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. Today, it is claimed that Sayles' handprints can still be seen, preserved with varnish on the Reid Hall door upon which he fell dying in 1959.



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