ON OCTOBER 30, WE DISCOVERED

HIS NAME IS

WALTER QUICK

WALTER WAS FIRST IDENTIFIED IN A 2011 OUIJA BOARD SESSION. HIS NAME RESURFACED WHEN PSYCHIC MEDIUM MELISSA PEIL VISITED OUR SPACE ON OCTOBER 30, 2013. HER READINGS IDENTIFIED WALTER AS THE MAN IN THE FEDORA THAT SEVERAL McKINNEY EMPLOYEES HAVE SEEN ROAMING THROUGHOUT THE REED AND STRICKLAND BUILDINGS SINCE 2004. HIS PRESENCE IS ALSO ATTRIBUTED TO FLEETING SHADOWS AND UNEXPLAINABLE FEELINGS OF BEING WATCHED. TO DATE, NO OFFICIAL RECORDS FOR WALTER QUICK HAVE BEEN FOUND. HOWEVER, RECORD RETENTION IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY WAS NOT AS THOROUGH AS IT IS TODAY.

THAT’S OUR THEORY, AT LEAST.
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WHO’S HAUNTING McKINNEY.

THE AMERICAN TOBACCO CAMPUS

Welcome to the American Tobacco Campus. A sprawling complex of industrial structures from a bygone era, built in the heart — and as the heart — of downtown Durham, N.C.

This site served for over a century as the lifeblood of the entire tobacco industry and was an important place for many people, including the thousands of men, women and even children who spent long days here as workers.

Some people believe that the spirits of those who pass on can cling to, or leave impressions on, the places that mean the most to them.

Perhaps, while this campus finds new life as a center of modern creativity and commerce, its new residents cross paths with those of its past from time to time.

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INTERVIEW

SUBJECTS: Wade Lewis & Suzanne Moore

DATE OF OCCURRENCE: 2004

NOTES: While working in the building around 2:30 a.m., Wade Lewis, the studio art manager at McKinney, watched someone or something enter an unopened elevator. With Suzanne Moore, senior producer, he began to search for answers.

INTERVIEW

SUBJECT: Ben Eckerson

DATE OF OCCURRENCE: December 11, 2007

NOTES: For the holiday season, Ben Eckerson planned on setting a Guiness Record for most days spent in an inflatable snow globe, here in the McKinney offices. The nights spent alone here were decidedly less cheerful.

INTERVIEW

SUBJECT: Beth McKnight & Megan Wade

DATE OF OCCURRENCE: July 2010

NOTES: Digital team manager Beth McKnight and interactive producer Megan Wade spent a Saturday in the building and were disturbed by the smell of someone smoking inside. They finally confronted the culprit.

EVIDENCE

GATHERED BY: WHM Team

DATE OF OCCURRENCE: September 26, 2013

NOTES: "Shave and Haircut…" test. KII EMF meters measure electromagnetic frequency. Listen closely and watch for the hits when Jordan asks if anybody wants to play along.

EVIDENCE

GATHERED BY: WHM Team

DATE OF OCCURRENCE: September 26, 2013

NOTES: Joe conducts an EVP session in presentation theater. Of the four people present in the building at the time, no one heard any sound other than Joe’s voice in the room.

EVIDENCE

GATHERED BY: WHM Team

DATE OF OCCURRENCE: September 26, 2013

NOTES: An EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) session upstairs by Studio elicits an audible response.

EVIDENCE

GATHERED BY: WHM Team

DATE OF OCCURRENCE: September 26, 2013

NOTES: "Shave and Haircut..." test 2. An attempt to contact specific entities, “Charles Nye” and “Walter Quick,” produces substantial audio and KII activity.

EVIDENCE

GATHERED BY: WHM Team

DATE OF OCCURRENCE: September 26, 2013

NOTES: Joe is conducting an EMF sweep with the KII when he picks up something interesting on audio.

EVIDENCE

GATHERED BY: WHM Team

DATE OF OCCURRENCE: October 4, 2013

NOTES: During a remote recording session, an audible crash is heard in the cafe in downstairs Reed building. This was at approximately 1AM. No one was in the building at the time.

EVIDENCE

GATHERED BY: WHM Team

DATE OF OCCURRENCE: October 24, 2013

NOTES: Scott and Michelle whistle nursery rhymes and roll a ball, inviting spirits to come and play. The KII EMF meter jumps consistently throughout, and footsteps and bangs are heard by the back door.

HISTORY

SUBJECT: American Tobacco History

DATES: 1847 - present

NOTES: A monument to industry, and a temple to Durham’s tobacco past, the American Tobacco Campus has a storied history spanning over 100 years, boom and bust, disrepair and rejuvenation. Find out how the once great factory complex rose to prominence, only to fall and be reborn as a place to live, work and be entertained.

HISTORY

SUBJECT: Reed History

DATES: 1902

NOTES: Reed constitutes the oldest part of McKinney’s offices, and it is no surprise that the majority of reports of paranormal activity have come in this former warehouse. Find out more about this century old building and the varied roles it has played, from a tobacco warehouse to a hub of creativity.

HISTORY

SUBJECT: Strickland History

DATES: 1947

NOTES: One of the later additions to the complex, the Strickland Redrying Plant was built in the heyday of production at American Tobacco. Discover the history of this building at the heart of the campus.

HISTORY

SUBJECT: Sanborn Maps

DATES: 1902 - 1950

NOTES: Sanborn Maps were first published by the Sanborn Company to estimate fire insurance liabilities. Today they not only provide historical reference, but also are frequently used in preservation or restoration efforts. See how American Tobacco grew from 1902-1950 with this series of Sanborn Maps.

HISTORY

SUBJECT: National Historic Register Nomination

DATES: 2000

NOTES: American Tobacco first received National Historical Register status in 1985 from the National Park Service. Prior to renovations, the historical status was updated and more of the newer buildings were added to the register. This document is the historical information included in the preservation application, as prepared by Longleaf Historical Resources.

HISTORY

SUBJECT: Scenes From The Past

DATES: 1954

NOTES: Two scenes of daily operations at an American Tobacco Factory in the mid-50s. (Source: "Sold American!" – The First Fifty Years. The American Tobacco Company, 1954.)

HISTORY

SUBJECT: Scenes From The Past

DATES: 1938

NOTES: Two scenes from the factory floor in the mid-30s. (Source: Flannagan, Roy C. The Story Of Lucky Strike. New York World's Fair Edition. Richmond: 1938.)

HISTORY

SUBJECT: Scenes From The Past

DATES: 1953

NOTES: A mid-century cigarette machine. (Source: Flannagan, Roy C., and Pat Flannagan Hooker. The Story Of Lucky Strike. American Tobacco Company, 1953.)

HISTORY

SUBJECT: American Tobacco Company Annual Report

DATES: 1946

NOTES: Selections of this document, which were distributed to investors in American Tobacco, include a list of officers at the time and a memorial observance of company president George Washington Hill who pioneered the Lucky Strike brand and its advertisements. (Source: American Tobacco Company, Inc. Annual. New York, NY: American Tobacco Company, 1946.)

EVIDENCE

GATHERED BY: McKinney Employees

DATES: 10/06/11

NOTES: Ouija Session 1. Prompted by hearing Wade and Suzanne's experience, some McKinney employees use Ouija board to make contact with a spirit calling himself Charles Nye, who has a story to tell about himself and another man named Walter Quick.

*See PDF attachment for further comments.

EVIDENCE

GATHERED BY: McKinney Employees

DATES: 10/06/11

NOTES: Ouija Session 2. A second session makes contact with the spirit of a young girl whose story may be related to Charles and Walter's.

*See PDF attachment for further comments.

EVIDENCE

GATHERED BY: McKinney Employees

DATES: 10/06/11

NOTES: Ouija Session 3. This session contacts a spirit who never identifies herself, but who seems to have knowledge of Walt, of "LALAMOA" and of Wade's experience in the building.

*See PDF attachment for further comments.

EVIDENCE

GATHERED BY: McKinney Employees

DATES: 10/06/11

NOTES: Ouija Session 4. During the final session of the night, some disconcerting contact may have been made with the entity that calls itself "LALAMOA."

*See PDF attachment for further comments.

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