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Phoenix hotel's 'ghosts' to star on Travel Channel
Post by jenny on Jan 19th, 2004, 05:52am
Angela Cara Pancrazio/The Arizona Republic
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 17, 2004 12:00 AM
Like distant relatives, they pay you a visit when you least expect them.
Employees of the Hotel San Carlos claim they know these ghosts well. So well, in fact, that they know their names.
There's Leone Jensen - or the ghost of Leone - who refuses to be forgotten.
The ghosts have wandered the San Carlos for decades. Why all the fuss now?
On Monday, Phoenix's historic hotel will be featured on the Travel Channel's Weird Travels: Haunted Hotels - Echoes of the Past segment at 8 and 11 p.m.
Perhaps, says Eddie Gladue, the hotel's front office manager, because Jensen's death is legendary and mysterious, her spirit lingers.
A May 7, 1928, article from The Arizona Republican printed this version of the untimely death of the 22-year-old:
"Pretty blonde jumps from San Carlos early today . . . she had been registered at the San Carlos for two days . . . two death notes were found in her room
at the San Carlos, in one of which she mentioned a bellboy of a hotel other than the San Carlos. The first note read: 'May I leave for friends from friendships here. A glad goodbye. Heart broken but true. If only the world could find the truth I would off this the same as my birth. The black and blue marks are from a bell boy they call ___ who lives in the ___ hotel.' "
A much different version that has been passed down over the decades stimulates the imagination even more so than her farewell message.
"She jumped or was pushed, they didn't do an inquest," said Korrie Brown of the hotel's marketing department.
"She was heartbroken," Gladue said. "She had recently broken up with her bellman boyfriend who worked at the Westward Ho.
"That's what one of the psychics told us."
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Re: Phoenix hotel's 'ghosts' to star on Travel Cha
Post by jenny on Jan 19th, 2004, 05:53am
Psychics are drawn to the historic hotel at Central Avenue and Monroe Street.
Gladue said one of them told hotel representatives that it's possible that Jensen was pregnant and her bellman boyfriend was having an affair with a hotel employee named Savannah.
"Savannah and the bellman robbed her and pushed her," Gladue said.
"The psychics agree she was pregnant and most likely murdered. Psychics believe a person's spirit stays here because they have unresolved issues," he said.
Each week, a walking tour is given of downtown haunts.
Leone Jensen isn't the only ghost some believe to be hanging around the San Carlos. Brown and Gladue say more than a half-dozen regulars leave calling cards.
Sometimes it's a padlock in the basement rattling against a door with no one on either side, other times it's a freezing breeze that wafts through the basement or hallways, and then there are the voices of children.
The hotel sits on what was once the first school in Phoenix. Built in 1874, the school was condemned in 1916 to make way for a tremendous hotel and the
building was purchased in 1919. The San Carlos, a hotel for tourists, was not built until 1927, however.
Some say this might account for - at least for those who have heard and seen children when none were registered - why their ghosts remain.
Also, Brown and Gladue explained, many children died during the swine flu epidemic in 1918.
A few years ago, when engineers attending a convention booked the hotel, the guest list was all men.
Yet, Gladue recalled, one guest complained that he could hear a little girl cry and cough all night long.
Gladue told the guest it was probably one of the ghosts.
Brown, the marketer who doesn't want to overstate the occurrence of ghostly visits, said, "All the ghosts are not mean or malicious, they want to make it known they're here."
There are, of course, those employees like the executive housekeeper who only offered her first name, Cynthia. She probably has had the most experiences
with the alleged stubborn spirits, and doesn't want to talk about them.
"No," she shook her head, ducking behind doors, "I leave them alone."
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