OMNI PARKER HOUSE
According to some accounts, the elevator is known to stop on the third floor without anyone pushing a button of this luxury hotel. Guests are said to have seen the ghost of the hotel’s owner, Harvey Parker, who wonders the halls on the 10th floor. Ghosts appear throughout the year to various guests who claim to hear rocking, foot steps, and other creeks and bumps in the night. It’s not a surprise, though, as the hotel has been around since the mid-19th century.
KEY WEST, FLORIDA
ROBERT THE DOLL
Robert the doll was a gift given to a young boy also named Robert (or Gene as he was called) from his aunt who was living in Germany. He is said to have claimed the life of his aunt and tortured Gene’s mother and servants in the house. They reported Gene having full-on conversations with the doll while hearing a man’s voice reply. Robert lived in the house until Gene inherited from his mother. At this time, Robert came out of storage and lived in his old room (people claimed to have seen Robert peering out of the window). Upon Gene’s death, the doll was rediscovered by a new family who found him in the attic. He can now be visited at the Fort East Martello Museum, but tourists beware: you must ask permission to take his picture.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
MERCHANT HOUSE MUSEUM
The home once owned by the Tredwell family is located in NoHo, and it is known as one of the most haunted places in the entire city. It is said that one of the family members still live there—Gertrude Tredwell. Visitors to the museum report still seeing Gertrude, who died in 1933, and they also reported bizarre sounds and smells. You can also book one of the ghost tours to walk the house with an experienced hunter.
THE MURDER CASTLE
Many men and women checked into The Castle built by H. H. Holmes, but at least 27 never checked out. It is said that the owner of this hotel may have murdered hundreds of people, but he only confessed to 27. A fire exposed Holme’s dark and sordid secret—that he tortured and buried people in hidden corners of the property. Just this year, Holmes’s body was exhumed to verify his identity. While part of the complex still exists (see video below) the site of the Castle is now The Englewood post office at 63rd and Wallace Streets.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Go on a night tour of San Francisco’s most haunted spot, Alcatraz. At night, you’ll definitely feel a chill as you walk through the empty halls of the military prison turned federal prison. The island home of some of the most dangerous criminals in the US, your guide will be happy to point out the spots where the most sightings have been spotted. Most experience “cold spots” in the dining hall.