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The Haunt of the day goes to…:Drum roll:….Val Verde Hotel

Investigation Report

Location: Val Verde Hotel, Socorro, NM
Date: 15 January 2001
Personnel Participating: Cody, Buck
Weather Conditions: Cloudy, light rain
Humidity: 84%
Geomagnetic Storm Activity: Unsettled
Temperature: 47
Number of Photos taken: 122
Number with possible targets: 5 (all video)
Average EM Readings: 8mg
Average M fields Readings: 1 nt
Average E Field Readings: 1 vpm
Cold Spots detected: Yes (22 degree difference in stairwell)
Hot Spots Detected: None
Olfactory Phenomena: None
Visual Phenomena: None
Type of Investigation: Ghost Hunt

All information and photos Copyright 2001 by Cody Polston, Bob Carter and SGHA. All Rights Reserved.

Location Description and History

Built in 1915, the Val Verde is not as large as other hostelries in New Mexico, but from a stand point of beauty and convenience, she stands without a peer. It contains sixty guest rooms, a commodious dining room, a kitchen, a spacious lobby and writing rooms.

Designed by noted architect Henry Trost. Located between the Santa Fe Railroad Depot and the Plaza, the hotel was popular with traveling salesmen and visitors to town. Since the 1980s, it has been extensively restored and now houses shops, a restaurant, and rented rooms. The restaurant features a unique panorama of views along the Santa Fe Railroad’s route from El Paso to Albuquerque.

In present times the rooms are rented out as apartments, with two of the old rooms composing one apartment. The kitchen and dining room were converted to a restaurant while the old lobby is now a bar.

During its history, a total of 10 people have died in various locations in the hotel. Five of these were suicides. The last suicide occurred just after our second investigation of the Val Verde. We were allowed access to the room where the suicide occurred to check for any possible activity. One orb and several suspect EM fields were discovered. Several of these suspect fields were near the area where the body was found. The body decomposed for several days before it was found.

With the exception of a few “grander” suites, the rooms share two common bathrooms located on the second floor. Each room is equipped with its own shower. Inside the building, one stair case leads to the upper floor.

This door is locked so access to the second floor is by two fire escapes located at the rear of the building. These are the stairs that the tenants use for access to their apartments.

Five men burned to death in the boiler room, located under the present day bar, while performing maintenance on it. The scars from the fire are still visible in the Boiler room today.

Reported Phenomena

Bartenders hear a thumping sound under the floor of the bar. Many believe it is the deceased workers who died in the fire banging on the ceiling with shovels or other tools. Some other eyewitness accounts include;

Cindé Trott, a 10-year Val Verde waitress, said one day another waitress who no longer works there heard a sinister voice say, “How are you my darling?”

“She started crying,” Trott said.

Another time, Trott said, she was in the waitress station and a pitcher sitting securely on top of the ice freezer flew off the top and broke a glass above the sink several feet away.

Trott isn’t the only employee who’s had a haunting experience working a the Val Verde.

“A few times I’ve been down in the basement I’ve had the impression somebody’s behind me,” said waiter Chris Parra.

Val Verde employee Fran Calderon said a woman in a blue dress and a man wearing a white shirt will make an appearance in the bar.

Calderon said a Val Verde manager once saw a “weird light” in one of the rooms at the steakhouse and felt a bizarre static electricity.

“It made the hair on the back of their neck stand up and it made their skin kind of red,” she said. “It’s a weird feeling you get. It’s not scary, but you can actually feel their (the ghosts’) presence. It doesn’t make you uncomfortable.”

The Investigation

We started our investigation at 10:30pm by searching the area near the upstairs entry. Several interesting EM fields were found in the south west hallway and near the entrance to the stairs leading into the hotel’s lobby.

After photographing the area well, we moved downstairs and positioned a IR video camera at the top of the stairwell. This was the location where an apparition of a young woman has been sighted by customers and staff.

We then moved back upstairs and continued searching the second floor. We especially focused on a room where the tenant reported that objects were being moved around his room by some unseen force. We found a short lived EM field that measured 8 milligauss near the east wall but the remainder of the room had normal background readings.

During our search upstairs, the camera picked up several oddities in the dark upper portion of the stairwell.



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