Memories of the Stanley Hotel…

Several nights ago I took one of my digital audio recorders to bed with me. This, of course, was to see if I could catch spirit voices while I slept. Randall Keller calls these “sleep studies”. They take days/weeks to review. I’ve been managing to listen to about 30 minutes a day. These recordings are definitely not recommended for everyone, because I know several people who would instantly move out of their house if they discovered a voice was talking to them through the recorder on their bed stand. You guys know me well enough by now to know that if I hear that voice I’ll offer them a drink. 🙂 

All of this got me thinking about the last time I did a recording while I slept. It was overnight at the Stanley Hotel with Missouri Spirit Seekers (aka my family) about a year ago. 

My thoughts (and some of the audio) from a year ago…


MOSS stayed at the Stanley Hotel from March 12th – 15th, 2011. Our rooms were located on the infamous stretch of the 4th floor, rooms 408, 410, and 412 (my room). 

Besides Cassie experiencing being touched twice, we are not able to report that we saw or heard any activity. Others around us, however, were claiming to experience activity while we were there. The day we left there was an interesting experience with the maid who was cleaning the room across from 412. She ran out into the hall upset and slammed the door. She was frantically telling the other maid down the hall that something was going on in the room. 

Haunted or not haunted, the history and beauty of the Stanley was worth the trip for me. My favorite part was walking through the main lobby late at night and being the only ones there. The fireplaces lit and crackling, classical music being pumped through the sound system 24/7, ball room, billiard room, and music room available to walk through freely. It was fun to imagine being in a different time. 

One of the things that makes visiting the Stanley for the purpose of its haunted history challenging is that unless you’ve rented out the entire hotel, many other fascinated people are there for the same reason. Some of these people are incredibly… interesting. There are people going up and down the halls at all hours of the night trying to catch a glimpse of the ghosts of the children that supposedly haunted our hallway. While we were there each day, every couple of hours a group of anywhere from 10 to 30 people in a tour would come down the hall to hear the guide tell stories. They would occasionally visit some of the rooms if they were vacant. Some of the guides encouraged the spirits to interact with guests in the tour and several people claimed to have experiences. 

A door shutting out in the hallway sounds incredibly loud and seemed to happen at all hours of the night. Guests? Ghosts? Conversations from any of the rooms could be heard from out in the hallway. Floors creak, wind howls, and it is impossible to know exactly what you are hearing. 

The audio files below are not meant to be evidence of anything, only some interesting audio from my night stand in 412 while we were sleeping. I must note that TAPS and Ghost Adventures have investigated room 412 for poltergeist activity. One of my nights in the room was uncomfortable only because I found one of the videos of investigations of my room and watched it on my phone right before going to bed. Otherwise, room 412 was a peaceful getaway. 


AUDIO: An example of the howling wind in the middle of the night… very Shining-like.

AUDIO: Whistle in the middle of the night… 

This one is interesting.  Was I whistling a tune while snoring? Did this whistle come from outside the window 3 floors down in the middle of the night? Was someone out in the hallway whistling? Who knows. 

AUDIO: Knocks in the middle of the night...

I have NO clue what this sound is but it seems awfully close to the recorder on my night stand. This was also in the middle of the night. 

AUDIO: Early morning thuds…

This was early in the morning about 40 minutes before my alarm went off to get ready for breakfast. This could possibly just be the floor creaking from someone next door or across the hall moving about. Or, possibly someone from the past was pacing in my room waiting for me to wake up. 

AUDIO: Exit door thud…

This is just an example of a noise we think we’ve identified as the exit door at the end of the hallway and right next to my room (412). We noticed that it is easily left unlatched, and a few times during our stay we noticed it opening and closing in the wind by itself. This thud sound happened many times throughout the night, especially when the wind picked up. 

About Patrick Keller

Patrick Keller is an educator, blogger, and the host of the Big Séance Podcast, which is a place for paranerds to have an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts and hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics and mediums, and life after death. He’s the founder of the now inactive Missouri Spirit Seekers and has spent a lot of time experimenting with spirit communication tools and techniques, such as EVP. Patrick also has a passion for spending hours at a time in cemeteries and loves cemetery photography. Visit BigSeance.com! View all posts by Patrick Keller

11 responses to “Memories of the Stanley Hotel…

  • Maria Laing

    Whoa…!! The first audio of the wind, etc.,sounded like it was right in the window….amazing clarity. Heard the whistle….definitely a whistle, but I didn’t get the impression that it was close enough to bedside to have been from anyone in the bed. Next audio, I think, there were sounds at 1:14, 1:23-24, and 1:28 that seemed to me to have possibly been words,
    although somewhat muffled…?? Strange that the exit door would be “unlatched” so much, so often. Could the early morning thuds have been the exit door…?? But, the RAPS, were really loud! I imagined that they would have awakened someone sleeping in the room…?? Did they awaken you? Certainly a lot of noise picked up!!!

    This makes me think back to the 70’s when I owned an historical house in Mercersburg, PA. that was built in 1830. There was a least one ghost there, who manifested to my son (6 years old) regularly. He saw her clearly. She pulled pranks on me, and made her presence known often. I was never afraid, but she liked to sit on my son’s bed and talk to him and she kept him awake. We had a talk with her and changed his bedroom. As far as I know, she stopped keeping him awake at night. How I wish, now, looking back, that I had known of EVP back then and had made recordings. Maybe she would have communicated directly. I think I discovered her identity…but it would have been awesome to have recorded her.

    This is very interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing.

    Are the recorders you use just regular digital recorders or are they more sophisticated? Just curious. I am thinking of trying it here. I am inspired by your work. I am not tech savvy, but if I can operate a recorder….that sounds simple enough to do.

    I have a rather curious question to ask. Have you been able to record any after life communications with someone you knew BEFORE they passed? I have had two brothers, ages 26 & 34, a husband, 53, and a son, 40, who have passed suddenly…no warning, tragically. Now, I have a dear close friend of 40+ years who is facing death by cancer at 67 years of age. He called me yesterday from NYC, he said he just wanted to hear my voice. He is very weak now, but we chatted for a while and it was a very special time. I wonder if we agreed to communicate after he passed if it could be done by recorder. Have you had any experience with that, with such a direct intention, before hand? This is the first time that I have had a chance to know in advance of someone dear to me facing death, and maybe prepare to communicate before the fact. It would be rather neat to “set up an appointment” to keep in touch!!!

    • Patrick

      Maria… I’ve always wanted to live in a haunted house! 🙂 But I know they come with their cons as well. I’m not at my computer now and can’t see your comment and questions… but I’ll get back with you tomorrow. I think you would enjoy recording. Nothing fancy at all. The most techie part is uploading the audio to a computer if you choose to do that. Thanks again for stopping by!

    • Patrick

      Hey, I’m at the computer now.

      I listened to the sounds at the times you mentioned. I only heard my obnoxious snoring. 🙂 I’ll try again later in Audacity. As far as the thud, I think it is unlikely that it is the exit door because I have TONS of examples of the exit door slamming and it is more muffled. It was a very noisy place in general, though. It could very well have been feet from the next room, out in the hall, etc. Who knows. It sounded close to me though. And to my knowledge I didn’t awaken to any noises… but that was a year ago. 🙂 I sleep through just about anything.

      I’ve always wanted a historical house. I admire how you dealt with the spirit in the home when it came to your son.

      I usually use one of 3 recorders when I record. The exact models are most likely not available anymore but there are many just like them… just newer generations of them. You can find pictures of the ones I use at http://www.mospiritseekers.com/equipment-1

      Sony ICD PX-820
      Sony ICD PX-720 (These 2 Sonys are VERY simple to use)
      Tascam DR-07 (a little more complicated) with a Tascam stereo microphone

      You just have to make sure whatever recorder you get has USB capabilities, as long as you’ll be sucking them onto a hard drive somewhere. As I’ve been learning more from other researchers of EVP, I will probably soon try purchasing a few new recorders to try. As I said last night, I think you should try some recording. Let me know if you need help… or if you get some EVP! 🙂

      I also don’t want you to have the impression that I have recorded tons of EVP. I haven’t.. and I’ve been disappointed lately… but I refuse to give up.

      Hmmm… to my knowledge I’ve never captured a spirit voice claiming to be someone I’ve known. I always ask, though. And… recently after the death of my Grandfather and another family friend, I made a silent and polite request that if it were possible, they try to communicate at some point to let me know what things were like for them. I’m still waiting… but if this rapper that keeps visiting me can’t speak, then who knows? 🙂

  • Maria Laing

    Patrick, here are some specifics on a breathing exercise that might help in the event that you want to try it sometime. I just found this today and thought of you and your recent question…
    Firstly:
    sit comfortably, rest your hands in your lap and try to focus internally
    on your breathing;
    inhale through your NOSE; and exhale through your MOUTH;
    help keep focused by placing the tip of your tongue in contact with the
    top of your mouth, just behind your top teeth.

    2. Inhale a slow, smooth breath for FOUR seconds ¨C allow your lungs to
    fill up and your abdomen to slight push out;

    3. Hold your breath for SEVEN seconds;

    4. Slowly exhale your breath through your mouth for EIGHT seconds; and

    5. Repeat 10 times or more according to how you are feeling.

    The 4-7-8 breath is a breeze to master, it will clear your mind, ease your
    emotions and give you some relief from your stressful situation.

    With all these benefits we should not just use this breathing technique as
    a last ditched attempt to calm nerves during crisis moments. Start to
    incorporate the 4-7-8 breathing technique in your daily routine ¨C we
    suggest that you try it first thing in the morning to fuel your mind and
    body with oxygen before you leap out of bed and start the day.

  • the nomadic angel

    This post is FANTASTIC! I love this particular hotel for its inspiration for The Shining. The Ghost Adventures investigation was interesting too. Those two corridor photos are actually really creepy looking, ghosts or no ghosts. I sometimes look at photos and know the place in them is haunted.Your shots carry so much atmosphere, well done for them, and the EVPs. Great stuff!

    • Patrick

      It was really fun. I’d love to go back soon. And yes, the place definitely has atmosphere. Thanks for visiting my blog, angel…

      • the nomadic angel

        oh believe me, the pleasure is ALL mine! I have longed to be part of paranormal investigating for years, but because I have been travelling and being a nomad (hence my wordpress name) I haven’t managed to join one. Hoping to as soon as possible. There are so many in UK. This country is soooo very active! So many places to explore. Problem is the law and security is very tight here. Trespassing and all…have you got any evidence of ghosts caught on camera?

      • Patrick

        Unfortunately no apparitions caught on camera. Video is the least likely place for evidence. Good luck finding a group! Maybe I’ll see the UK sometime!

  • deborahjhughes

    Don’t know how I missed reading this post but glad I finally got around to it! Loved the pictures and the audios! Thanks so much for sharing. I wanted to stay at that hotel while I was going to military training school in Colorado but I ended up staying in some cabins with friends instead. They were all too scared to stay at the hotel! Someday I’ll make it there.

    • Patrick

      I truly loved it soooo much, and mostly not even for paranormal reasons. Its beauty and history can keep you occupied. It was also very relaxing. I hope you can get there soon!

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