“I can’t; they’ve forbidden us to,” the concierge said, in response to reporters when they asked about the Sheraton Gunter Hotel’s history. “Apparently someone was having trouble sleeping and it got around to the boss. I’m sure the internet can tell you most of the facts, especially the meat grinder part.”
The internet did indeed include the “meat grinder” part as the concierge had mentioned.
On February 6, 1965 a man checked into the hotel under the alias “Albert Knox” and was given room 636.
Two days later on February 8, the maid, Maria Guerra, opened the door to room 636, ignoring the “Do Not Disturb” sign and let out a blood-curdling scream.Blood covered the sheets, railed across the floors, and coated the walls, accompanied by a bullet hole through one of the chairs. A man standing in the middle of the room, believed to be “Knox,” pressed his index finger to his lips and shushed the maid before grabbing a bloody bundle and disappearing down the hall.
It took nearly an hour before the police were notified.
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“Excuse me, ma’am? Can we see the room? Room 636?” asked the reporters. The maid looked up from her cleaning supplies and blinked at the two newspaper staffers who had hesitantly asked to see the haunted room.
“Sure, but you have to tell me something, why is everyone asking to look into this room?” she asked.
The newspaper students exchanged glances.”Because its the room where the woman was murdered 45 years ago.” The woman’s eyes widened as the students told her the story they had read online.
“Nobody ever told me that story, they just keep asking to see the room,” the maid answered. “I’m going to have to look that up now, y’all make me curious. But I’ve cleaned that room plenty of times and nothing scary ever happens in that room. Room 623, maybe, but not room 636.”
What did she mean? After research, we found that rooms 623 and 624 used to be a suite, and the rooms above them are still suites on the 10th, 11th, and 12th floors.
“I’ll be cleaning one of those rooms and something will fall, and I’ll think to myself ‘I know I didn’t drop that.’ Sometimes the TV will turn on and off or the doors will slam shut. If any rooms in this hotel are haunted, it’s those rooms,” she said.
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A few days later and a man tried to check into room 636 of the St. Anthony hotel. After being told that room 636 was occupied, he took room 536.
Days went by, the man in room 536 had not allowed the maid to clean his room. Both hotel security and the police were notified.
The security guard, who was accompanied by Detective Frank Castillon, jingled his keys against the door, not wanting to disturb the man hiding inside the room. A shot rang out and both the guard and detective burst through the room.
The man was “Knox.” He choked on his own blood as Castillon tried to question him, but it was too late. “Knox” successfully killed himself in room 536, leaving the police with no other leads. They could only guess what happened to the woman that accompanied him while he was staying at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel.
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The reports of paranormal activity at the hotel have died down since the 90’s and while we’ve found that some employees avoid the floor, or fear the room, no one could confirm that many employees quit after cleaning the room.
But there is no reason to go home tonight and have trouble sleeping. Some words of wisdom: “I’m not afraid of the dead,” the maid said. “I’m more afraid of the living.”