The story of the Ghost Bride dates back to the late 1920s. The story goes that on the young couple’s wedding day, the bride, decked out in her wedding gown, descended one of the hotel’s marble staircases. Something startled her, causing her to slip and fall. Some say she caught her heel in the hem of her dress. Others say her dress brushed up against a candle’s flame. Whatever the cause, the end result is the bride died on those steps.
Since then, hotel staff and guests alike have reported seeing a veiled figure moving up and down the stairs, or seeing a figure in a wedding dress dancing in the ballroom upstairs, pining for the first dance with her husband that she never had.
Sam McCauley, a genial old Scotsman who was head bellman during the sixties and seventies died in 1975. One incident involved two elderly women calling the bell desk for assistance after they found their key would not work. The regular bellman was occupied with other duties and didn’t respond for 15 minutes. By the time he arrived at their door, it was unlocked. One of the women said an older bellman in a plaid jacket, matching Sam’s description exactly, had helped them.
Guests have reported having the pillows yanked out from under their heads while they slept or even being pushed off the bed by some unseen entity. An entire family was supposedly murdered there and ever since guests in the room have reported being awakened by screaming. When they turned on the lights, they would see bloody handprints on the mirror. Depending on who tells the story, the handprints either disappeared before the hotel staff had a chance to clean them or wouldn’t come off at all. In any case, if you visit the floor where the room should be, you’ll find it’s been completely covered and is inaccessible from the hallway, which is either to keep guests out of the supposedly haunted room or due to renovations, depending on who you ask.
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