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    Carolyn Tang Kmet Groupon thread about haunted hotel deals sparked a conversation fitting for Halloween. http://www.abestweb.com/forums/group...ng-150353.html

    I have been a huge fan of the ghost hunter shows and have even contacted a local paranormal society about joining them on researching hauntings. Never have seen an actual ghost but would love to. I chickened out on a recent anniversary of a big mine explosion during a full moon as ghosts of dead miners are known to come out. Park City Utah where I live is an old silver mining area that once held 200 mines from 1862 until the early 50's.

    Here is one of my favorite stories:
    The Man in the Yellow Slicker in Daly Canyon

    Officer Howard was on patrol one night near Daly Canyon and got sleepy. So, he stepped out for a walk around his patrol car to wake up. He suddenly had the feeling he was being stalked, probably by a cougar. He jumped back in the car and saw the figure in the yellow slicker in the rear view mirror, floating.

    As he pulled away, the image stayed the same size in the mirror, following until the dirt turned to pavement. If there's a call at Daly Canyon, they know not to call him,ť Hutchins says. He still won't go up there.

    The Man in the Yellow Slicker is a death warning to old miners. If you see him, you die, but the story now has a Medusa-type spin to it. Howard was lucky enough to see the man through a mirror.
    What's your favorite story?

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    Once you realize what you can see, it will stick with you forever.

    I prefer not to interact with those that are deceased, but it does happen...
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    Has it happened to you?

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    About 30 years, in my parents' house:

    Everyone was asleep in their rooms. Doors closed. Pets in the rooms with someone.

    About 2AM heard a loud crash!

    Everyone empties out of their rooms. Everyone heads to the living room.

    The living room had a large Flokati rug in it - Very thick. In the center of the room we had an antique tea cart. On top of the tea cart always sat a black tiera glass bowl with bananas, apples, and oranges in it.

    When we all converged on the living room we saw the tea cart wedged between the console TV and an end table. Where the tea cart used to stand was the black tiera glass bowl, on the thick flokati rug - CRUSHED into pieces no larger than an 1/8th of an inch. The fruit contained therein was sitting undisturbed on top of the crushed glass.

    Never did figure out what the hell happened on that night...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    Has it happened to you?
    Frequently...
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    Think you'll find that many folks don't care to speak of such things. But I do, LOL...
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    Think you'll find that many folks don't care to speak of such things. But I do, LOL...
    Your first post seemed like you were a bit creeped out. Thanks for posting your story, loved it!

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    Here's another local favorite:

    Lizzy at the Imperial Hotel

    Her husband didn't know it, but Lizzy was a prostitute. One night, he set out to play cards with the boys at a local saloon (now Red Banjo Pizza Parlour), but realized he forgot his lucky silver coin. When he came back to his room in the Imperial, he quickly learned how Lizzy was earning all of her extra cash. So, he pulled out his shotgun and killed Lizzy and the man in her bed. The john that night must have had a beard, because Lizzy loves men with beards. Make sure your man is, too, especially if you are staying in room eight.

    Manager Jeff found this out in the 90s. He was working alone getting ready to reopen the hotel. It was summer and he was on the top floor with all the windows open when he felt hot and clammy. Looked up and noticed the windows were all closed. He was close to finished so knelt back down to work on the flooring when he felt a touch on his shoulder. He looked around to not see anything so went back to his business. A few seconds later he heard a female voice saying "hello honey"! When he looked up he saw a woman in white float but only from the waist up. He about broke the front door getting out and didn't stop running until he was at the bottom of Main Street a mile away. Jeff kept a beard year round. Now, he's clean shaven.
    Walked by it today and they are renovating, the workers all have beards but I didn't warn them (hehe).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    Your first post seemed like you were a bit creeped out.
    I was, back then. Still get goosebumps when I tell it, though.

    Every year 850 KOA radio has listeners call in and tell their stories. Seems I'm always too late or on hold too long to share some of mine.

    Maybe this Monday I'll get my chance...
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    Something most folks don't realize about the "Shining Hotel", which is called the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is that they never shot the movie there.

    However, having been there (daylight hours) you CAN feel the energy that others have reported in their "ghost stories" of the hotel.

    One Denver female psychic who toured the Stanley for a live Halloween broadcast one year, came out of the building and when asked by reporters if she sensed anything, said: " I won't ever go back in there, not because its haunted, but because there are so many of them."
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    Since shortly after we moved into our house close to 30 years ago, my wife and daughter became convinced the house was haunted. Can't give any specific examples of reasons, other than weird noises and things found supposedly somewhere other than when they were left. I really never paid much attention to it, but they remain convinced.

    On a separate note, while I do not believe in ghosts per se, until MrsHound's health prevented continuing, we used to explore old ghost towns. Many times from the late 1970s through the 90s we drove the back roads of parts of California and Arizona with old maps, looking for relics. Most were either glitzy tourist traps, such as Tombstone, AZ, or piles of wood where building used to stand, but some were preserved well enough to have been worth the trip.

    Back in the late 60s, early 70s, I became interested in seemingly unexplained phenomena and other aspects of the occult, and did a bit of studying in a few fields. At that time, there was actually an "unofficial" Parapsychology laboratory at UCLA, led by one of the more respected researchers in the field, Dr. Thelma Moss, whose work on Kirlian photography became fairly well known. She went a bit too far with her experiments, though, and eventually was "asked" to leave the University. She set up a private facility nearby, which she operated for a few years. She wrote several books, including one based on a trip to confer with people doing similar work in the then still communist Soviet Union.

    My take on all this was basically that a lot of people know how to put on a good show, and make a buck off of it, but none of it seemed to be legitimate. Years later, I had a friend who was a member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, and I went there regularly in the late 80s and 90s, and in some of the performances it was hard to tell the difference from what I had seen demonstrated years earlier.
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    Colorado has its share of mining towns. One well known town is called Cripple Creek. It is now one of the two gambling communities in Colorado.

    We have our own haunted Imperial Hotel.



    The historic hotel is said to be haunted today by its former owner, George Long, who allegedly likes to flirt with the ladies and play the slot machines.

    Several night time security guards tell stories of how the ding-ding-ding of the slot machines and coins hitting the hopper are heard late at night after the casino has closed. However, when they check the casino floor, no one is there. Later, when the machines are checked for malfunctions, none are found.

    Guests, especially women, have often felt something or “someone” touching them during the night. Another tale alleges that a chambermaid reported having her bottom pinched by an unseen hand.

    In the historic Gold Bar Theatre, evidently some of its melodramatic actors also have chosen to continue their “act,” as today’s actors tell of feeling the presence of someone when in the dressing rooms or a touch upon their back.

    Evidently, the “crazed” Alice also leaves her “imprint” on the historic hotel. If staff leaves the door to the Red Rooster Bar closed, they hear the sounds of scratching on the other side of the door.
    Source: Ghost Hunt of the Imperial Hotel, Cripple Creek, CO
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    Got to love the names around mining towns, we have Poison Creek coming out of Main Street in Park City. Your casino story reminded me of a evening gambling in Central City CO. I was dating a flighty hairdresser and took her there. Her brother had been shot deer hunting and she said he spoke to her. I was playing quarter slot machines at various casinos and she would tell me which machine to play. I would play along and the machine would hit for $50 or $100 then she would tell me to stop with that machine. We did this for several hours until she said she was blocked. Won $350 which I split with her. We didn't date long so I never went back to test it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    Your casino story reminded me of a evening gambling in Central City CO.
    That's right, with you having lived in Ft. Collins (if I remember correctly), Black Hawk / Central City would have been the likely choice to go. It's also the more "glizty" of our gaming communities. I lived in Colorado Springs for 8 years so I spent more time in Cripple Creek as it was about an hour or so drive. Got caught in more than one blizzard on that drive. Yikes!

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    I've had more than my fair share of paranormal happenings in my lifetime, and I wasn't even looking for them. Yet ever since I was little (the house I grew up in was haunted), I've had strange things happen to me.

    In the house I grew up in, I can recall a man whisper my name a few times. That was the first time I remember actually hearing ghosts. Once I grew up and moved out on my own, other things happened.

    When I bought my first house (after my divorce), there were quite a few things that happened in that house. The first was when I heard children laughing in my kids room, yet there weren't any kids around. I even went outside thinking some kids had come up to the house, but no one was there. It kinda freaked me out, but I just shrugged it off.

    Fast forward a month or so and I heard a woman's voice (a whisper) one day which seemed to be right next to me. She said something like "Silks", which was really weird because I was looking at a website about silk flowers. My daughter was actually in the room with me at the time, and heard it also. Took me awhile to calm her down, made up some story about the website had audio, LOL.

    I didn't hear anything for a few months after that, until one day I was in the guest bathroom, and I heard the lady again. This time she whispered, "Why can't you see it?". No one was in the house but me, my kids were at school, and I just about jumped out of my skin. I immediately grabbed the phone, went outside and called someone because I was so shakened up. It took me hours before I went back into the house.

    Fast forward another 3 or 4 months and by now I had gotten a dog, and I heard they are very sensitive to the paranormal so I figured my dog would be able to see it and react if she came back to visit. Well my dog happen to be outside and the same lady asked the question again, "Why can't you see it?". I immediately went outside, because everytime I heard the lady a rush of fear would just come over me, and it's like I could sense her watching me after that, as if she's waiting for a response. After about 30 minutes of being outside with my dog, we both went inside and my dog seemed fine as if no one else was around.

    Then I started doing research online to figure out how to get rid of whatever was in my house. Obviously she wasn't out to hurt me, but her trying to talk to me was just too much for me to handle. I read on countless sites that if I didn't want anything to do with them, to just say out loud that they need to leave. So I did, and I didn't hear anything else the rest of the time I stayed there (which was about 2 years).

    Now the first time I seen an apparition was when I went to my first Affiliate Summit (West) in 2010. I remember it was at the Rio, and let's just say my room had other guests besides just me...The first night, I woke up and could have sworn I seen a man's face in the window of my bathroom, but as I cleared my eyes and looked harder, it was gone. No big deal, I figured my eyes were playing tricks on me.

    Now the second night I was there, I remember having a very hard time falling asleep for some reason. I remember repeately opening my eyes and looking at the clock on the nightstand next to me. Except one time (after about 20 times of opening my eyes), my peripheal vision caught something else as well. As I turned my eyes onto this, I noticed a man, standing there looking down at the nightstand as if he was looking at the clock as well. He was wearing jeans, an overcoat and a hat. I literally jumped straight up in bed, and the man disappeared right before me. I was so freaked out it wasn't funny. What made it worse is that I knew for certain I wasn't alone in my room, and I had one more night to stay...thankfully I didn't see anything on the last night.

    I've just summarized the most memorable things that have happened to me. For whatever reason, the paranormal seems to follow me wherever I go. Once I moved into my new house, I figured I would be free from all of it since I would be the first one living in it (newly built house). Well, some strange things have already started happening...but thankfully it/they haven't tried talking to me or appearing before me. So far I've only seen a shadow and felt a presence behind me one night when watching tv. I just figured it was my roommate, but the next day she said she never came downstairs...

    Hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!


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    Lanadili - What a great post, you had me looking over my shoulder.

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    I never should have read this late at night... I'm now jumping at every sound!

    Thanks for sharing, great read..

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    Woooooo! Loved everyone's story! Here's mine:

    I never believed in ghosts until I found out I was living with one. Many full moons back, I worked in a nursing home, had my own tiny studio apt. but wanted to save more money as I was just accepted into art school.

    A young volunteer told me her grandma rented out rooms & had an extra attic room she would rent + kitchen privs but I had to fix it up. It only needed a coat of paint, move some extra furniture to a side room & a good cleaning. Done in a day & I was saving $50 a month.

    One night shortly after I moved in, as I was dozing off, I saw a big ball of hazy light across the room in front of a tall mirror hanging on the door to the side room. It was annoying, but I just figured the light from the 2 houses on either side were somehow causing a reflection. The lights in one house were shut off & the ball grew brighter. I still figured it was some sort of reflection from the other home.

    Well, the lights in the other home were shut off. My room was now totally dark. The ball of light grew very bright & floated across the room towards me & hovered over my bed. The room was cool but I was pouring sweat. It began to descend towards me & I started screaming my lungs out (so I thought). The light ball floated back across the room & disappeared.

    I was pretty shaken but finally went to sleep. No one in the house heard my screams. I went to work & told my tale to a few co-workers. The Director of Nursing told me I had a psychotic episode. I knew I didn't, nor did I drink nor do drugs. So I promptly shut up. Later that day, the young volunteer came in, I told her about my experience.

    She laughed & said, "Oh, you saw my uncle! My friend & I always see him when we slept up there. Except we saw him as he looked, the whole person. Don't worry, he's nice, probably just wondering who you are." I was stunned.

    Turns out her uncle (my landlady's son) was blown to bits in a boiler explosion at work. His mom moved all his stuff to the attic & evidently, that's where his spirit remained.

    Well, he showed up again that night & I spoke to him, told I knew who he was & was friends with his niece, that I'd be moving out in the fall & to please not bother me. Didn't see the him again until Labor Day & said I would be moving out in a few days. Saw him one more time the night before I moved & wished him well. Never viewed him other than as a ball of light.

    Never spoke much about this as Burger Boy's response is typical.

    After that, I've experienced unusual phenomena occur throughout my life, not necessarily like the attic one.

    For example, one day when I went into work, a co-worker who had seen a psychic the night before told me she had a message for me. I never put any stock in psychics, but she was a nice person so I smiled and asked what it was. She told me, "A relative, your cousin ________, said to tell you to not be afraid."

    We weren't friends, certainly never spoke about my cousin who had died of a long illness about a decade prior.

    My cousin & I weren't that close, but had several good conversations over time about life, etc. BTW, he was an atheist.

    From the above + other experiences, I've changed my beliefs. Can't say I have a clue about any of this but know beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is much for which we don't have an explanation. Probably better.

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    I live in Clearwater Florida and right around the corner is a hotel called The Belview Biltmore. This hotel was built in 1897 is reputed to be haunted and there are hundreds of reports from people that have stayed there. It has been the target of multiple "Ghost Hunters". I have stayed there a few times and have experienced some truly crazy things.

    I have never actually seen a ghost but while at the Biltmore a lot of unexplainable occurrences happened.

    My son freaked out and knocked me to the ground because he was accosted by a child that had drowned in the pool. Later the same night I heard the room door slam shut, I got up to investigate and my son was in the hallway talking to himself. I thought he was sleep walking but when I asked him what was going on he told me that he was talking to rich lady named Maise that was looking for her husband..... there was absolutely no one in the hall and after I asked some of the employees about the name I found out that Maise Plant died in 1956 on her wedding night. After getting the news that her husband of 12 hours had died in a car accident, she threw herself off the balcony and broke her neck.

    There were all sorts of unexplainable sounds like a bunch of laughing kids running around in the hall and above our rooms that were not actually there. When I called the front desk at 4am to complain, the operator informed me that the floor above me was completely uninhabited and not to worry because the sounds usually stop after 10 min or so.

    The sink in our bathroom turend on twice by its self and the drawers in a desk that was in the room popped out about half a dozen times.

    Idk..... it was probably one of the worst hotel stays ever and it cost me $600 a night!


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    Love it. Always makes me wonder why the kids are playing at these haunted places. The adults are usually tied to dying there but it doesn't seem the children are?

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    I suppose in most cases that is accurate. The Biltmore has deaths of people ranging from age 3 to 70. after my experience there I did a bit of research and was blown away at how many people were killed, died accidentally, or punched their own ticket. I won't go near the place anymore

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