Lake Tahoe is a Strange and Wonderful Place full of old tales and even some new ones.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mont Bleu Room 416

According to Hotel staff, a ghostly spectre walks the 4th floor hallways late at night wailing for help in finding "Jerry" or possibly "Larry". No one knows who any of the these people are, but the hotel staff has taken to calling the spirit "jessica" due to her alleged resemblence to movie star Jessica Alba. The ghost seems very distraught and seems nearly hysterical and runs back and forth through the corridors often for several minutes in a semi transparent state. 

The Haunting seem to take place around room 416, which also may or may not have poltergeist activity. (There is a disagreement over this.The Spirit will not interact with observers and either fades into the shadows of the hallway or rounds a corner and disappears. 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Spooner Summit Specter

On the Tahoe Rim Trail just north of highway 50 near Spooner Summit, a ghostly figure has appeared to hikers and cyclists for years. The male specter, appearing in 19th-century clothing and sometimes wearing a brimmed hat, appears near the summit of the Tahoe Rim Trail on a rock outcropping about a mile more the highway.

The ghost never responds when addressed, and often fades out right in front of the startled eyes of the hikers. Although the specter has been seen in all seasons, is most often seen in the summer. Some paranormal investigators believe he may be a Basque sheepherder, although no one knows for sure.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Marilyn Monroe at the Cal Neva Hotel

Carl Buehler approaches the ceiling light at the end of the hallway with caution. Although the Cal Neva employee has given this underground tunnel tour hundreds of times, he never knows what will happen under that light any given night.

The light is the only light in our casino out of hundreds of lights that goes on and off by itself," Buehler says. "There are no switches to this light. It is a 24 hour light. Engineers have checked this light - there is nothing wrong with this light. The bulbs have been changed. The electric is fine with it, there is nothing wrong. I tell people this and they say, well you have a switch to this. Well, I don't have a switch."

Buehler then explains that this is Marilyn Monroe's light. She is the one who controls when the light goes on and off, he says.

"There is no explanation for this light, except that for whenever she wants to, she'll just turn it on or off," Buehler says as he approaches the outed light. "On the last tour I had, as we were walking out, Marilyn turned the light off. It's crazy. I've never seen nuthin' like it."

As Buehler points to the stairs at the end of the hallway just to the right of the light, he notes that the steps lead to nowhere and that they are blocked off. He says that a psychic who visited the casino said "there was a lot of spiritual energy through here" and saw Marilyn sitting on the second step crying.

"The psychic said Marilyn was crying because she doesn't like the way Americans portray her," Buehler says. "We took pictures right where she was supposed to be and sure enough, there was a big ball of light right where she was supposed to be. It was a spiritual orb. You never know what you are going to get."

And almost on cue, the light goes off. Marilyn has struck.

"If anybody asks me if this place is haunted I say 'Hell yes,'" Buehler says. "It's the craziest light I've seen. It's bizarre."

Cal Neva employees like to exchange ghost stories. In addition to the underground tunnels that Frank Sinatra built and the ghosts that haunt the stage, another part of the casino gives employees chills.

There are people who are afraid to go on the first floor. Someone was killed in room 101.

"The first floor down below is always cold," said Frank Encinas, a Cal Neva security guard. "Even in July it is cold. Someone committed suicide down there. It gives you the creeps."

Security guard Davis Dunihue said it is the last room rented in the entire hotel.

San Jose resident Lisa Eichler, who stayed at the Cal Neva one recent weekend with her boyfriend, claims she has psychic abilities and that she has felt ghosts elsewhere, but feels no such energy on the first floor of the Cal Neva.

"I don't know. Just because there was a suicide doesn't mean there are ghosts. People who kill themselves want to leave and why would they stay," Eichler says. "If I get scared, you should be scared. But I ain't scared."


Ehrman Mansion Mystery

At the Ehrman Mansion at Sugar Pine State Park, park rangers believe they have come in contact with a ghostly visitor.

Heidi Doyle, a State of California park ranger, said she and other rangers held a "stakeout" one night after someone found an indentation in a bed that was in a bedroom once occupied by Sydney Ehrman.

"This happened for several nights in a row," Doyle said of the indentation. "Thinking that it was a homeless person, rangers did several all night stakeouts, only to come up empty handed. The indents stopped appearing and have not re-occurred since."

Crystal Bay Club's Ghost Dealer

Security camera's in the Casino area have picked up an ghostly, sharply dressed Dealer setting up at the #3 Blackjack Table. When security arrives, they find no one and the table undisturbed.

Sometimes nearby female gamblers will report that they noticed the dapperly dressed Dealer, but didn't think anything of it until Security arrives to the empty table.

Haunts of the Biltmore Lodge

Screaming Ghost of the Biltmore
In one of the Biltmore Tahoe Lodge's Cottage rooms, horrifing bloodcurtling screams are heard at various hours of the night.

When investigated, no one is ever found. Apparently the screams only occur when the upstairs room is occupied; Hotel Staff has taken to booking this room first when possible as to lessen nighttime disruptions.

Ghost of Molly
Also, legend has it that a show girl named "Molly" committed suicide there in the 60's. Her ghost still haunts the casino area with occasional late night appearences in the old ballroom, dressed in full showgirl costume..

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Cal Neva Resort Investigation

On the North Shore of Tahoe, right on the State borders sits the mysterious Cal-Nevada Lodge.

Lodge employees and ghost investigators tell tales of hauntings by the Shaman (the Washoe indians were believed to summer here on their ancestral land), former owner Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe who attempted suicide here just weeks before she died. In 2007, KTVN—accompanied by TMCC's 2007 ghost conference speakers—conducted a journalistic investigation into paranormal activities at the site. Amazingly enough, the group saw a television remote levitate in Frank Sinatra's cabin and captured voices through electronic voice phenomena that are believed to be Sinatra and Monroe.