Spirit Qwest Paranormal Investigations Hunts Ghosts at the Ott Hotel
The Ott Hotel in Liberty Texas is possibly one of the most haunted hotels in the nation. This establishment draws paranormal investigation teams wanting to document paranormal activity as well as the general public looking for a thrill.
The Ott Hotel was established in 1928 during the big oil boom in Southeast Texas. The steam locomotive stopped at the depot a convenient fifty yards from the Ott Hotel. The hotel provided weary business men a restaurant, resting place and a brothel of high class ladies of the evening. After a sumptuous meal in the dining room, clients could take their escort through a secret door, up a spiral staircase and to a room above.
Through the years, the Ott Hotel has been witness to multiple deaths and long held dark secrets.
One rumor is that in 1930 a woman named Lucy was shot, along with her lover, by her estranged husband, Joshua. One bullet pierced the bodies of the two lovers entangled during love making. Without any witnesses, Joshua fled the hotel and was never convicted of the crime. It is said that Lucy's spirit still makes an occasional appearance in room 112. When the air begins to get chilly, around October and November, paranormal activity amps up through out the hotel. These months are reported to coincide with the anniversary date of Lucy's death. Could she be trying to give the name of the person that murdered her and her lover?
The Ott Hotel has rooms that are rented by long term residents who claim to experience a myriad of paranormal activity in the hotel. Guests have reported disembodied voices, being touched, and witnessing full body apparitions. A few of the thrill seekers never make it until the sun rises. The owners have discovered an empty room 112 and guests have departed without any word of explanation.
Spirit Qwest made an extended stay in room 112 and one of the most impressive paranormal experiences we had was a brush lifting up and falling out a basket. Unfortunately, this took place around 8 A.M. when the cameras were not recording. Although we had to mark this one down as a personal experience, it encourages us to go back and try to capture telekinetic energy in action.
Spirit Qwest is the only team that has ever been allowed to investigate the attic, and with good reason. Electrical wires snake along the attic floor and can be a dangerous place to explore. Our trip to this unexplored area immediately paid off. While setting up the equipment, one member of the Spirit Qwest team heard a loud growl that sounded much like the MGM Lion. Both our camcorders and one of our digital voice recorders picked up the growl. Despite the strong warning, Spirit Qwest remained in the attic for several hours gathering evidence to support the existence of paranormal activity. When the data was later analyzed we heard the very distinct growl and a strong male voice clearly saying, "GET OUT!" This disembodied voice was warning us to leave immediately. We discovered another voice embedded in the growl. It was a female voice clearly demanding, "Get out of here." It was evident that some of the stronger spirits did not appreciate our presence in the attic. During the EVP session, we were able to capture many voices on the digital recorders including one female's plea for help. At times the spirits seemed playful and would even mimic our voices. We have heard that spirits will sometimes copy the voices of the living and we have experienced this phenomenon on other investigations. We can only guess why a spirit would do this. Spirits are like the living, they can be malevolent or benevolent in nature. Our collection of EVP's and the disembodied voice that night showed this to be true.
At one point during our investigation, we heard creaking floor planks that sounded much like footsteps walking toward us. After requests to please show themselves, Sheila pointed her digital camera toward the sound and flashed a picture. After analyzing this photograph we discovered an orb in the picture that contained facial features. The orb was located in the exact spot from where the footsteps were heard. Soon after the photograph was captured, Sheila saw a ghostly apparition flying out of the darkness toward her face. Moments later I saw the same form directly in front of me float from the floor of the attic to the ceiling. Sheila later recalled that she could actually feel the force of the apparition as it moved toward her.
In paranormal research, it is believed that spirits are able to draw energy from batteries, EMF and other sources in order to manifest themselves. The high EMF generated by the electrical cables in the hotel's attic could be providing a source for spirits to draw energy. The attic is isolated and provides a safe haven for the spirits who are still present at the Ott Hotel.
Paranormal Investigation of The Mirror
Can mirrors be a link to the spirit world? There are many theories about mirrors opening a portal to the spirit world and some date back hundreds of years.
The mirror at the Ott Hotel is located at the end of the hallway on the first floor and was brought in by the current owners. Since that time, many digital photographs have caught apparitions appearing in the mirror. Numerous paranormal investigators have come to the conclusion that the mirror is a portal. Did installing this mirror open a portal or did the portal always exist? Either way the mirror is offering some compelling evidence of the supernatural.
Our lead investigator, Sheila, cleaned the mirror of any smudges and marks before the investigation. This eliminated the possibility of any marks showing up in the photographs that could be mistaken for ghostly apparitions. In one photo, with Sheila standing next to the mirror, a shadowy figure in the mirror can plainly be seen reaching out to touch her on the arm. In another set of photographs, an apparition of a man was captured in the mirror. Each consecutive photograph shows the man slowly fading away. One intriguing digital photograph captured an orb inside the mirror, but it does not appear outside the mirror.
During our investigation of the Ott Hotel, Spirit Qwest not only documented paranormal activity in the attic and mirror, but also floating faces and orbs in the hallway. Overall the location provided us with a lot of paranormal evidence and personal experiences. We presented the owners with all evidence we captured from the paranormal investigation and they have included some of the evidence on their website.
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