Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Biltmore Hotel

The Biltmore Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel and Robert Bloch’s Bates Motel, holds the dubious honor of having been named “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” in 2000 by the American Hotel & Lodging Association. The Biltmore finished construction in 1918, financed by proud Satanist Johan Leisse Weisskopf. Weisskopf was unsubtle about his plan for the hotel: it would be a venue through which to familiarize reticent Puritan New Englanders with the joys of his religion. The hotel was built to include a chicken coop on the roof, to supply sacrifices for weekly masses; hot springs in the basement for purification rituals (rumors that whirlpools were filled with human blood are likely only the wild imaginings of later generations); and the famous Bacchante Girls, who waitressed nude in the Bacchante Dining Room, which perhaps more accurately might have been called the Bacchante Orgy Pit, frequented by such luminaries of the time as Douglas Fairbanks, F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong.

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Obviously, the Satanism gives the hotel a bad name, though it was Weisskopf’s ties to the Rhode Island mob that probably did the hotel its only real damage. Despite the scores of chickens slaughtered in the hotel, they are not the ones who haunt its halls.

Rhode Island was widely known as the state least likely to follow Prohibition’s laws, and the Biltmore was one of the most decadent places to get drunk. No one hid in speakeasy basements in the Biltmore: wine was a quarter a glass, served in crystal. Men of the law and of the government drank free. This was likely one of the reasons that between the years 1920 and 1933 six police officers were implicated in the murders of eight people within the walls of the Biltmore, along with one governor (at least six rapes, one murder) one mayor (one murder), and a cardinal (one eleven year-old prostitute drowned in a bathtub). These are the ghosts that are said to haunt the Biltmore, along with all of the other victims of men of less auspicious rank. Nightly, after the bars close, raucous drinking and dancing and talking and laughing is heard; some guests of the hotel disappear at night and are never found.

Providence’s modern-day Satanists like to point out that the disappearances only began after new management took over the Biltmore’s day-to-day operations, “cleaning the place up” for the tourists and businessmen, forbidding their maids any blood sacrifices, reupholstering the stained velvet seating in the Bacchante Room, tearing down the chicken coops, boarding up the underground alter rooms. They claim that it was in fact the Satanism that kept the ghosts at bay and protected the living. The current owners, disagreeing, will allow no experimentation, so it remains at this time an unknown.

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UPDATE: Two more disappearances in 2008: Erving F. Bishop, 42, and his daughter Emily Bishop, 4, tourists from New Jersey, disappeared sometime between 11pm on Saturday, November 15 and 4am, Sunday the 16th. Apparently the girl could not get to sleep, so her father took her on a walk around the hotel. Joanne Newnon-Bishop, the girl's mother, fell asleep just after they left, and by the time she was startled awake at 3:50am, they had disappeared. This brings 2008's total to 6.


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51 comments:

  1. Ok, this is pretty wild but I'm not going to believe a word of it unless some of the sources are cited... This sounds completely made up...

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    1. Taps from the show did an investigation at the Biltmore. I am unsure if they found anything, or it ever aired. But thinking about I wonder what they found (or didn't find).

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    2. Taps from the show did an investigation at the Biltmore. I am unsure if they found anything, or it ever aired. But thinking about I wonder what they found (or didn't find).

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    3. It's weird that I can't find any confirmation online about the supposed disappearances.

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  2. I am staying there this weekend, I will report if anything weird happens.

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  3. I was just there for 3 nights....wish I read this before..I could of done some investigating

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  4. i was there for 2 weeks... on a job with a crew of 50.... i could not sleep and woke up every night at 3am... then I had what I thought was a dream ... a women pressing on top of me... i freaked out, dialed my coworker sleeping on the upper levels and slept in her room the rest of the weeks...
    this place is hauted!

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    1. Oh My Goodness!!! I've been here since Monday and I had a nightmare that something was pressing down on ME! I was suffocating in my dream and woke up completely gasping for air! It was room 906. I switched rooms right after.

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    2. Wow, I only got to this page because of my experience at this hotel. I woke up initially at 1:15am because something touched my eye lid. i closed my eyes and put my head back on the pillow again. Instantly something touched my eyes again. I freaked out and turned the light on. I finally fell asleep. Then I woke up at 3 something in the morning with what felt like a man pressing down on me. I could not move, breath or open my eyes. I finally let out a scary screeching sound that woke up my husband (who was on the other end of the king size bed). I made him move right next to me cause that was the only way I was comfortable. I didn't sleep the rest of the night.

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  5. I stayed in room 833 last Wednesday night. I had never heard of the Biltmore being haunted. I did have an unusual experience. Before I went to bed, I shut the security lock (the one that is a long piece of metal above the regular locks). In the morning, when I was leaving to get my coffee, I noticed that the lock was open. Thinking I may have just forgotten, I didn't think much of it. When I got back to the room, I closed the door and made sure I shut the security lock before taking my shower. When I got out of the shower I checked the door and sure enough....it was open! I will not be going back!

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  6. I swear to all of you that I stayed there in June of 2001 for 6 nights and there was a ghost in my room. I saw her image twice and I freaked out. When I checked out, the front desk clerk informed me that I was not the first person to see a ghost at the hotel. It was really scary. I never believe people when they tell me they see ghosts but after that experience I am now a believer.

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    1. Do u remember what room you were in?

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  7. i stayed at the Providence Biltmore for one night, and i will NOT be going back ! there was a rumor that the 16th floor was haunted, so me and my friend went up there to investigate. when we got up there, i heard giggling and i SWEAR i saw a ghost whizz by. DEFFINATLEY haunted !

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  8. I stayed there over the weekend and I'm 100% serious that I heard moaning and loud bumps in room 543

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  9. This is all a crock. I've been reading this and very anxiously anticipated staying there this past weekend. As a cynic, I was desperately hoping for something. Never happened.
    My findings? Nothing. I spoke to every staff member I could find and they all laughed. This is a running joke with them. We were in room 820, and did some poking around. Nothing. It's an old and creaky hotel with noisy pipes and walls that allows sounds to carry.
    The person on here who heard moaning and bumping while in room 543 just means that the person in room 542 was having a great night. And I can't help but notice that most of these "experiences" came after a night of heavy drinking for most of these folks. No coincidence there.
    So, from my experience I would say that you can write this legend off as pure fiction. Sorry.

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  10. I am currently stayin in the biltmore ryte now... The hotel seems to get very very loud after midnight around 2 a.m
    Every paranormal expert states that after 1 a.m it is considered "Dead Time"!
    I actualy could not sleep because of all of the noise that was going on ... Put it this way wutever paranormal activity is in the biltmore it is not the good kind..

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    1. Seriously!! I didn't sleep all night because there was also so much noise. I didn't know the history before I stayed here. And the front desk confirmed that the place is haunted when I checked out in the morning.

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  11. Stayed in room 1608 last night. When I came up in elevator around 1130pm as I got off and into hallway...I could hear the bar as if it was in room next to me. Loud, people talking, drinks cheering. I was on 16th floor. No way to hear bar in lobby. Didn't know anything about hotels history until this afternoon well after check out. But there was definitely a party going on somewhere. Sounded like a full bar. Strange.

    Mike 10/24/12.

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    1. On the 17th floor is a reception area - the 16th floor is very noisy when they they have people up there!

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  12. My wife and I stayed here one night in May 2013. I wondered if anything was going to happen or if we would see anything but quickly forgot about it once I got tired and we went to bed. The next morning, my wife walked to the bathroom to take her shower when she noticed the top door latch lock was open. She closed it and took her shower. When she got out, I heard her ask me if I went out. I hadn't and asked her why she asked, she explained what she had seen and done and showed my the (once again open) latch lock!
    We both remembered me closing the latch lock and dead-bolting the bottom lock as I had to push the door a bit with my foot to line the dead bolt up to lock it.
    Right as we closed the latch lock...again, I looked down and saw that the dead bolt lock was UNLOCKED!
    Very strange and spooky!

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    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v1GsAyEhDw&feature=youtu.be

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  13. Which room/part of the hotel is most haunted? I am staying there this weekend and want to conduct some paranomal research!

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    1. Check this video out:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v1GsAyEhDw&feature=youtu.be

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  14. I just stayed there June 30 to July 2 with my wife (we are both physicians), and son for his college orientation. Since I got to read this before check in I found a stairway in the area with the service elevators that took me down to the sub-basements and found nothing that would resemble what could be used as described above. I tried to use Annie's excuse that I wanted to go upstairs and sleep in the room of another guest who happened to be female. but she didn't buy it and he was appalled.

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  15. Stayed in room 608 last Thurs/Fri/Sat nights. Brought cult robes, candles, inverted crosses, and pentagram leather arm gauntlets... AND NOTHING! Total rip. (this is all a true story)

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  16. I stayed there for one night with my sister a year ago in September. We both heard of it being haunted but didn't think much of it. Maybe it was a coincidence but every time we went to use the elevator and got 10 feet from it the doors would open. We didn't press the button and there was absolutely no one else there every time. Late that night after we settled in for the night I was about to brush my teeth (12:00am) and my sister called my name. I went to the bedroom and the alarm clock was going off. We both looked at it and the button for the alarm was turned off, freaky! I also woke up at 3am with all the blankets off which is odd because I always bundle up in the sheets when going to sleep. Don't think I'll be returning.. ever.

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  17. I worked at this place recently from 7am to 4pm for three days. one day i was an hour 30 mins late. At the end of week my pay check stated i worked 29.5 hours i can't account for 3 hours. The boss must have gave the team of workers 10 hours a day. Maybe that's nor supernatural but, i can't explain why some of the halls smelled like there was backed up poopoo was in the pipes. stinky

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  18. I have a friend staying there tonight. I cannot wait to hear if she saw or heard something,

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  19. So uh i stayed at this hotel, and brought a prostitute up there after i went to chilis. so first we bust open the door and we are drunk and crazy and horny as shit<so i bend the fat bitch over the sink and start ravaging her snatch from behind when all of a sudden, she smashes he head into the faucet and i was so surprised that i shit ALL over the place, it was corn and salsa, it looked like somebody threw a live fuckin grenade into a fishtank full of korean babies....so i had shit leaking down my legs and all over the bathroom floor and a god damn hooker passed out in my sink with her pants down. by this time im freaking the fuck out. so i run out of the bathroom, with my pants around ankles and i trip and smash my head into the t.v and it rips right out of the wall...so i fumble drunken, covered in my own crap, and half naked to catch the t.v..as i grab onto the wire I slip onto the rolling chair and fly backwards right through the window...now if anybody is up at this time, theyll see a guy soaked in his own Chilis shit with his pants hanging off his feet, holding on to a t.v that has him dangling for dear life just by the cord. fuck this shit. but then i hear the loud pop and its like im in another world and i feel a sharp pain in my ribs, and i feel a hand grab me by the arm pulling me up...rescuing me...with thousands of voices running through my head...I heard two very distinct voices .."let him go, he isnt ready" nd the other voice was an old black guy yelling "ZATARAINS, NIGGA!" ...I wake up in my bed two hours later in a daze. i believe its all a dream...I used to read word up magazine. so i roll out of bed. I am still drenched in my own feces, i look like a fuckin corn monster. after i manage to crawl into the bathroom, i see no signs that a prostitute was ever there, besides a single clump of hair stuck to the faucet, a half snorted line of cocaine still on the toilet seat, and a half bag of reeses peices that smell like desparation. but this is what freaked me the fuck out the most...on the walls where i sharted hours before, plastered with cilantro, salsa, and corn, and various other mexican spices, something was off. spelled out with corn kernals read "get out"....needless to say,I am totally coming back here next weekend, and bringing SO many fat blck bitches AND plenty of meth....but I will never eat at Chilis again.

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    1. That's awesome. Do you still have the prostitutes number?

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  20. I'm fucking dying laughing , thanks for that hilarious story

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  24. Multiple creepy sounds between 12:45am and 2am INSIDE the room. Female sighing/moaning by window and then later loud heavy breathing from the same area Twice. Super creepy shit.

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  25. Stayed here for work training in April 2014. My room was on the 16th floor. Trust me, the place is thoroughly haunted. The experiences I had were truly terrifying. I will never return under any circumstance.

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    1. Way to be vague! I just stayed on the 16th floor last night with no issues

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  26. I went there last August. I syayed for 4 nights, alone. Wake up at 3 AM because I heard a voice warning me to cover my ears because "It's going to be really loud". Then my bed started to shake. I was terrified, so I talked to the "ghost" saying that I couldn't help her, that I was really sorry for her death, but I couldn't do anything. After that the haunting stoped, but this there was a persistent feeling of oppression in the air.

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  27. My husband and I stayed in room 326 for the last 3 nights. Our friends got married at the Biltmore this weekend. My husband is from Louisiana & talks about seeing ghosts when he was a child, I've never seen any and have been skeptical. The first night we got in at 1a because our fight was super delayed. While we were unpacking quickly before bed, my husband did a double take looking at the doorway of our room, said he just saw sometime walk by (into our bathroom). I ignored because I like to stay naive about this questionable "ghost world".

    The first 2 nights, we took Ambien, so I'm uncertain if anything happened or not. Last night, we got in bed at 2a. I woke at 430a to water running & our tv really loud. I thought someone above or around us was showering & I could hear the water in the pipes. I turned off the tv & stayed in bed, listening to the water run-waiting for them to finish showering so I could go back to sleep. I finally got up to pee & realized our bathroom sink was the water running. I turned it off, confused & jumped back in bed. The tv had turned back on while i was in the bathroom. I woke my husband & asked if he had gotten up or had turned on the tv, he said, "no". I woke an hour later to the same thing, water running/tv loud. I turned off the water & left the tv on so I could focus on whatever show that was on HGTV to settle my nerves.

    I purposely waited until after we checked out to now look up whether there were any reports of the Biltmore Providence being haunted. I'm not sure what the hell happened in our room but suggest ghost enthusiasts to check out room 326 if that's what you are looking for. It was a beautiful hotel but I'm good with not experiencing any further questionable activity there.

    I also asked the bell boys about being haunted & they laughed but said people tell them stories.

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  28. My husband and I stayed in room 326 for the last 3 nights. Our friends got married at the Biltmore this weekend. My husband is from Louisiana & talks about seeing ghosts when he was a child, I've never seen any and have been skeptical. The first night we got in at 1a because our fight was super delayed. While we were unpacking quickly before bed, my husband did a double take looking at the doorway of our room, said he just saw sometime walk by (into our bathroom). I ignored because I like to stay naive about this questionable "ghost world".

    The first 2 nights, we took Ambien, so I'm uncertain if anything happened or not. Last night, we got in bed at 2a. I woke at 430a to water running & our tv really loud. I thought someone above or around us was showering & I could hear the water in the pipes. I turned off the tv & stayed in bed, listening to the water run-waiting for them to finish showering so I could go back to sleep. I finally got up to pee & realized our bathroom sink was the water running. I turned it off, confused & jumped back in bed. The tv had turned back on while i was in the bathroom. I woke my husband & asked if he had gotten up or had turned on the tv, he said, "no". I woke an hour later to the same thing, water running/tv loud. I turned off the water & left the tv on so I could focus on whatever show that was on HGTV to settle my nerves.

    I purposely waited until after we checked out to now look up whether there were any reports of the Biltmore Providence being haunted. I'm not sure what the hell happened in our room but suggest ghost enthusiasts to check out room 326 if that's what you are looking for. It was a beautiful hotel but I'm good with not experiencing any further questionable activity there.

    I also asked the bell boys about being haunted & they laughed but said people tell them stories.

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  29. Do you have a source for the disappearance of Erving and Emily Bishop? Despite having their names and date of disappearance the only thing I can find online that mentions them is this blog.

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  30. After further research I'm going to call this claim completely, absolutely, totally fraudulent. There is no record of Erving and Emily Bishop, there is no record of Johan Leisse Weisskopf as an owner or a satanist (in fact, the Biltmore website says the original owners were John Bowman and Louis Wallick) and The Overlook Hotel in The Shining was based on a stay in The Stanley Hotel according to Stephen King's website. I've got $5 that says the person who wrote this blog is either an employee at the hotel looking to drum up business or someone who works for the ghost hunting shows looking to justify filming random ghost specials at the Biltmore.

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  31. I just checked out from the Biltmore this morning, room 328. A couple of nights ago, I took an Uber from Warwick, and as we nearest the hotel the driver mentioned it was haunted. I didn't say anything to him, but thought, "Why the heck did you tell me this." That night, absolutely nothing happened. Last night, absolutely nothing happened. I did have really bad indigestion, but I think this was from the crappy lobster bisque I ate that evening at dinner.

    However, the first night, before I learned the hotel was supposed to be haunted, there were a lot of drunk, obnoxious sales people in town for a convention, but no evidence of ghosts.

    I'm with others here that think, while the above is a great story, without references it may as well be fiction.

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  32. Im googling this hotel because Im supposed to stay here for my job but I just switched to the Dean.

    Last year I went for my job to visit a local college and stayed two nights, I forgot which room, I kept hearing noise outside my room, I remember looking out the peephole a lot and saw nothing. I left after two nights but I really liked Providence and this hotel so I drove my wife and two kids here a few months later. We stayed here again, this is where it got creepy.

    We stayed on an upper floor overlooking the old church, when we woke in the morning my wife swore that something ice cold touched her back and that she heard mumbling coming from our kids' bed. There was some kind of scratching on the walls around this time but that couldve been mice, the mumbling couldve been my kids but the ice cold back touch is freakin creepy as hell. She said she pulled the covers up all the way after that and until this day refuses to sleep w her back exposed.

    It was also rainy during our stay and we ate breakfast in the dining room with NO ONE else.... we sat in the middle of the room. Something really bizarre about the whole scene.
    I am going back for my job but when I googled for the address google suggested Biltmore Haunted, thats when I saw all this crazy stuff being reported. I have since chose a diff hotel.

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  33. To the naysayers; multiple YouTube videos that clearly show guests' door slamming and lights turning on and off at the PBH.
    In 2007, I stayed at the PBH for medical business. Alone in the a room, I was awoken between 2-3 am to the Large Screen TV suddenly turning on to full volume, all the windows of the room fully open, and the curtains billowing in from the winter wind. The bathroom shower was running. No one could have entered the room while I was asleep; the latch bolt was engaged.
    I was neither drunk nor under the influence, as I was there to attend a Medical Conference as a Brown Medical Alumnus.
    On check out, I asked the bell man and the front desk if this ever happened to any other guests, and they said it has.

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