer lectured on. He was one of guys who claim underground cities exist and are being constructed under the oceans now (10-20 years ago). He told a story of how he was deep down in a mine or some shit, and they accidentally found one of those bases. Complete darkness and air that was unfit to breathe, he described it.
Of course he allegedly committed suicide and left no note only months after going public with all the stuff he had.
>I live in Austin, TX
Go tell Ghost to get his show back
The lines do not appear to be individual words of a simple cipher. For example, there are no normal words (none I have ever heard of in my entire life) that have 10 letters, where letters 2 and 3 are the same and letters 8 and 9 are the same, so "OFF6IMUSSG" is not one word. I ran it through a scrabble word list.
The interesting parts are the third line where there are two double-letter sequences (FF, SS), and the last line with a single letter P.