As part of our Do The Ozarks Halloween series, The Arkansas CW Crew went back this year to the famous haunted hotel The Crescent Hotel. Built in 1886, the first 15 years it served the carriage set and was a exclusive year round hotel resort. During our tour we had a chance to go into Theodora room, Michael’s room and the Morgue. Read More…
Debbie Baxter was in Room 419 on a ghost tour in July. Her camera kept going off and taking pictures sporadically until the battery drained out. Here is one of the photos taken by her camera of interesting reflections or light anomalies on the face of the painting of Theodora.
My fiancée and I were there for the weekend and actually stayed in 419. We had no experiences in the room, however, on the 9:30pm ghost tour, it was a different story.
We were on the tour and had just made it down to the 2nd floor and were walking up to Michael’s room as the tour guide had just started telling his story. I was one of the last to meet to party so I leaned up against the wall close to the door and as soon as I leaned my shoulder into the wall, I heard “Mike” said out loud. It was said one time and in a male voice. I asked my fiancée if she had heard anything or said anything as she was close to me. She had neither heard or said anything. No one else in the group knew who I was or my name, so they would have no reason to call out to me. I got goose bumps and started sweating and just felt “weird” right after it happened. We were talking about it coming home and the same feelings hit all over again.
We recently came upon a video from a couple who had recently stayed in room 318 at the Crescent Hotel and captured something we just couldn’t believe. Please note, the hotel does not have central heat/air but instead has ac window units which are located at the opposite end of this room. Whether this was a hoax or not, you be the judge!
“My last experience was in the morgue at the very end of the tour when the ghost tour guide was trying to contact a young man. I stood at the very edge of the freezer and my friend stood right next to me with her back to an empty hall that we all had just came through. While the guide was trying to communicate, my friend whispered to me asking if I had heard “that.” I turned to her and let her know that I only heard a child say something that I couldn’t make out. I then turned back around to listen to the guide. A few moments had only passed when my friend ask me again if I could hear “that.” I asked her what she had heard, and she had stated she was hearing breathing in her ear right between us. I bent a little and tried to listen but heard nothing so I just shook my head and turned back around. She then told me to hold my breath so she could listen and I did so for about 20 seconds. After a few more moments had passed, she told me again, “You don’t hear that?!.” This time, the look on her face was of horror, and her eyes were teary. I then shook my head, then turned back to listen to the guide. Suddenly, it felt as if someone took both their hands and slowly expanded their finger tips widely on the back of my head. I turned around but nothing was there, plus, my head was against the freezer so no one could have done that.”
Many people have experiences which are quite remarkable and which they cannot explain at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. The following was sent by Vivian Angel and her friends. They were on my ghost tour a few days ago:
“While sitting and waiting while you spoke about what will happen on the tour, my legs, from mid-thigh down to my toes suddenly went freezing cold. I looked around for the air-conditioning and noticed it was not blowing on me and the rest of my body was normal. I then looked at my friend and she asked if I felt like the floor was shaking and I told her that the whole Hotel feels like it’s shaking. It felt kind of like being on a ship on water. She then felt something brush against her leg and looked to see what it was but nothing was there.”
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The site also cited The Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas as a potential candidate. The property, which was built back in 1886, is said to house no less than eight spirits, and was dubbed as “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” by many. Read More…
Every year we try a different formula with ESP and every year we get a few more elements right. The general consensus, from investigation leaders, participants and staff, is that 2015 was the best ESP weekend to date!
We limited the number of participants in the guided investigations, to avoid contamination of active sites.
We cut back on satellite events, to allow more time for investigations.
However, we did extend the hours of our popular ESP testing, and the Psychomanteum – this year set up in the notorious “Dr” Norman Baker’s penthouse – was available until the sun rose. .
Lead investigator Larry Flaxman, best-selling author and founder of ARPAST, shared his time and expertise with every ESP participant, and generously provided the investigation with thousands of dollars worth of highly sensitive equipment.
We instituted a long-overdue policy of no alcohol or alcohol-affected individuals allowed on the investigations.
We extended the investigation to include sister hotel the Basin Park, in downtown Eureka Springs. The Basin Park was closed and empty for the occasion.
And our new approach paid off !
We had an unprecedented amount of response in the 1886 Crescent hotel, from orbs to EVP to a mysterious dark blob that was captured on thermal-imaging camera and left marks on lead investigator Larry Flaxman’s back!
The Basin Park rewarded the first really organized investigation with abundant responses to the Ovilus, EMF and EVP meters. Especially in Room 519, long conversations were held, the instruments yielding yes or no answers to questions put by the investigators.
A young lady was talking to a friend in one of the rooms on the highly active 3rd floor. Her friend noticed a red line slowly appearing around her neck. They both felt an oppressive sense of unease and left the room. The mark remained for hours after. We have no explanation for this – but it is interesting to note that in the early days of the hotel, when gambling was a common activity, one loser who was caught trying to slip through one of the famous bridges to the cliffside had his throat slit by the people he was trying to avoid…
Did we capture any hard evidence during ESP 15? As expected, our instruments registered some major anomalies. But, as with most supernatural phenomena, all we can say is: inexplicable, unrepeatable, inconclusive. However, as ghost-hunting equipment becomes more sophisticated, the percentage of irregularities that cannot be explained by rational means increases. We videotaped throughout the event. Look for an edited version – highlights of ESP15 – to appear on our Facebook and Website pages soon.
We continue to refine our ESP weekends to make the event ever more attractive to serious paranormal investigation groups. Every year we hear more positive feedback from participants, and 2015 received the most enthusiastic responses to date. Next year, we are planning to outdo ourselves!
ESP 2016 will take place over two weekends: Jan 8,9,10 and 15,16,17.
The Basin Park will be investigated on the late evening of Sunday Jan 10th.
We invite you to join us for ESP 16. Bring your group, bring your equipment, bring yourself, and your curiosity. See you in the shadows!
Cemeteries, hotels, battlefields, mental institutions, churches, hospitals and even entire towns in the United States are the stuff of lore, legends and campfire stories, meant to scare the bravest of people. These tales, whether fact or fiction, fascinate believers and nonbelievers alike. Read more…