Crescent Hotel Ghost
by Mary Jo Fraley
Crescent Hotel Ghost
After seeing a show about ghosts at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, we decided to go there in 2009, and see it for ourselves. We took the ghost tour, and heard about how the place had once been a cancer research hospital, and how many of the bodies were hidden in the walls, floors, and grounds of the place.
We waited until around midnight, and went walking around the hotel. It is a huge, castle-like structure that sits on top of a mountain. Although the old morgue area is off limits other than on the tour, we were able to go down into the restrooms, which are just down the hall from there.
I opened the door to the women's restroom, which was pitch-black at the time. My granddaughter and I stepped in, made sure that we were alone, and snapped this photo. We quickly turned around, and walked back out. The place just had a creepy feel to it.
This year, almost to the day, we revisited the hotel. We went back down to that same restroom, and I asked if anyone was in there. No answer. So, I said rather loudly, "I know that you're here. I got your photo last year." All of a sudden, the toilet in the first stall began to clang loudly, as if someone was jiggling the handle like crazy. I didn't stick around long after that. I did manage to snap a few photos, and yes, he did show up again.
Both visits, I did look under the stall doors to make sure no one was there, and remember this is the WOMEN'S restroom.
I am a long time genealogist, and it really eats at me that no one can identify this person. There are very few records that might identify him. The doctor that ran the place wanted no evidence of who had been disposed of, so he destroyed most of the records.
I know that the ghost can be hard to see, but he is reflected in the mirror about midway. He is standing sort of sideways, looking straight at me, with holes where his eyes should be. If you have trouble seeing him, I find it easier to first locate his arm running down the side of his body. You might also notice the orbs in the photo.
Update: Info from Mary Jo
Since the original photo that I submitted was so hard to see, I have tried to outline the ghost in black. I hope that this helps everyone to see what I see.
I am trying to get an outlined version of my ghost photo in for the viewers. I really hope this works!