Haunted Hotel

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO was always on my list of places I wanted to go on vacation. (I’m a huge fan of paranormal shows and it’s been featured on several of them.) In 2010, I was finally determined to make it happen! Since Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday and the Stanley is reportedly haunted, I figured it would be a blast to book a room on the 4th floor (the most haunted floor) and my husband, Sandell, and I would celebrate our anniversary, my birthday and Halloween on a long weekend trip. We drove nearly 8 hours to get there and I was so excited, I thought I was going to burst when it came into view! I was also a little apprehensive about what we might be getting ourselves into.
The Stanley did not let me down! Strange things began happening our first night there. We were in our room getting ready to go down to the Cascades Restaurant for dinner. As we were getting dressed, the lamp on my side table clicked off. Then after a few seconds, it clicked back on. We looked at each other and Sandell, ever the skeptic, said, “Probably just the wiring.” Then right after that, the TV turned off. The remote was laying in the middle of the bed between us. Without touching it, it turned back on. Even Sandell admitted that was a little strange.
Later that night, I was brushing my teeth in the bathroom and I was looking in the mirror. Behind me, the perfectly folded and placed towels on the rack slowly came off at the same time and fell to the floor. I just turned around, picked them up quickly and put them back. Although I was a bit creeped out, I turned off the light and went to bed. Then the next day, Sandell and I were browsing in the Chrysalis gift shop downstairs. All of a sudden, this horse figurine flew off the high shelf in the corner and landed on the floor. The lady standing across the room behind the counter and I just looked at each other and she said, “That was odd, wasn’t it?” Ummm…yes. Me, Sandell and this woman were the only ones in the shop and no one was anywhere near it.
That night, we were laying on the bed watching TV. and out of the corner of my eye, I kept seeing a shadow crawling around on the floor by my side of the bed. I kept sitting up and looking over at the floor and nothing was there. I’d focus back on the TV, and it would happen again. Finally, Sandell asked me what I kept looking at and I told him. This time, I wasn’t really frightened, though. The spirit in that room is said to be a little boy who’s just trying to play with you. 
The final ghostly thing that happened on that trip was when we took the Ghost Tour. We were in the room directly opposite from the one we were staying in and I kept feeling my hair being caressed. There were only a few people on the tour and no one was standing behind me, so I couldn’t explain it. When we all went back out in the hallway, the loveseat that is placed against the wall was sitting directly in our path. The tour guide asked if one of us was playing a joke by going out and moving it, but no one had left the room. It was a whole bunch of strange, not-quite-explainable occurrences that will stay with me for a long time. I adore the Stanley Hotel and have been back since, but nothing can compare to that first trip!!



It was Christmas 2009, the kids had just woken up and the family was gathered together to exchange gifts. The light peeking through the front window was bright enough that the interior lighting didn’t require being on for them to see their gifts. The tree was lit and I was randomly taking photos with my cell phone, the HTC Evo 3G, of the family opening their gifts and just random shots here and there. The three younger kids were scattered on the floor, Dad was on the end of the couch, my (then) husband was in the middle of the couch, my oldest daughter was standing next to the tree and I was directly in front of the TV stand slightly to the left in front of a recliner chair.

I took approximately 272 photos that morning & an entire video, no footage of what I captured on my cell, yet never noticed a single image of the spirit on any of the photos in their small version via my cell, but what appeared on my laptop in a larger view amazed the heck out of me. I have been a magnet for these types of encounters since the age of 16 when my Godfather passed away. I have been touched, spoken to, given mental images, as well as prevented harm from happening to those I come into contact with who need it. The photo here is of our Christmas spirit, a female and a gentle soul. As you look at her positioning to the left of my step-son, she is flowing gracefully to the right. I have had the pleasure of knowing a few paranormal investigators, one of which has tried to debunk the photo using a different light spectrum, and has yet to call it fake, photo shopped or touched up. It is not a joke, nor is it smoke and most definitely not a reflection. It is simply the real deal, our own Christmas spirit.


Monster House

I was told in the mid-1990s that I had a 6’ tall man with me which opened my mind to the paranormal. I started baby-sitting my great granddaughter in 1999(age 3) who came to me one day and informed me that I have “monsters” in my house. Then she saw a man with white hair in my living room. I have since then found over 50 photos of her with orbs around her, some of the day she was born. My hubby passed away last year and he knew how interested I was in the paranormal so I decided to start taking photos around the house to see if he would make an appearance. This was this past August. Since then I have gotten several photos, but am sending you the first one taken in the mirror in my living room. Since this I have started taking photos on my porch and have gotten some pretty strange looking creatures and have to wonder if these are the “monsters” she was referring to. I think this is the man with the white hair she saw in my living room based on the white bushy eyebrows.


In March 2013, during my spring break, a friend and I decided to spend some time in Jerome, Arizona. It is an old mining town with lots of history. We heard a lot of stories about this one hotel there, the Jerome Grand Hotel, and we wanted to see if we could experience anything.  The history of the hotel dates back to the 1920s when it was a hospital for the miners and residents of Jerome.  After being abandoned for several years, a family bought the property and turned it into a hotel.  This place has a history of suicides, a possible murder, and people dying of natural causes.

Going into this place, I did not think we would experience anything. But I usually like to go into it with an opened mind. Immediately when we got into our room, 32B, we started experiencing activity.  I was sitting on the bed relaxing and I got the sense that someone was in the room with us. I got a chill and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I then caught the smell of ladies perfume as if someone walked right past me. When I asked my friend if he smelled that, our telephone rang.  He answers the phone but no one was on the other end.  He hung it up and immediately the phone rang again. He picks it back up and again no one was on the other line. After that incident, we did a ghost walk with the owner of the hotel. We learned during this walk that a woman committed suicide by jumping out our room window.

Later on that night, we wanted to take pictures and do our own investigation. We went up to the 4th floor, and while we were taking pictures we heard a taping noise coming from one of the rooms.  We went down to investigate the sound, and it grew louder. When I turned and asked my friend if he is hearing that, it sounded like someone slammed their body against the door.  The whole door shook and vibrated. We knew it could not have been someone from that room, because it was 3am and a mother and son were staying there.  The noise could not be explained.

While looking through the pictures that I took, I got some surprises. In some pictures there were a lot of orbs and unexplained light streaks.  In a couple of others, I got a full body apparition of a little girl and a woman standing beside me. This is undoubtedly the most haunted place that I have been to.  


I took this photo in my garage of my dog Bonnie, and when I looked at the picture, it looked like a giant hand petting her. I was really shocked. We have had lots of things happen here in my house, but not recently. Both my boyfriend and I have seen a lady and a man in our house standing by the edge of our bed. Creepy to say the least. I often have dreams and feel awake, but pinned to the bed and almost like my body is buzzing. It is scary to say the least. I was really curious about this picture. What do you think? 


In 2010 I stayed in the Driskill Hotel on a business trip close to Halloween. I heard the hotel was haunted after I made my reservations. I thought I’d make the best of it and snapped some photos around the building. I didn’t see anything in the photos so I retired to my room for the evening. I snapped a few photos of the hotel room to show my family and when I checked them, I found this perfectly round solid orb. I thought it might be a reflection of the light so I took several photos immediately afterward and it wasn’t there.


I was a little creeped out so I didn’t sleep much that night. I finally fell into a light sleep but around 3:00 a.m., I heard something fall in the bathroom. It sounded like a hairbrush on the hard floor. I wasn’t about to investigate so I stayed in bed with the lights on all night. In the morning I went to see what had fallen. There was nothing on that floor. No hairbrush, no soap, nothing. I’m not sure what to make of that experience. What do you think?


Not all ghost stories are scary. Some can actually bring a little peace to those who are grieving and strengthen faith. I took this picture one day while trying to photograph a pair of butterflies. When I uploaded the pictures to my computer I saw the image of a woman with dark hair, who appeared to be holding an infant. (larger circled image) She had rainbow like rays all around her, almost like a religious icon does. I am a medium and I find spirits are very attracted to those who can “hear” them.

Sometimes even making the connection through social media. Through Facebook I heard a classmate of mine from childhood, Rosa, a mother of 6, was battling cancer. I said prayers for her often while she went through her treatments. We hadn’t seen one another or spoken for over 25 years, and knew very little of each other’s lives. One evening, soon after I had prayed for Rosa, her sister messaged me saying, ”the strangest thing just happened. My sister just said your name.” As a medium, I know that prayers are heard, but here was proof! Her sister was very much a skeptic, but since Rosa was having such difficulty communicating her last days, and could barely speak, I offered to do a reading for her. She had so many specific messages for her family, things I could never have known, which has turned them into believers.

One message I had difficulty interpreting was ”I will be IN rainbows.” I wasn’t sure what it meant at the time of the reading, until after I shot this picture. She is literally inside the rainbow which encircles her, like a rainbow angel. The face even looks like Rosa and you can see her holding a baby. This was captured 2 days before she passed away. I have heard of spirits leaving their body right before they pass on. I feel it was Rosa’s spirit coming to say “thank you”. I treasure this picture and feel honored she would pay me this visit and entrust me with her messages. She also mentioned in the reading, to be ready with a camera to take a picture of “a miracle in nature.” I assumed it was for her family, and told them, but after this picture I knew the message was for me!

I also shot a 6 min video very soon after. My son who is 3, and was talking about a rainbow, and you can see him not only playing with an orb of light, but talking directly to it. A light I could not see with my naked eye, but he could! I feel like this is some of the most compelling evidence that there are in fact spirits. I also took a video singing Happy Birthday to Rosa, and an orb comes directly to me as I say her name. Rosa gave me the most loving message to relay to her family: “I am the sparkle in your eye, and the rainbow that connects us all.” It proves to me Rosa will always be there for those she loved. She continues to give me messages for her family. Some bonds are never broken.