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The Capital Building

Topeka, Kansas

Many years ago, mentally handicapped woman entered the building, climbed several flights of stairs, and jumped to her death. Today, her moans are still heard.

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George says:

November 9, 2005, 12:59 pm

hi, i am george and i work there. I do here her scream alot at night!!! she is a scary ***** i tell ya’ i am about to quit my job cuz that ***** keeps on scaring me. Well i hope any of you don’t go there because she is REAL!!! Have A Nice Day!

manders says:

March 9, 2006, 4:48 pm

I’ve been to the state capital and i didn’t hear ****.

annie says:

May 13, 2006, 11:33 am

hi, ive been to the capital building once and exactly what flight of stairs did she jump from,, thank you

Ghost Tour Topeka says:

May 22, 2006, 3:04 pm

Join our trolley tour of North Topeka and learn more about the Albino Lady, Reform School haunts and many other ghosts.

Our Downtown Trolley tour includes the Capitol, a haunted hotel and a cemetery.

Schedule is online at our website.

back off! says:

June 2, 2006, 1:42 pm

Details common DETAILS! you cant just say there was a woman who jumped down stairs ya ya blah blah blah

Katie says:

June 18, 2006, 11:14 pm

thats sounds scaryy…….

LOL says:

August 15, 2006, 8:49 pm

ha ya funny

Pat says:

October 30, 2006, 5:22 pm

You use to be able to climb to the top of the Capitol Building rotunda until a woman jumped to her death in the mid 1970รข??s.

There is a stairway that is closed to the public that will take you to the very top of the inside of the rotunda. If you go to the 5th floor and lean out over the railing you can see some rickety metal stairs that spiral along the inside of the dome all the way to the top.

The story that I heard was that she drove all the way from Missouri to kill herself in our capitol building. She smoked a cigarette, set her purse aside, and then jumped over the railing. On the way down she clipped the railing on the second floor ripping her arm off at the shoulder. The rest of her body made it all the way down to the first floor where she landed on top of a metal mop bucket while the janitor was mopping the marble floor. I heard that she almost landed on top of the poor guy.

I have been in the Capitol Building hundreds of times and have never experienced anything creepy. From my understanding there has been nine deaths in the Capitol Building, most of them caused by accidents during construction. It is a very old and historic building. It would be very scary to be alone in there in the middle of the night.

Brandy says:

November 5, 2006, 1:20 am

I herd that’s why thay closed the top part off but you can still go up there on tours.

Evan says:

November 8, 2006, 11:57 am

Yea I have been to the capitol and walked up the stairs, our group got to go up, it was cool, the tourguide told us that story.


November 13, 2006, 10:18 am

if u are mentally ill wouldn’t u think someone would be there with her to take care of her!! duh!!

lea says:

November 16, 2006, 10:32 am

My mother was there when it happened. It happened during lunch hour. It was a real mess.

sara says:

January 8, 2007, 5:28 pm

that was a wired story but why did she kill herself did she commit suisisd or was she murderd well you pepole might not know

Comment by says:

January 22, 2007, 11:48 am

Spooky. I believe its true. I hear noises in my house 2 :S

ashija says:

January 26, 2007, 9:21 pm

that is creapy a lol lol Not………. !!!!!!!!!!!!! thats stupied lol lol lol

michelle says:

February 9, 2007, 8:42 pm

I moved to Kansas in 2000 and have been to the capitol building once and heard you could no longer go up into the dome, however, I never heard why. Now I know.

Solo says:

June 17, 2007, 12:55 pm

I ve been to the the top of the capital. This was about 1994. So no they didnt shut it down because of that lady. Now Topeka High or the Harrisson church is where the scary **** is

Beth says:

June 25, 2007, 3:44 pm

The last time I was at the capital was in grade school, so it was quite awhile ago. I think the only reason we went was because in my Girl Scout troup, one of the girls’ grandfather was Governor or something at the time. We went as a Girl Scout outing. We went up to the top, but couldn’t go any farther. They opened the closed-off stairwell about two years ago or so but I didn’t go. Wanted to, but didn’t.
Question: Why bash people who say they’ve heard or seen something? Just because YOU aren’t open-minded enough to not see/hear anything doesn’t mean OTHERS are.

Kirsten says:

July 21, 2007, 12:34 am

Wow this is really creepy… i was with my class on our seventh grade feild trip about 2 months ago near the end of the school year. my grade got a special tour that none of the other grades before up that had visited the capitol ever got. we got to go up that ricketey staircase. you know how theres the big dome at the top? we went above that and to the top of the building. it was so windy my friends almost fell off– it kind of scares me to think that thats the whole reason no one gets those types of tours anymore. and to think that i was there and could have died too…

kery5 says:

July 27, 2007, 1:40 am

My son went there with his class, and he took pictures of the staircase looking up to the ceiling. We were wondering why there were orbs in the pictures, and maybe this is why!

dhruv rai says:

August 8, 2007, 11:09 am

i live in india but once i came here and saw this strange area i was shocked to see many things i didnt wanted sometimes it seemed that someone was roaming on the stairs and sometimes i could heard some strange sounds

ltlnog says:

September 4, 2007, 9:37 pm

I work at the Capitol, and it is my understanding that tours to the top of the dome were not allowed for some time due to the infrastructure of the dome – translation it needed repair. This has been remedied and tours up to the top of the dome are taken daily.
So if you are interested in visiting and doing 295 steps to the top of the dome, come to Topeka.

The security and historical society staff will verify the story of the woman’s suicide – you may even be able to get copies of the newspaper clippings from the time.

I work a lot of late nights in the Capitol building, and I’ve never heard any of the screaming mentioned by George. Once in awhile I get a creepy feeling that someone is there when there isn’t anyone, but I haven’t heard anything unusual.

That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, though!

Catani says:

September 29, 2007, 4:39 pm

Orbs are dust particles/tricks of light.

Smoke-like images in your picture … it’s smoke. If you smoke a cigarette whilst photographing, you’re going to get weird smoke shapes in your pictures. Ditto for fog.

ashley says:

December 2, 2007, 12:05 am

whatever that is **** that is so not true iv bin to the capitl and there is nothing there

J says:

December 6, 2007, 8:08 pm

I had a temporary position working as a tour guide when the capital dome building reopened. We never heard or saw anything, except for the enormous amount of graffiti that has accrued over the years. Some visitors speculated that they could see a dent in the lower railing where some say the woman “hit her head on the way down”, however none of the visitors ever reported hearing “moans”. I hate to say that this is false. A woman did jump to her death, however she does not haunt any portion of the capital from the 3rd floor up to the top. But I will recommend that anyone who is interested go on a Capital tour and then the dome tour and see for yourself.

Melissa says:

December 26, 2007, 6:54 pm

WOW that is so COOL i so think that is so real i’v lived in cupel of hunted house’s i’m a freak like that.

ghost hunter says:

January 5, 2008, 7:38 pm


Johnny says:

January 11, 2008, 4:45 pm

How could she climbed up the stairs if she is handicapped she must’ve took the elevator

belive haunted says:

March 1, 2008, 1:50 am

Hi i belive that uk haunted i want to visit uk and experince some stories

fan of haunts says:

March 6, 2008, 5:22 pm

Orbs are not dust particles or tricks of light. They are the souls of deceased people and if this is a trus store (which I’m sure it is) then kery5 saw the orb of the woman who jumped to her death as well as the other unfortunate people who died in whatever accidents they had. Don’t knock what you don’t know anything about.

nick says:

March 15, 2008, 7:05 am

I like Johnny’s comment.Unless she was mentally handicapped

nick says:

March 15, 2008, 7:06 am

Disregard that last commment.Hi mom, i love you

jeremy says:

April 10, 2008, 10:03 pm


Jworkz says:

April 10, 2008, 10:05 pm

I work at the capitol all the time. I move their furniture. There are times we are required to go there after they close to do some work. You will hear things and yes you will hear her humming and screaming and many more crazy sounds!

Believe says:

April 23, 2008, 10:05 am

Well you know that this is fake cause how in the hell is a handicapped person gonna climb up a flight of stairs

Jeff says:

May 4, 2008, 12:12 am

Hadn’t heard of this before. I lived in Topkea for 20 years.

I did, however, have a haunting in the house I grew up in. Not only me, but my brother and sisters as well.
We lived in a house in the Oakland area and there was a bedroom that all of us in the family had at one point or another. My parents had it first, then my sisters and then my brother and I. Anyways, there was a big closet in that room in the corner that, at the time, me and my brother would see several figures in what I could only describe as colord lights. They were green, blue and whatnot. The figures were shaped like what the quakers wear, At that time I was young and knew nothing about quakers, they looked like pilgrams, from what I had seenm in my school books. Those shapes were walking out of the closet and climbing out the window. I reemember telling my mom about it and she says it was probably the lights from the cars, but we lived on a one-way street and there was never that much traffic, plus there was a huge house on the corner that would have blocked the dtreet that would be considered slightly busier than the street we lived on and that’s not saying much.
My brother says he doesn’t remember, but he was only like 5 or 6 years old at the time. It wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I overheard my sisters talking about seeing the same thing. That was the first time that I knew they saw anything. I moved away from Topeka 20-plus years ago, but still have family there that I sometimes go back to visit, and I go by that house on occasion and only once, was that house not on the market. Maybe others had some experiences there too, I don’t know.

Sorry for adding this to here, but I wanted this out and i f someone does read this from Topeka or even that house, I would love to know if what we saw was just an illusion or was it real.

Funny thing, now my parents watch all the tv shows that deal with ghosts, like Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State and others. (For the record, my mother recently told me she heard a child describe exactly what I decribed to her, on one of the shows she watched)

shelbi says:

May 11, 2008, 4:57 pm

umm i have been to the capital and i havent heard nothin but i do kno tht it is haunted because there was a dude tht jusmped from there to but i havent heard bout a lady but im not very old either so yea idk…

Tiff says:

May 23, 2008, 4:16 pm

Maybe, the author mistook the woman for the dude.

Tiff says:

May 23, 2008, 4:17 pm

That is really exhausting to go up that many steps.

Tiff says:

May 23, 2008, 4:20 pm

If she committed suicide than why is her spirit still haunting the place. Was it possible that she was pushed.

Tiff says:

May 23, 2008, 4:21 pm

Why isn’t Sally’s House on here? That house is located in Kansas.

Brad Welch says:

May 27, 2008, 12:54 pm

sara suicide mean u kill urself my god if u dont belive me read the term of sucide on

Angel says:

August 6, 2008, 5:13 pm

I have lived in Topeka my whole life, 34yrs. And it is true. A woman did kill herself by jumping from inside the dome. I work in the Capitol building as a Guard and can tell you I havent heard any screeming or foot steps. Working 3rd shift you do hear alot of banging and crashing noises, But it is an old building. I have had only one thing happen there that I cant explain, When you enter an office you to let them know you are in there by yelling that you are in there so not to suprise anyone. I was checking an office in the basement and yelled that I was there doing a building check and a woman answered me, I looked all over that office and did not find anyone in there.

Kim says:

September 15, 2008, 7:53 pm

In 8th grade we went there and got to climb close to top.It was in 1984.I know I got sick as we got close to top and felt dizzy and nauseated.Could have been the heights but I know there was a strange smell that caused me to be sick.

randi says:

October 21, 2008, 8:34 pm

dude i just went to the capital last weekend!i totally believe this

randi says:

October 21, 2008, 8:36 pm

dude i just went to the capital last weekend!I totally believe this!

jeremy says:

January 6, 2009, 9:08 pm

i just went to the top of the capitol they just opened it to the public after 30 some years of the ladys jump you can go outside to the dome and look around toepka. but you have to have a tour guide got with you but the lady was from topeka and left a note to her husband on what she was goning to do at the capitol building

Dorsie says:

March 5, 2009, 9:23 pm

I have been to the Capital building many times. I took the tour to the dome once last summer. I had heard many stories about the building being haunted from several employees there, including security. They all say that you don’t want to go there at night. I was also told that there are many ghosts inhabiting the building.

lost_one says:

March 15, 2009, 2:04 pm

This story is true. When I was in my teens, I had a friend of mine whose brother worked as an EMT. For some reason, he took photos at scenes & kept them in an album. I saw the result of this fall. She went to the top of the stairs, inside, & jumped off. She landed on a janitor’s metal bucket & it literally ripped her face off. I still remember that pic. Thank God it was in black n white.

cooper says:

March 22, 2009, 4:35 pm

My class went on a field trip to the capitol and my friend and I were at the end of the line to the top of the dome and I heard screams and my friend and I ended up heading down because we were standing where she jumped off at

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