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Colorado Ghost Tours, Cemetery Tours, Murder Mysteries, & Misc. Macabre Events!

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International Ghost Tours & Links

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Colorado Paranormal Investigators

Colorado Ghost Books!

Haunted Colorado Inns For Sale

Haunted Denver ~ click here!........(but; if you are looking for Denver ghostly events - then click here)

Ghosts of Steamboat Springs

Murder Mystery Trains

Ghost Stories of The Hotel Colorado

Ghost stories of the haunted Miramont Castle

Does a ghostly sentinel guard Fort Garland?

Click here to see my ghost pictures of the Stanley Hotel (Estes Park)

More about The Shining and the Stanley Hotel

Boulder's Jane Doe (aired on America's Most Wanted on July 8, 2006)

Denver's haunted Peabody-Whitehead Mansion

The haunted Black American West Museum ~  (the historic Dr. Justina L. Ford House)

                    The infamous JonBenet Ramsey house was up for sale .....yet again!

                                           ......Listed again in  March of  2014!!

                                                                           Click here for the details!
                                   Ghostly & Macabre Events!

                                         ........And even a few ghost stories sprinkled in......!

                               ******  Please check dates -  EVENTS, TIMES AND DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE  ******

Alphabetized by City

Click on each city name where you'd like to see events for:

Allenspark-  (Boulder County)

Arvada-(Jefferson County)

Aspen- (Pitkin County)

Aurora- (Arapahoe, Adams & Douglas Counties)- 3rd largest city in Colorado

Berthoud- (Larimer County)-North Central Colorado

Black Forest- (El Paso County)

Black Hawk- (Gilpin County)- "The City of Mills"

Boulder- (Boulder County)

Breckenridge - (Summit County) - Cemetery walks!

Broomfield - (Broomfield County)

Buena Vista - (Chaffee County) - The Upper Arkansas RiverValley/Whitewater Capital of Colorado

Canon City - (Fremont County) - "The Correctional Capitol of Colorado!"

Cascade- (El Paso County)

Castle Rock- (Douglas County)

Central City- (Gilpin County) - "The Richest Square Mile on Earth"-  Ghost Tours!

Colorado Springs- (El Paso County) - "Little London"

Craig- (Moffat County)

Creede - (Mineral County)- Southwestern Colorado- along the Continental Divide

Crested Butte- (Gunnison County) - "The Wildflower Capital of Colorado!"

Cripple Creek- (Teller County) - "The World's Greatest Gold Camp!"

Delta- (Delta County) - 'The City of Murals'

Denver- (Denver County)- "Queen City of the Plains"  & the "Mile-High City"- TONS of exciting ghostly events!

Dillon- (Summit County)

Dolores- Montezuma County- On the San Juan Skyway- In the heart of Mesa Verde Country in Southwest Colorado

Durango- (La Plata County)-In the Four Corners area!

Elizabeth- (Elbert County)

Empire- (Clear Creek County)- 35 miles West of Denver on I-70

Erie- (Boulder County) - Annual Ghost tours!

Estes Park- (Larimer County)- The famously haunted Stanley Hotel!  REDRUM!

Evergreen-(Jefferson County)

Fairplay- (Park County)

Florence - (Fremont County) - "The Antique Capital of Colorado!" .......Ghost Tours held in July!!

Florissant - (Teller County)

Fort Collins- (Larimer County)-North Central Colorado- Annual Terror Tours!

Fort Garland- (Costilla County) -In the San Luis Valley

Fort Lupton - (Weld County)

Fort Morgan- (Morgan County) NE Colorado

Franktown- (Douglas County)

Frisco- (Summit County)- Summer Cemetery Tours

Fruita-(Mesa County)-Western Colorado

Georgetown- (Clear Creek County)- 35 miles West of Denver on I-70- "The Silver Queen of the Rockies"

Glenwood Springs- (Garfield County)

Golden- (Jefferson County)- Where the West lives!

Grand Junction- (Mesa County) In the Grand Valley- Tour of the Tombstones

Grand Lake- (Grand County)- Annual Tombstone Tours!

Greeley - (Weld County)- History Alive!  “Spirits of Greeley’s Past"

Gypsum - (Eagle County)

Highlands Ranch- (Douglas County)

Holyoke - (Phillips County) - On the beautiful high plains of Northeastern Colorado

Idaho Springs- (Clear Creek County)

La Junta- (Otero County)- On the High Plains of scenic Southeast Colorado

La Veta- (Huerfano County)- Stay at the historic and haunted La Veta Inn!!

Lake City- (Hinsdale County)- Ghost & Cemetery tours!

Lakewood- (Jefferson County)

Larkspur- (Douglas County)

Leadville- (Lake County)- 103 miles west of Denver- Ghost events!

Littleton- {Jefferson County}- Ghost tours of historic downtown Littleton- Held annually in October!

Longmont- (Boulder County)- Ghost tours- Held annually in October by Dori Spence!

Louisville- (Boulder County)

Loveland- "The Sweetheart City"- (Larimer County)-North Central Colorado - Annual Ghost tours every October by Dori Spence!

Lyons- (Boulder County)

Mancos-(Montezuma County)-Southwestern Colorado- Near the Four Corners

Manitou Springs- (El Paso County)- Emma Crawford'sVictorian Wake- Held annually in October!

Meeker- (Rio Blanco County)- Northwestern Colorado- In the White River Valley

Monte Vista - (Rio Grande County)- The largest city in Rio Grande County in beautiful Southern Colorado!

Montrose - (Montrose County)

Morrison- (Jefferson County)- Ghost tours!

Nederland- (Boulder County)-Frozen Dead Guy Days- Held annually in March!

Northglenn- (Adams County)

Old Colorado City- Annual Cemetery Crawls

Ouray- (Ouray County)- "The Switzerland of America!" SW Colorado - 80 miles North of Durango

Pagosa Springs- (Archuleta County)- Chimney Rock Archaeological Area- Full Moon Tours!

Paonia- (Delta County) - Western Colorado

Parker- (Douglas County) - Annual cemetery tour held every September

Penrose - (Fremont County)

Platteville- (Weld County)- 15 miles Southwest of Greeley

Pueblo- (Pueblo County) - "Steel City!"

Red Cliff - (Eagle County)

Red Feather Lakes- (Larimer County)

Redstone- {Pitkin County}-"The Ruby of the Rockies!" In the gorgeous Crystal River Valley! (186 miles SW of Denver)

Rico- (Dolores County)-Along the beautiful San Juan Scenic Byway-in the heart of the breathtaking San Juan Mountains!.

Salida- (Chaffee County) - On eastern slope of Rocky Mountains in Central Colorado

Sedalia- (Douglas County)

Silver Cliff- (Custer County)

Silver Plume- (Clear Creek County) - 35 miles West of Denver on I-70

Silverthorne - (Summit County)- Annual Coroner's Ball held every October!

Silverton~  (San Juan County)- Cemetery tours, murder mystery trains,and more!

South Fork- (Rio Grande County) -Southwestern end of the San Luis Valley

St. Elmo- (Chaffee County)- South central Colorado along the Arkansas River Valley

Steamboat Springs- {Routt County)- In the mountains of Northwest Colorado

Sterling- (Logan County) - Northeastern Colorado

Stratton- (Kit Carson County)- East Central Colorado- 150 miles east of Denver along I-70

Telluride- (San Miguel County)-Southwest Colorado ~ “To-hell-you-ride!"

Trinidad- (Las Animas County)- In the Purgatoire River Valley

Victor- (Teller County) - "The City of Mines"

Walsenburg- (Huerfano County)

Wheat Ridge- (Jefferson County)- The haunted Richards-Hart Estate!

Winter Park- (Grand County)- Fraser Valley- 67 miles NW of Denver
                            *** The gorgeous and very haunted  Redstone Castle in Redstone was recently SOLD AT AUCTION on 10/7/2016 ***

                                                                          ~  Colorado castle sells in 15-minute auction  ~

October 7th, 2016

KUSA - It didn't' take long for a Colorado castle to sell on the auction block.

Last month 9NEWS told you about this mansion up for sale in Redstone between Glenwood Springs and Aspen.

Twenty-four bedrooms and 16 bathrooms are inside this 23,000 square foot home that comes with a nearly 5,000 square foot carriage house.

On Friday, October 7th, 2016, the bidding started at $2.2 million.

The auction house says it lasted 15 minutes - with three bids total: including two from Colorado and 1 from Texas.

The winner hasn't been identified, but is described as an entrepreneur.

We won't know just how much the winner bid until the sale closes, which is expected to happen within 30 days.


                                                                                                                                       The above gorgeous photos are from:  www.redstonecastle.us


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                                                                                        THE HAUNTED REDSTONE CASTLE

The historic manor is haunted.

"I can attest to that," said Sue McEvoy.

For the past nine years, McEvoy has been curator for the castle in the mountains above Carbondale.
She says guests have reported strange incidents. There's also a legend that spirits hover in a secret passageway that connects the nursery to the servant's quarters. But what spooks McEvoy, who has lived on the
property for six years, is the ghostly cigar smoke.

A turn-of-the-century robber baron, John Cleveland Osgood, completed the 42-room English Tudor manor in 1902 for the then-outlandish sum of more than $2.5 million. He reportedly wanted to impress fellow
industrialists such as J.P. Morgan, Jay Gould, John D. Rockefeller and President Teddy Roosevelt. Osgood, who made his fortune in coal and steel, died in 1927. But McEvoy thinks he's still floating around. She
believes she has smelled his cigar smoke. "The door to his bedroom was closed, the windows were open, I could smell cigar smoke, but no one else was on the property," she said.


Redstone Mansion Opens After 3 Years Of Litigation

(AP) REDSTONE, Colo. The century-old mansion of steel magnate John Cleveland will reopen to tourists on June 1 after being closed for three years after the Internal Revenue Service took it over during an
investigation of an alleged multimillion-dollar fraud scheme.

"We think having the castle open for tours will bring a lot of people to Redstone," said Sue McEvoy, the castle's caretaker for eight years and an employee there for 11. It will be open Monday through Friday.

It can't come soon enough for nearby businesses -- the ones that weren't forced to close.
"We need tours for business," said Bob Stifter, owner of the antique shop Tiffany's of Redstone, one of several businesses that will sell tour tickets.  "It's almost a bust in town. We need them bad. You can see all the
shops closed up. We need the tours. Everyone that comes in asks about the tours. Everyone wants to know how they can see the castle," he told the Aspen Daily News.

California businessman Ralli Dimitrius bought the Tudor castle, also known as Cleveholm Manor, at an auction in March 2004 for $4 million. Although he said he was anxious to get it open, extensive upgrades to the
aging building have delayed its opening.

Stifter said every time he saw Dimitrius he would beg him to get the building open. "Maybe he listened to me," Stifter said. "I don't know. Maybe other people asked him, too. Maybe I did some good."

The repairs have been extensive, including fixing the boiler for the 20,000-square-foot mansion. Some issues remain unresolved, such as whether to connect to the town's sewer system.

Five rooms inside the building and its exterior cannot be changed because they are covered by a state historic foundation easement.
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.......VERY eerie photo taken by Jamie Calhoun of the Stanley Hotel in May 2009! Jamie took this picture from outside looking up at the room in
which she and her husband stayed: room # 408. Although they didn't experience anything paranormal while they were staying in room #408; this
haunting photo shows that they may not have been alone in that room after all......!

*** Thank you, Jamie, for this FANTASTIC photo!! ***
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                                                  .....More Haunted Real Estate!

......Are you looking for a haunted house to live in....?   .......A REAL haunted house....?   Look no further!

Contact Real Estate Agent & Paranormal Investigator Paul Hill at: paulh@ourcoloradohomes.net  - or call him at: (303) 927-9134!

        Paul's websites:
www.ourcoloradohomes.net   ~    www.lightinthedarkparanormal.wordpress.com

 .....Do you have a haunted house for sale?     Realtor Paul Hill has a client who is looking to buy one!
                  .....{Actually.....probably MANY clients who are looking for haunted homes to live in!!}

 Paul says:  ".......hauntings are my first priority, and will drop everything if I can to check them out."

                          Paul is also currently working on a prospective cable show re: haunted real estate!

                                           Paul also sells regular, non-haunted real estate as well.  
Although haunted homes *are* Paul's top priority ~ he says that he doesn't sell haunted real estate exclusively....as there aren't enough such
properties for sale.....

* Personal Note from Haunted Colorado.net:  I think that there are a lot more haunted homes out there on the market than most people realize.  
..Especially the old, historic homes that have had a century or more of: memories, of history, and of people living there confined within those walls.. I
think that most sellers are probably very hesitant to disclose that their home is indeed haunted ~ for fear that if they do so, then that would scare
potential buyers away, or they could lose a potential promising sale. But if sellers only realized that there IS a huge market out there for people
specifically seeking out - and wanting to buy - haunted homes - then I feel that sellers should market their house as such.

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.....So, whether you are looking for a home.....either haunted - or - non-haunted....Paul's the guy to call!  (303) 927-9134

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The Property Owner's Network ~ Our Colorado Homes
P.O. Box 295
Windsor, CO  80550
Paul Hill  
Inspections of Paranormally Affected Buildings, Listings, & Sales of Haunted Properties  
                                                                          You can E-mail me at:   Lindy1104@aol.com

.......Also, please knock on the door below ~ which just so happens is the door to Room #217 of the Stanley Hotel.....
......& by doing so, you can also sign the HAUNTED COLORADO guestbook ~ as well as share your own personal ghost stories!

...Incidentally, Rm. 217 is the exact room where Stephen King stayed when he got oh so inspired and wrote The Shining...!!
...& now you
can also
                              .....Solving the American West's Greatest Mystery:

                                                 Was Alferd Packer Innocent of Murder?

                                                                                                     ...Colorado's Cannibalistic Murder Mystery!

                                                 Historic photo from: www.history.denverlibrary.org/news/alferd-packer-truth-out-there

From the words of David Bailey, 2002

Curator of History at the Museum of Western Colorado in Grand Junction

"In 1994, one of my main objectives as Curator of History was to photograph, document, and obtain the provenance or associated history of the firearms in the
Thrailkill collection. The Thrailkill collection has an amazing assortment of pistols, rifles, carbines, and swords owned by the famous and infamous figures of the
Wild West, such as Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill, and outlaw members of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch.

Many of the firearms had fascinating histories that were well documented and verified by firearms experts. Several had little or no historic information, but a few
had tantalizing bits of information that connected them to important events in Colorado history. One of the most intriguing of these was an 1862 Colt Police Model
pistol. The pistol was in poor condition, the grips were rotted off, the main spring broken, and the rusted cylinder of the gun still had .38 caliber bullets in three of
its five chambers. The yellowed accession card with the gun cryptically stated, " This gun was found at the site where Packer killed and ate five of his traveling

The card referred to one of the most infamous incidents in the American West. In the winter of 1874, Packer and five prospecting companions tried to cross the
San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado in order to reach the Los Pinos Indian Agency, 75 miles from present day Lake City. The famous Ute leader, Chief
Ouray, advised them not to attempt this dangerous passage in winter, but the prospectors, anxious to get to a gold strike in Breckenridge, ignored his warning. In
April of that year, only one man ventured out of the mountains, Packer. Suspicions were aroused and Packer was arrested after his companions were found
murdered and partially eaten. Fearing that he would be lynched and hanged, Packer escaped from jail and stayed on the run for eight years. He was eventually
arrested in Cheyenne, Wyoming, tried, and after several changes of venue, was sentenced to forty years in prison. During the trial, he told the jury that his
prospecting companion, Shannon Bell, attacked him with a hatchet after killing the other members in the party. Packer then fired his gun at Bell and killed him.
After much hesitation, Packer admitted to "eating the flesh of his fellow man" knowing that he was on the brink of death from starvation. Packer later claimed that
it was cannibalism that sent him to jail not murder charges. However, in 1901, Packer was paroled after sixteen years in prison due to the public outcry that he
was convicted on flimsy circumstantial evidence. He eventually died in 1907, claiming to his last breath that he was innocent of murdering his traveling

To think that this rusted relic could actually be the pistol that Packer used to shoot Bell intrigued me and I decided to find out whether or not this gun had actually
been at the murder site. While researching the pistol's origin, I found out it had been issued by the Colt Firearms Company as a cap and ball revolver in 1862.
The gun was later re-released in 1873 and converted to fire .38 caliber rimfire bullets. This conversion pistol was popular with prospectors because it was
inexpensive and this is why it accompanied the ill-fated Packer expedition. Even more astoundingly, while working with archaeologist Phil Born in the Museum
collections, he noticed the pistol and recalled seeing a photograph of it taken by his cousin, Jim Harris, many years ago.

On April 14, 1994, I contacted his cousin in Texas and found out how the pistol came into the Museum's possession. A young Western State College historian,
Ernest Ronzio, had unearthed the pistol in 1950. Mr. Ronzio was a student of C.T. Hurst, the father of Colorado Archeology. After the pistol was found at the
Packer massacre on Cannibal Mesa, near Lake City, Colorado, it was brought to Jim Harris, then a member of the Uncompahgre Archaeology Society, to be
photographed and studied. The pistol later went on display at the Western State College (WSC) Museum. I verified that the pistol had been in the Museum's
collection when I noticed an old accession number on the backstrap of the gun. I called the librarian at WSC and she found the old museum record book
indicated that the accession number on the gun matched an entry in the book. This entry described the rusted condition of the pistol and that it came from the
Packer site on loan by Ronzio. Eventually the pistol was purchased by Audrey Thrailkill and given to the Museum of Western Colorado.

Having established the proper time frame and location in conjunction with the Packer massacre, I began a search for every document related to the Packer case
in hopes of connecting the pistol to the crime. From 1994 to 1999, I combed through archives, research libraries, old diaries, depositions, and hundreds of pages
of the Packer trial documents. The evidence that emerged was astounding because many of the documents were proof that Packer was innocent. I found much
of the testimony given by the witnesses against Packer directly contradicted later interviews they gave to the press and other private sources. Other 1873
documents indicated that, although the bodies had been exposed to the elements, each of the dead men was identifiable by their clothes and physical features.
A Civil War veteran that visited the crime scene stated that Shannon Bell had been shot twice and the other victims were killed with a hatchet. Upon careful study
of Bell, he noticed a severe bullet wound to the pelvic area and that Bell's wallet had a bullet hole through it. He also stated that only two shots were fired at the
murder scene, both at Bell. This passage caught my attention because the rusted 1862 Colt pistol found many years later at the scene had two chambers empty
and three loaded.

The facts from the 1873 investigation of the murder scene seemed to mesh with the physical evidence, the 1862 Colt pistol. Packer stated numerous times
during his trial that he shot the real killer Shannon Bell, but his testimony failed to convince the jury. What is even stranger is that visitors to the crime scene
failed to report their findings on the witness stand, and in some cases lied about what they discovered.
My case to prove Packer was innocent came to a stand still in the spring of 1999. Even though I had physical evidence that matched Packer's story, there was
still no way to scientifically tie the gun to the murder scene. The pistol never was introduced as evidence because it was lost after Packer's desperate fight with
Bell in a snowstorm in 1873 and not recovered until 1950 by Mr. Ronzio.

As with many historical investigations, my chance to prove my case came unexpectedly during a visit to the Lake City Museum in October of 2000. The Museum
of Western Colorado and the Hinsdale County Historical Society had just finished a joint exhibit on Packer. I asked Grant Houston, the Hinsdale County Historian,
about the exhumation of the Packer party victims by Dr. Starrs and a forensic team in 1989. He explained the team proved the bodies had been cannibalized and
had met violent deaths. Each of the skeletons had been marked A through E for scientific identification and then photographed. Skeleton A had a hole in the
pelvic region and therefore must be Shannon Bell. Mr. Houston shocked me by mentioning that forensic samples had been taken from under the skeletons and
were now in possession of the Historical Society. I then asked if the Museum could borrow the samples from Skeleton A (Shannon Bell) for testing. Hopefully,
there would still be gunshot residue in the samples to help prove Packer's story that Shannon Bell had been shot at close range.

After receiving permission from the Historical Society, I took the samples to Mesa State's Electron Microscopy facility in Grand Junction. A team of scientists led
by Dr. Richard Dujay, the facility manager, began to examine the bits of wool fabric, old buttons, and soil for the traces of residue with the electron microscope.
Dr. Dujay knew the task of finding gunshot residue would be difficult and stated, "It's as if 127 years ago someone hit a baseball in the U.S. and now you're
asking to find it."

However, on February 10, 2001, we found the baseball, a 50-micron piece of lead. Dujay and other scientists discovered that the fragment was man-made,
because of its structure, size, and composition. He next used an X-Ray spectrograph to analyze the elemental makeup of the object. Dujay found that the object
was consistent with lead used for bullets during the post-Civil War era. The scientists next took a small sample from a bullet still in the gun and compared it with
the lead fragment underneath Skeleton A. The X-Ray spectrograph showed an exact match!
Finally I had proof that linked the gun to the murder scene.

Although this new information was over a century too late to help vindicate Packer, it is never to late for the truth.

As the fall 2001 semester begins the "Alferd Packer Project" is still going strong at Mesa State College. Two students (Chad Williams and Matt Marvin) will be
working their way through 80 plus specimen stubs using the Scanning Electron Microscope, located in the Science Lab Building, and supervised by Rick Dujay
Ph.D. Chad has already found an additional lead fragment, slightly smaller than the first, using Energy Dispersive Spectrography (EDS). The particle's
composition has yet to be compared to the bullet lead sampled from Alferd Packer's gun, but the theory is that a consistency will exist between the two. Matt will
begin his search beginning the third week of the fall semester.

The Packer research team will take a trip to Lake City soon to gather more soil samples and survey the murder site. Publications on the project will be forth
coming with the completion and release of David Bailey's book on Packer, followed by scientific and possibly forensic publications concerning the work performed
at Mesa State College.

Alferd Packer T-shirts are available at the Museum of Western Colorado and may be available soon at Mesa State's campus book store.
The T-shirts boast the cooperation between the Museum of Western Colorado and Mesa State College with the names of the research team members, including
MSC students, listed on the back of the shirts.

                                                                          Haunted Real Estate in Colorado......and Disclosure Laws



       Above photo from www.zillow.com


What if a broker thinks that a home for sale is haunted?   Does she have a duty to tell the buyer?

Colorado real estate law does speak to this issue:   Under Section 38-35.5-101 of the CRS statutes:

Nondisclosure of Information Psychologically Impacting Real Property

we note in Paragraph 2...

No cause of action shall arise  against a real estate broker ... for failing to disclose such circumstance occurring on the property which might psychologically impact or stigmatize such property.

In other words, Colorado law makers didn't want brokers to be able to inadvertently stigmatize a property by saying it was the scene of emotionally violent acts like murder or suicide, let alone haunted (see
Related Story for a different
state's interpretation).

On the other hand, you as a buyer would certainly want to know this before you inherit some things in the house you may not want.  What if a property is known to be haunted, like
Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs?  Since its known
to be haunted, I as a broker would disclose that fact to an uninformed buyer (
Better to Disclose), should it be for sale.  It would be hard to stigmatize a property that has already been stigmatized.

But what if that property in Colorado* did not have such a reputation, and you were shown it as a buyer?  What if you sensed something wrong?  Even if you were convinced it was haunted, and the broker showing it agreed, the next
time he showed it to a different buyer he would not be required to disclose his opinion.

Haunted Houses are part of the real estate market and part of our modern culture, regardless of what you may or may not believe.  Whether you're buying or selling, it doesn't have to be Halloween to sleep well in a haunted house!

Paul Hill
All Rights Reserved

*Each state has its own law regarding disclosure of paranormal properties.  Consult your local broker or department of real estate for details.

CONTACT Paul Hill for:
Inspections of Paranormally Affected Buildings-
Listing & Sale of Haunted Properties

Paul Hill & the Property Owner's Network - Our Colorado Homes

                                                                                          The Changeling House

                                                                                                                                                  The Henry Treat Rogers Mansion

                                                                                                                                       1739 East 13th Avenue; Denver  ~  (No longer standing)

                                                                                                                     {Above Photo from the Denver Public Library Western History Photo Collection}


                                                                 Moviemaker's Tale is Stuff from Which Horror Flicks Sprout

By Frances Melrose, Rocky Mountain News

Published: October 26, 1986

Now comes the time for ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night.

Colorado has had its share of weird tales, from the ghostly glimmers in the old cemetery at Silver Cliff to any number of "haunted" houses.
We told the story of the Hindry House, one of Denver's most celebrated haunted houses, on Sept. 21. But there are many more.

Moviemaker Russell Hunter, who filmed the Changeling, an edge-of-the-seat horror picture, a few years ago, said in an interview in 1980
that the strange events depicted in the movie happened to him while he lived in a mansion that stood on the edge of Cheesman Park. The
house since has been torn down.

Hunter, then a musical arranger for television, moved from New York to Denver in 1968. He said later that he had rented the house for the
"unbelievable price of $200 per month, because no one else wanted to live there."

Slightly more than a week after he moved in, strange things began to happen, he said: Banging and crashing were heard regularly,
apparently coming from a bedroom fireplace. One morning, Hunter yelled "Stop it!" and never heard the noise again, he said later.

Next, doors began to open and close mysteriously by themselves, he said, while walls vibrated and threw paintings to the floor. A woman
he met at a bridge game told Hunter he undoubtedly had a poltergeist in the house.

At another social gathering, he said, Hunter met a man whom no one later could identify. The man told Hunter the house had a third floor
which could be reached through a secret stair concealed in back of a second-floor closet.

With help, Hunter broke open the back closet wall and discovered a narrow stairway, covered with the dust of years.

In the attic, Hunter discovered a child's trunk that obtained the diary of a 9-year-old boy whose family had hidden him in the attic because
they were ashamed that he had been born a cripple. The journal mentioned that the boy's favorite toy was a red rubber ball.

Not long afterward, according to Hunter, the red ball began to appear in the house and was seen by more than 30 people.

Following the suggestion of friends, the moviemaker called in a widely known medium who conducted a seance in the house.

A strange story unfolded as the medium spoke in a trance. The crippled child would have inherited a great fortune from his grandfather,
but the child died before he could inherit. He was buried secretly, and the family acquired a similar-looking boy from an orphanage and
palmed him off as their own in order to collect the inheritance.

The second boy graduated from a leading university and became a successful industrialist, said the medium.

The spirit of the crippled boy would not rest, according to Hunter. The medium, speaking as the child, said his body had been buried
seven feet under the closet sill of a bedroom in a designated house in South Denver.

They would know it was he, the medium said, because they would find a gold medal with his name and birthdate on it. What's more, the
medium said the spirit threatened harm to the children of the house where he was buried if the owners of the house would not give
permission for the search.

After a couple of warning incidents affecting their children, the owners of the house gave permission for the excavation under the
bedroom. The gold medal was found.

But Hunter still had no peace. Back in his own house, some glass doors blew up as he approached them and shards of glass cut an
artery, he said. Bedroom wall shook.

Not long afterward, the house was demolished on order and, during the work, walls of a bedroom exploded and crushed a man operating
the bulldozer, said Hunter.

Hunter moved to a house on Kearney Street, but the poltergeist moved with him, he said, continuing its mischievous pranks.

Again, urged by friends, the moviemaker called in a priest from Denver's Epiphany Episcopal Church to perform the rites of exorcism.

The priest, who asked that his named not be used, said of Hunter:

"He did seem to have a problem. We performed the rites of exorcism in his second house, on Kearney Street."

The rites apparently worked, the priest said. At least, the priest heard no more from Hunter.

                                                                                      River's Inn Bed & Breakfast

                                                                                                                  Antonito, CO



    Henry Jordan is the primary ghost who haunts the inn. Henry is an older gentleman who frequently smokes cigars. You can periodically walk through the halls and rooms and smell the
smoke.  There are also two more spirits present. The innkeepers believe that one of the ghosts is Henry's wife; and the other ghost is possibly a small girl relative, like a daughter or

River's Inn Bed & Breakfast
317 River St.
Antonito, CO, 81120, US
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          The famously haunted & historic Stanley Hotel    ..........    in beautiful Estes Park     

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                                                        The haunted & historic....
                                                                                        Hotel St. Cloud in Canon City....                       


                    Photo from the Canon City Daily Record

                                                                                                        .... is currently being renovated; and will reopen at some point in the future!


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One of the oldest hotels in the state, the 1890s St. Cloud Hotel in Cañon City was recently threatened with demolition before The Future of
Yesterday Foundation formed after public outcry halted the razing.  As part of the Cañon City Downtown Historic District, the gorgeous Second
Empire building is characterized by its mansard roof with dormer windows, segmental arched windows, and rough cut stones that mark the
building’s edges.  With a grant from the History Colorado State Historical Fund, The Future of Yesterday Foundation will rehabilitate the roof
of the deteriorated but revered building that was once a home-away-from-home for the rich movie-making industry of Cañon City’s history.

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Hotel St. Cloud located at 627-631 Main Street, Canon City, Colorado. Originally built in Silver Cliff in 1879, the structure was later moved
brick-by-brick and reassembled in Canon City in 1886. The three-story red brick structure is distinguished by its fourth floor mansard roof,
elegant interiors, and also contained the city's first elevator.

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             Croke-Patterson Mansion - 1892                                                                                               Patterson Inn - Modern Day

                      Ten Spooky Stories from Denver's Own Croke-Patterson Mansion


October 27, 2011
By Robin Edwards

    "Anyone can write a ghost book and make it up, but when you've got something in your neighborhood that has a rich history and you can tie the spirits to who lived in that house, that
makes your hair stand up," says Ann Alexander Leggett, who co-authored A Haunted History of Denver's Croke-Patterson Mansion with her daughter, Jordan. The pair researched the
famously ghost-ridden mansion's history, and will be signing copies of the book tonight. The $25 tickets (which must be purchased ahead of time online) supports Historic Denver and
also grants access to the mansion from 6 to 9 p.m.; closed for years to the public, the house has been undergoing renovations to become a bed and breakfast. Here are the spookiest
mansion ghost sightings.


10. The caretaker in the carriage house

Ann Alexander Leggett:     The carriage house has a whole different energy than the main house and it's interesting because here's Krista [a psychic] having a conversation with people
that I can't hear. There's a spirit in the carriage house of an Irish caretaker, and both the Pattersons and the Crokes were of Irish descent. And she [the ghost] was in the carriage house
and she was immediately put off by us being there and just said, "What are you doing here?" and Krista explained that I was writing this book and everything and immediately the woman
said "Okay, if she's ever afraid in the main house, just tell her she can come here and she'll be safe" and then the next thing she says when we're getting ready to leave, she says, "Tell
her we want her to write the whole story. She has to tell the whole story." That's a little bit of pressure.

9. The ghost of Kate Patterson helping a pregnant woman

AAL:     There was a woman who lived there with her family and she was pregnant with triplets at the time. Jordan Alexander Leggett: They were the last single family to live there in the
late 90s, early 2000s.

AAL: In the late stages of her pregnancy, she was obviously pretty uncomfortable. One morning she was just in bed and not feeling well and just couldn't roll over and an apparition
appeared to her and offered her hand and actually helped her roll over in bed. The apparition said "My name is Kate." And, of course, Thomas Patterson's wife was named Kate, or
Katherine, so that's one of the stories that people don't know so much about.

8. The opening and closing drawers

AAL:    The same woman's husband had an office up on the third floor and he had a desk in between these two little closets, and they had a couch on the right-hand side, and he always
had his drawers locked. And she said you could sit on the couch and watch the drawers open and close and open and close. And then you'd get up and they're all locked.

7. The attempted exorcism

AAL:   When the woman who lived there had the triplets, she had a friend who brought in a priest who was gonna bless the house, kind of exorcise it. So they brought in this priest.
He walked in and immediately went in to the front parlor to start his blessing and all of a sudden all the plaster starts to peel off where this fireplace was and this dark vortex of wind
comes out of this fireplace. The priest just left.

6. The phantom voices

AAL:   The psychics that we brought in and the paranormal groups picked up you can't believe how many voices.

JAL: Mom took a psychic in and this woman just had a tape recorder in her hands and two days ago I finally got the tape and from what I can hear it's some of the craziest stuff ever.
Like, Krista will pick something up and say "Oh, I'm getting a woman named Rosemary, Rosemarie, something Marie, Mary? You know, I don't know" and you hear a pause and there's
this whisper that's like, "Rose."

5. The woman who feared for her soul

AAL:   When they had offices there, they couldn't keep tenants because typewriters would type in the middle of the night by themselves, babies crying on the third floor, party noises
coming from a back closet, and so those kinds of things persist. When we first started the research I had just googled "Croke-Patterson" and I got this lady's blog and she said she used
to have an office there in the late 80s. She said all kinds of strange things happened there. So I got her email and said, you know, "Would you be willing to talk to me about it?"

And she didn't answer me and didn't answer me. Finally, she came back and said "Why?" So I explained who I was and that I was writing a history of the house and about the hauntings
as well. She said, "Well, okay, I just want my stories to be taken seriously because they were very intense to me." So I sent her this list of questions and she answered a couple of them
and it's a little bit vague, and then I don't hear from her again and so I emailed her back and time goes by and she sends an email back that says "Good luck with the book." She just
couldn't go back there. She just couldn't deal with it anymore.

JAL: She did answer a few questions initially and one was "Did you ever feel like you were physically unsafe in the house?" And she's like, "I never felt physically unsafe, but I feared for
my soul."

4. The super-human wind

AAL:   In the early 70s they were gonna tear it down and a woman named Mary Rae, who's now a realtor in Denver, basically saved this house and bought it. It had tenants in it; it was an
apartment building at the time.  But she couldn't keep people in it. They were bailing in the middle of the night because of the baby crying and all this kind of stuff.

JAL: Not even like, "I'm gonna leave." They were just gone in the morning. Didn't pay their rent, just left.

AAL: She had a young couple living down on the main floor in one of the units and she gets a call on a Sunday afternoon, and they have a baby and he says "You need to come over
now." And so she goes over and he opens the door and the place is just turned completely upside-down -- everything is in shambles. There's a big fireplace that had a huge wood and
brass insert, really heavy. And it's not there anymore simply because they were sitting in the apartment and all of a sudden this insert blew out from the inside like this terrible huge force
of wind came down the chimney and blew this thing out. A super-human force Mary said would have had to have done this. It was an extremely old heavy piece.

JAL: 75 pounds at least.

3. The baby in the basement

JAL:   In the 80s they have this seance and the medium is like "I'm seeing something in the basement. There's a child who died, a crazy weeping mother," like the whole shenanigans.

So they go down to the basement. In this back corner somewhere behind the electrical panel, there's this corner of brick that sticks out that's vaguely the size and shape of a fireplace
and so I guess that night they dug behind that wall and they found, well, it varies what they found. Either they found ashes or they found nothing or they found sea salt and sea sand that
you can't find in Colorado.

As time has gone by, there have been people who have done tours of the house, legally or not, and they replenish the sand in the hole. I guess apparently there was a story about a
woman who had lost her baby and dug it up and buried it in the wall, and then it was found and re-entered in the cemetery. It's kind of an odd conglomeration of rumor that has gotten
larger over the years. It's really hard because the census is once every 10 years so if there was a child it may not have been reported. We've had a few mediums and psychics in there
who do say there was definitely something with a child in the basement.

2. The suicidal guard dogs

JAL:   There was some remodeling going on in the 70s, they were turning it into offices, so they had had some trouble with a transient population-- people were breaking in and whatnot.

AAL: The workers would come in every day and find that everything they'd done the day before was undone.

JAL: They were blaming the homeless people, but there were people who were like uh, maybe it wasn't the homeless people, maybe it was the house. So they got a guard and a fence,
and neither guards nor fences apparently had any effect, so they got three guard dogs instead.

AAL: And put them in the house.

JAL: So night number one, one dog goes through a plate glass window on the third floor-- he dies on the driveway. Crazy. Night number two, the second dog goes through the same
window and they find the third dog shaking and drooling or whatever in the corner somewhere on the third floor, basically out of its mind.

AAL: So basically the premise being they were so afraid by something in the house that they jumped to their deaths.

JAL: One of the guys from Rocky Mountain Paranormal has found a guy who was there, like, found the dogs on the driveway. So part of it is true. I don't think there was a third dog
according to that gentleman and there's no temporary or plate glass window on the third story, so I think they went out of the turret room, which is a little tiny window.

1. The woman at the top of the stairs

JAL:   A few people have had a lot of trouble walking up the stairs to the third floor. You get two thirds of the way up the stairs and all of the oxygen is gone. On the tape you can hear
Mom and the psychic gasping.

Months later, I found a death certificate totally by accident. Death certificates are not easy to come by, and I was at the clerk and recorder because at a certain point in the 1960's
anything beyond that is either in the basement of the City and County building or in the library, so I was going to find out where exactly the book I was looking for was. And he pulls up on
the microphiche, he's like "Oh yeah here's back to 1960 or something" and he's like, "What is this?" and it says "Death Cert."

So he pulls it up and there's a random death certificate stored with the tax records on this house and it's for the house when Dr. Sudan owned it. Dr. Sudan his wife it turns out committed
suicide in the house. It wasn't publicized, there's no obituary, there's really nothing about it, and then he got remarried five years later and so this death certificate is a copy of the one
issued the day of, so it looks like he had to prove that she was dead or something so he could get remarried.

So I found this death certificate and it says how she died and all this stuff we didn't know. The woman who committed suicide, she mixed rat poison and water, which creates cyanogas
which is similar to Zyklon B, which is the gas they used in the Holocaust to gas people. Within one to three minutes, all the oxygen is gone.

AAL: Krista felt [the gasping] was the woman who died from the cyanogas suicide and basically suffocated and couldn't breathe. She felt that woman stands at the top of the stairs. And
how bizarre that Krista and I didn't know that.

Source:  www.westword.com/arts/ten-spooky-stories-from-denvers-own-croke-patterson-mansion-5784702

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