Reid Hall Murder

A pair of varnished handprints preserved on Reid Hall door are a grim reminder of a crime that occurred there over 40 years ago. On the night of May 9, 1959, Reid Hall RA Roger Sayles was shot and killed while attempting to break up a quarrel between two men in the Hall. According to accounts of the crime, the dying Sayles fell bleeding onto a nearby door, leaving two bloody handprints. His assailant fled to a phone booth on the second floor of Ogden Hall where he ended his own life with a shot through the head. It is claimed that Sayles' handprints could be seen, preserved with varnish on the Reid Hall door upon which he fell dying in 1959.  Reid Hall was torn down in 2008 to make way for the Farmer School of Business.