In Ghostly’s twenty-fifth episode, Pat and Rebecca explore one of the most haunted hotels in America, the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida, just outside of Miami. Not only is the Biltmore one of the most beautiful hotels, but it also houses so many ghosts that parts of the hotel are only rented when there is no other choice. Is the Biltmore haunted?
Questions explored in this episode:
What is the history of the Biltmore? Who are the ghosts that are seen most frequently at this hotel? Who were the mobsters that operated out of the hotel? What happened to Thomas “Fatty” Welch? What happened to the hotel during WWII for soldiers? How do the ghosts appear to guests? What happens with the 13th floor? Is the 4th floor also haunted? Is the elevator haunted? What do the maids do to keep the spirits away when they clean? Who is Linda Spitzer? What happened when paranormal investigators held a séance? Is the Biltmore haunted?
New Segment: Listener Mail and Questions! Listen to our first listener story! Submitted by Audrey Boerma, this story details some VERY creepy poltergeist sightings and happenings in her home. Have a story of your own? Send your story or question to email@example.com and we might read it on the air. You can also email us individually at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You could be on a future episode of Ghostly!
After listener mail, listen to Rebecca tell a ghost story inspired by a real story from the Biltmore!
Then, listen to hear Pat give the history of the Biltmore Hotel with comments from Rebecca. We learn the answers to our questions about how this amazing resort was built and what famous people have stayed there. The history of the Biltmore as a medical facility for soldiers and later a medical school. Also, hear about Linda Spitzer and her nights of telling ghost stories at the Biltmore.
Time for the debate! Rebecca shares evidence of some of the most common ghost sightings at the Biltmore. Hear about the employees and what they see, the man at the foot of the bed, the woman in white, and the gangster who holds court throughout the hotel, but especially on the 13th floor. Pat, of course, has a response to all of these.
Be sure to stay for the whole episode to hear the “Closing Arguments” to help you make your choice before voting.
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Sources for this week’s episode:
Special Thanks to Listener Audrey Boerma for sharing her story!
Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: Dream Images (Love-Death Music) by George Crumb
Bumper: Ghost Waltz by Lowell Liebermann
“Graceful Ghost Rag” by William Bolcom