“Children of The Morgue” At America’s Most Haunted Hotel

(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) — Many people know of the most of famous “guests who check out but never leave” at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, a mountaintop resort in the Arkansas Ozarks.  They include Michael, the Irish stonemason who helped build the hotel in 1885; Theodora, a patient of Baker’s Cancer Curing Hospital in the late 1930s; and “the lady in the Victorian nightgown”, who likes to stand at the foot of the bed in Room 3500 and stare at guests while they sleep.  And these are only three of the dozens upon dozens of spirits that guests and visitors have reported encountering in this five-story Historic Hotel of America.

 

Each night, the year ’round, the hotel conducts ghost tours.  It was during one of these tours this summer when several paranormal entities -at one time- mesmerized a tour patron.  The tour was led that night by Dame Diane, her nom de guide.  She explains it here in her own words:

 

      “ A woman, I’ll call her Sally (not her real name), who was on my tour one night in late July, told me as the tour was beginning that she was very sensitive to the paranormal realm.  She even told me a brief story of a ghost she had seen and spoken to years before on a regular basis.

      “At the start of each of my tours, I usually ask a guest to carry a ghost EMF (electromagnetic field) meter.  Sally methodically walked forward to receive it without the usual embarrassment or nervous smile that I normally see. I handed it to Sally, then proceeded with my presentation.

      “During the tour, Sally carried the meter behind her back much of the time.  It ‘chirped’ quite often according to a woman who stood and walked behind her. Sally was not at all interested in the meter, it was as though she was not really there.  She had a fretted and worried look frozen on her face and never spoke up, even though I got the feeling she really wanted to do so many times.  Her look was a little unsettling, especially when we reached the third floor.  I was too focused making my presentation to pay attention to her the whole time, but wish I could have.

      “For it was as our tour was exiting the morgue (the rooms in the lowest level of the hotel where Norman Baker conducted autopsies as well as storing cadavers and body parts in a huge walk-in cooler when he owned and operated the hotel as a cancer curing hospital) where Sally stood frozen, wide-eyed in the middle of the autopsy room facing the doorway.  She wouldn’t move or speak.

      “Realizing that she was now separated from the tour, I moved from the head of the tour back to where she was standing to encourage her to leave this, the final stop on the tour.  Neither I nor her husband could move her. She was totally stiff and unresponsive.

 

     “It was at that time, I took the EMF meter from her hand and took her arm to gently encourage her to move in the direction of the door.  She gasped and mumbled a bit then stood dead still after only one step.  It was at that time her voice became quite clear and vehement uttering, ‘Oh, please… they need help… I need to help them!’

      “Her husband and I kept leading her down the hallway toward the exit, during which time she kept crying and pleading, ‘The children need my help!’.

      “These exclamations continued all the way up to the lobby.  She was very upset and kept trying to return to the morgue.  Even while her husband was basically pulling her toward the hotel’s front door exit, she kept saying that ‘the children’ were calling her, pleading for her help.

      “Once outside the hotel, Sally turned toward me with a still, wan expression telling me not to return to the third floor.  She said she saw a red hand on my throat while the tour was up there, sensing that someone or something didn’t like me or was out to get me.  She approached me wanting to demonstrate what she saw.  I declined.

      “Her husband and I finally got her to sit down in one of the chairs outside in the hotel’s front veranda.  Once seated, she more calmly yet pointedly started to explain that, ‘There is a mean man with fuzzy salt and pepper hair in a white coat that is abusing those children of the morgue, trying to push them down underneath autopsy table.’  She entreated me to return with her to the morgue in order to stop the man and to free these children ‘sending them into the light’.  The husband, in hushed tones, told me he had never see her like this during their seven years of marriage.

      “Eventually, Sally and her husband left the hotel property leaving me standing alone in the shadows of this castle-like, nineteenth century, limestone structure. I was shaken, bewildered, and musing as to what would I do when I returned to the morgue the next night.  I went home emotionally exhausted.

      “I did return the next night and have been back every night since.  However, each night, as I stand near the autopsy table, I do not so much feel fearful as concerned and somewhat heartbroken for those poor children, the ‘children of the morgue’.”

The Crescent Hotel gears up each year for the bewitching month of October and 2017 is no exception.  Added this year are “Spooky Bedtime Stories” and “Ghost Tour Guides: Their Inside Stories”.  Both will be late-night events exclusively for hotel guests.

On Halloween, the stars of Eureka Springs’ Intrigue Theater, Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay, return to the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom for one late-night dinner show and séance.  This ticketed event is open to hotel guests and visitors.

Bill Ott, hotel communications director, noted, “The hotel guests and patrons who experience our nightly ghost tours and who see, hear, and/or feel something unexplainable while in the hotel, are encouraged to send us their stories and any captured digital images for placement on our paranormal website americasmosthauntedhotel.com.  These numerous, published accounts are why so many return in January for one of our ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) Weekends.  In 2018, January 5-6 and January 12-13 have been set aside for amateur ghost hunters or those simply interested in the paranormal.  ESP participants will have the run of the hotel -so to speak- to do their own private, personal search for available apparitions.”

In addition to their website, some haunted aspects of the hotel can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/crescenthotelghosttours/ and on Instagram at #americashosthauntedhotel.

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Submitted by

Bill Ott

billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

479-981-9313

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NOTE: The following three images are available in hi-rez, forwarded in a zip file upon request.

“America’s Most Haunted Hotel On A Foggy Night” ~ The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas sits high atop The Ozarks.  This mountaintop spa resort and proud member of Historic Hotels of America offers nightly ghost tours, available to hotel guests and Eureka Springs’ visitors.  Photo credit: 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs AR

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“Dame Diane Recalls An Exceptionally Eerie Night” ~ Ghost tour guides at “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” dress in Victorian clothing and take tour patrons on a five-floor sojourn of this Historic Hotel of America.  Dame Diane is but one of nearly a dozen ghost tour guides who lead the nightly tours and recount ghostly tales as reported by guests and employees.  Photo credit: 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs AR

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“A Hotel With A Morgue” ~ Most hotels boast of pools and spas, both of which the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa has, but this Historic Hotel of America also has a morgue replete with an autopsy table and a walk-in cooler (pictured) for cadavers and body parts when the hotel was operated as a cancer “curing” hospital for several years in the late 1930s.  Photo credit: 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs AR

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Escape #2 this Saturday

Sean-Paul To Defy Death In Milk Can Escape This Saturday Night

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — The “Thirty Days of Houdini” continues here this Saturday night when local illusionist and escape artist, Sean-Paul of Intrigue Theater, tries to “defy death” when he reenacts Harry Houdini’s world-famous Milk Can Escape.  This near-impossible escape is scheduled for 7 o’clock in Basin Spring Park that is located in the heart of Eureka Springs Downtown Historic District.

This escape, originally scheduled for October 20, was postponed as explained by Sean-Paul in a Facebook post,  “I regret to tell you that I have decided to reschedule the Milk Can Escape.  My decision comes as a result of a rehearsal yesterday when, while picking the handcuffs under water in the sealed milk can, I started to panic and needed to have the lid unlocked and removed by my assistants.  I am pretty shook up about the event and feel that I need more time to prepare for this stunt since failure means a drowning death.”

Sean-Paul started his “Thirty Days of Houdini” earlier this month when he escaped out of a strait jacket while dangling upside down here off the fifth floor balcony railing of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.  He returns to The Crescent on Halloween night to complete his month-long homage to the world’s greatest escape artist when he conducts a séance in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom in an effort to reach across to “the other side” and communicate with Houdini who died on October 31, 1926.

A special Intrigue Theater performance beginning at 10 o’clock precedes the midnight séance.  This ticketed event has limited seating.  For tickets, one should call the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa at 479-253-9766 or purchase online tickets here!

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New Ghost Theatre Productions at the Crescent Hotel-You Don’t Want to Miss!

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Yahoo.com picks as #1 Haunted Hotel

Yahoo.com Selects

The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

As The #1 Haunted Hotel In America

One of the leading Internet providers of reviews for lodging in the world, travel.yahoo.com, recently announced “America’s Five Most Haunted Hotels”…and at the top of the list at #1 was the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa located in the Arkansas Ozarks in Eureka Springs.

For years, hotel guests who come for a wedding, romantic getaway, and family vacations have enjoyed “hunting” for ghosts and recounting paranormal tales accompanied by photographic images, many of which can be found on americasmosthauntedhotel.com .  Fans of the paranormal can actually tour the Crescent any night of the year.  And with the exploding interest in the hotel’s “guests who check out but never leave”, tours have been selling out nightly so guests and visitors are encouraged to buy Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour tickets online .

October seems to be “the” month to visit Eureka Springs and the Crescent, and the hotel still has a few nights with rooms available:  October 24, 25 and 26; and November 1, 2 and 3.  Online booking is available.

Some great paranormal events are coming to the Crescent.  On November 18 the hotel debuts its Midnight Theater production of “In the Morgue of the Mastermind:

Norman Baker Speaks”.  It is a nightly live presentation that introduces guests to one of the greatest frauds in American history – notorious Norman Baker who operated a cancer curing hospital in the Crescent in the late 1930s.  During the first full weekend in January 2012 (January 6, 7 and 8), amateur ghost hunters from all over the country will be coming to The Second Annual ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) Weekend where ESP Weekend guests get full and free access to all areas of the hotel including the “morgue”.

By the way, if paranormal devotees want two nights of exploring two different hotels, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located in Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, offers the “Paranormal Pair” package where guests spend one night at the Basin Park and take that hotel’s guided ghost tour and then the next night move to the Crescent for sleeping and taking the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour.  Double the paranormal… all in one trip!