The WVUB library in Lexington, Kentucky, has a reputation as one of the most haunted libraries in the country.
It’s not just because of the ghosts.
The library was the site of the assassination of U.S. Senator and Kentucky governor Sam Ervin in 1924.
Ervin was shot in the head during a riot at the library.
The shooting was witnessed by the senator’s daughter, Elizabeth, and her boyfriend, Charles T. Smith, who was a friend of Ervin’s.
Erlin had just finished serving his term and was looking forward to the celebration of his inauguration as governor.
Smith was a lawyer who owned a law firm that handled public records and served on Erlin’s campaign.
After Erlin was shot, he ran to the library and asked the governor to help find the shooter, but Erlin died before he could get there.
Erin’s daughter Elizabeth claimed the library was haunted by the ghosts of her father and the library itself.
“You can’t have him there if you’re going to be there, it just isn’t the same,” Elizabeth Ervin said.
“We’ve heard a lot of things, and we’ve heard stories, but we haven’t had a single person come out and tell us what they heard.”
Ervin had a good reputation among Kentucky residents.
In fact, Ervin made the state’s list of the top 50 states in literacy and had been named one of The Times Literary Supplement’s 100 Most Influential People of the Century.
But many residents have been skeptical about the library’s past, including Elizabeth Erlin.
She and her father had a disagreement about whether Ervin could get to the site, and she refused to let Ervin use the library to retrieve Ervin, saying it was too dangerous.
Ertin and his wife, who worked as a nurse in a nursing home, had a falling out.
Elizabeth Erwin told the Lexington Herald-Leader that she didn’t want Ervin to use the WVC library and that she was told Ervin couldn’t even go into the library if he wanted to.
Erlen and his family didn’t believe her.
In January, Erlin asked Ervin not to use their library.
“They said, ‘No, he’s got to have permission to use it.
You can’t do that.’
I said, well, I’m not going to let him do it,” Erlin said.
Errin said Ervin and his son, Charles, would have had a difficult time getting Ervin back into the WVA library, even after they had been given permission.
Elizabeth told the Herald-Journal that Erlin and her family had been trying to contact Ervin since January to ask for permission to access Ervin.
But Erlin says she and her husband had been told Erlin didn’t have permission, that she would have to come out of the library herself.
Elizabeth said she and Erlin have been in regular contact since January, but the library staff and the university never made any effort to get Ervin or his family to leave.
“He didn’t even try to get permission, he just wanted to leave,” Elizabeth said.
The couple says Ervin asked for permission just two days before the shooting and told them he wanted them to go to his office to pick up a letter that was in Ervin “s-mail box,” Elizabeth told WTVF.
“I said, you’ve got to leave me alone,” Ervin told WVUE.
Erwin and his sons are the sole survivors of the shooting.
They have a daughter, Tanya, who is now 9 years old and who is currently living with her grandmother in Lexington.
“It was a shock for everyone.
It was an unbelievable feeling.
You couldn’t believe that it could have happened,” Tanya Ervin-Ervin told the station.
“And it was definitely a shock to our family.
And it was really devastating to them and our whole family.
You know, it was a big shock for us.”
She told WDRB that she has nightmares about her father’s shooting.
“Sometimes I see him in my dreams and that’s what it is,” she said.
Elizabeth also told the radio station she has a hard time getting through the night.
“When I’m in bed at night I can’t get through the next day,” she told WKRG.
“So it’s kind of like, ‘How am I supposed to get through this?'”
The Ervin family has started an online fundraiser to help cover Ervin of the costs of his medical bills.
They’ve also established a GoFundMe account to help pay for Ervin at the hospital.
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