Most of us growing up in Chapel Hill learned to ride our bikes and roller skate and throw a Frisbee or a baseball on campus. The campus was like our Central Park.

It was like our own sex ed class down there, so we loved that.

Once we learned to ride our bikes, well, then we could ride our bikes to the Arboretum, and then if you were really clever you could walk your bike on the gravel past so silently that you could find your own space to hide behind rocks and bushes and watch couples on the beaches.

That was our favorite activity as nine and 10-year-olds, so if we were ever missing it would be, "You went to the Arboretum didn't you..." "Yes! and you won't believe who we saw kissing today!" Just the best. It was like our own sex ed class down there, so we loved that.

Missy Julian-Fox

The Arboretum was always nice when we were young boys in the growing up formative years and didn't have dates, we would sneak down in the Arboretum on Friday and Saturday night and heckle the students that were in there making out on the park benches and we would sneak up behind them in the bushes and scare them and stuff like that and we thought that was great fun and it was fun for us.

When we had dates and we had girlfriends, we certainly would go to the Arboretum ...

Robert Humphreys

I was reminded of the murder in the arboretum. This was back in 1965, and this young woman was killed in broad daylight in the arboretum. I don't think they ever found who did it.

All of us ran around campus. We ran around the Arboretum, the main campus. That was our other playground, was the campus. So that just really was very, very shocking to everybody.

But for weeks after that, I remember when I would be downtown, every woman—older woman especially—that you saw had a man with her. And she usually had a big umbrella and it wasn't raining. It put everybody on guard and I just remember being just, "Wow." Because that just really was very scary. That had never really happened here before.

I was 14 and that was scary. And of course, all of us ran around campus. We ran around the Arboretum, the main campus. That was our other playground, was the campus. So that just really was very, very shocking to everybody.

Dianne Gooch Shaw

That was the summer after my sophomore year and I was living in Mangum right there, right next to the arboretum when that happened. It happened on my birthday. It was clear, I think, from the beginning of that investigation that somebody close by had committed that murder and I am pretty sure now that the police knew who did it but they were never able to get evidence sufficient to convict. It was somebody close by. A friend of mine was assaulted not long after that and I am pretty sure it was the same person who did that.

Bob Epting