Ghost Stories

Lady in Red

A Nevada ghost story

retold by

S.E. Schlosser 

We didn't believe in ghosts, so when the fellow checking us in warned us that our room on the sixth floor was haunted, we just laughed. There were a lot of crazy people out there who believed in ghosts and wanted to stay in a haunted hotel, but Marie and I weren't two of them. I'd chosen the Mizpah for our weekend getaway because I'd like the description of the hotel and it amenities, not because it had a phantom.

Just for kicks, Marie asked the fellow who was supposed to haunt our room. He told us that it was a ghost called "The Lady in Red". She was a prostitute who was strangled by a jealous boyfriend and her tormented spirit still lingered in the hotel. She was said to follow guests around, and to play with the gaming equipment in the casino.

"A gambling ghost?" I asked laughingly. The boy glared at me, and I was sorry for making a joke about something he obviously believed in. We said a hasty good-night and went up to the sixth floor.

As we neared our room, Marie gasped and grabbed my arm. I stopped and looked at her. She pointed, wide-eyed, toward the far end of the hallway. Before our eyes, the glowing figure of a woman came hurrying toward us. I shivered superstitiously, my skin prickling in the sudden cold as she rushed passed us and walked right through the wall next to our room.

"Good lord, there really is a ghost in our room!" I gasped.

"I am not going in there," Marie said firmly. Her face was pale and her black eyes were wide with fear. "No way."

I didn't much feel like going in there either, but we had gotten a special deal for two nights, paid in advance and non-refundable. I didn't want to waste our money. In the end, I wrenched open the door, turned on the light, and investigated every corner, looking for the Lady in Red. She was gone.

Marie absolutely refused to set foot in the haunted room. In the end, I had to go down to the desk and request a room on another floor. The boy didn't say much when I told him we had seen the Lady in Red, but he gave me a know-it-all smirk that made me want to smack him, and assigned us to a room on another floor. Marie barely got a wink of sleep that night. She kept waking up, afraid that the Lady in Red would come walking through the wall and do terrible things to us. We were up at dawn and had checked out of the Mizpah by breakfast time the next day.

From that day on, Marie always booked our hotels, and she always made sure that there were no ghosts anywhere on the premises before she made a reservation.

 

You can read more spooky Nevada ghost stories in Spooky Southwest by S.E. Schlosser.

 

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I lived and worked in Tonopah, Nevada for two years.

The story of “The Lady in Red” was told to me by Dave who worked in the mining museum.

The Mizpah has been closed for many years and most of the antique furnishings have been removed.

The Goldfield hotel, in Goldfield (26 miles south of Tonopah) also has a ghost.

That was so wird for sure:)

Wow, this was truly scary. I would have a heart attack if something like that ever happened to me! Great story!:)

That was so scary i would have ran out if i saw a damm ghost and for get about my shit saving my life is better.....and next time i will listen to the employes and never go to a hotel again and i will never sleep till im died i think...

haha reminds me of the coronado hotel!

Hey Coronado Hotel I have been there and felt like i was in prescense of ghosts :D

good story man :0

That was not very scary, but it was a good story, I guess :)

i would have freaked out and left that hotel in a heartbeat
:D
jazmin

it was so scary man imagine
a ghost in the exact hotel room than you

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