Cincinnati House of Doom and Professor Catherine Darning
by Randal M. Bundy © Copyright 2017 by Randal M. Bundy
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Catherine Darning was a stunningly beautiful 32 year old woman in 1912. She was also very intelligent, hardworking and was a History Professor at the University of Cincinnati. She was also an
ambitious Business Owner who somehow had managed to incorperate
her love of Business with her personal interests, study and Research.
That was of course all things related to "Paranormal
Activities", "Supernatural Events", "The Occcult in General", "Psychic
Abilities" and of course "Ghosts and Hauntings".
At that time in the early part of the 20th century the Popularity of of
these unusual and very interesting subjects was very high
in European and the United States. Professor Darning
was involved in not only the studies, research and all activities
involved but she was also giving Classes on the subject and sponsored
lectures and "Spychic Readings" by others at her BookShop she
owned located almost directly across from the entrance to the
I first became aware of her history in Cincinnati when researching
"Police Incident Reports" as they related to "Old Unsolved Cases" or
what is called "Open Cases". Professor Darning's case and the circumstances surrounding her and The House of Doom in June of 1912 was
beyond just weird sounds and unexplained events. The whole
matter was involved events that was regarded by some as
As a "Paranormal Investigator"
for Catherine Darning, it was only a matter of time before she heard the
many stories surrrounding the House of Doom. To add
credability to these stories, the sources were actually Police Officers
who patroled the areas around the House of Doom.
Catherine made friends easily with everyone she met and These
Police Officers were especially fond of her and also
protective of her since she was also a business owner in Clifton as well
a Professor the University.
The House of Doom was very well known to the Police and Public as well
this time. Clifton was back then and still is a University
Community. It had always been a place where young with such
interest are naturally found. Catherine Darning employment as a
University Professor afforded her the opportunity to both establish her
own business and research in this facinating field of endevour that she
truly loved as a "Paranormal Investigator". It also provided
her with an endless supply of material for her University Classes
and Lectures in dealing with History. She was very cleaver
to casually incorperating the subjects "The Paranormal"
into classroom lectures and spike interest among her students.
She decided and planned to
partake of an adventure and investigate of The Haunted House, which we
call "The House of Doom". But she failed to investigate with the
department to find out complete details of events relevant to the
she done so she would have found out that it was certanly no place for
to venture into any time of the day and especially in the Dark of
Night. She will eventially come to regret this error and
what will forever change her and her Predictable World.
When the police
received a report from neighbors of a "hysterical woman half crazed"
screaming outside of what they called "The Cursed House", of
were unprepared for what they found. Apparently some of the responding
Police Officers knew Catherine Darning since she was a business owner
as well as a well respected Professor. She was a scholar who
was beautiful with full thick Auburn Hair. But what they found
surrounded by concerned beighbors, shivering in fright on the
front porch was an aged and haggard woman with
white hair who looked to be twice Catherine Darning's age. At
first they didn't recognize her.
The only thing she was able to convey to them as to what happened her repeated words, "the house is
dead but something is alive in there...something very horrible and
Catherine Darning was
temporarily confined to a mental ward for
observation. Although she was able to leave the mental Hospital,
she was never the same. What followed turned out to be years of
therapy and an inability
to continue her academic profession or her business or even her formerly Beloved
Paranormal Studied and Research. She retired on disability from
the University and never spoke of
the incident or the Paranormal ever again. She was
however pursued regularly by Reporters and Journalists but
she refused to grant
any interviews. She died 22 years later at the at the age of 54.
Although she did Physically survive her ordeal inside the House of Doom, in reality she never really left that house.