Autumn comes early to New England. Already the sugar maples are beginning to show fiery-orange tips, the corn is mile-high, candy corn is filling the shelves- and #92 is booked for Halloween night. Haunted University will be returning to the Borden House on September 28 and 29 and was a soldout event in days. The urns and barn buckets at #92 are overflowing with colorful chrysanthemums as the old house gets in gear for a busy season second only to August.
1892 was a year for for murderous happenings. On the other coast of the United States, at the Hotel Del Coronado, a lady using the name of Kate Morgan checked into the famous Victorian wooden hotel resort. She and her husband were professional card sharps with a scam that paid off. “Kate” now found herself expecting a child, and was worried about how her husband and lifestyle would accommodate motherhood. She purchased a gun and ammunition as she waited for her husband to arrive at the hotel, but was found brutally shot in the head a day later under mysterious circumstances. It wasn’t long before the tales of a pale woman “haunting” the premises sprang up and continue to this day.
The Del Coronado is most remembered for the Marilyn Monroe film, Some Like it Hot with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. It is still a magnificent structure, and those who visit a certain room, swear the bizarre phenomena is generated by the ghost of the 1892 Kate Morgan. Several books have been written about the case, which remained unsolved and was thought to be a suicide. The books are available on Amazon.com and make fascinating Halloween reading. For more on the story and the historic hotel visit http://www.hoteldel.com/ and one ghosthunter’s experience in room 3312 http://www.eeeek.com/coronadoghost.html