While the show focuses on helping hotels that need both a facelift and other work to bring them back from a financial brink, as the Hotel Leger had a reputation for being haunted, they’d asked me to do a brief investigative assessment and something more.
With the crew of the show and the entire town working on physical renovations of the hotel, it was really tough to do a great job of investigating. Fortunately, I also had some information from a colleague, Mark Boccuzzi of the Windbridge Institute, who’d done an investigation several years ago. Maria Lagana-Sales, a psychic who has worked with the Office of Paranormal Investigations, came along for a bit to provide her insight as well.
The show aired on Travel Channel last night, and there was no mention of the haunting at all, which also meant I was not in the episode. Given the focus of the show and the oh-so-enormous job they did renovating, it makes sense that the ghost story was simply something that could not fit in the time they had allotted for the episode. That’s Show Biz (and at least I got paid a fair fee for the shoot).
Of course, I was disappointed, especially since I appeared in a couple of photos posted on the show website. I am also disappointed on behalf of the hotel, as the haunting was yet one more marketable point in its favor, and even a brief mention would have gotten curiosity going which would draw more people to stay there. In fact, besides having me do my assessment (challenging, with all the work going on at the time), the other reason they’d asked me to come was to discuss best ways to “market a haunted hotel,” something I’m familiar with.
However, the Travel Channel did post a video clip about the ghosts and does include me (along with host Anthony Melchiorri and hotel owner Ashley Canty). Watch it at http://www.travelchannel.com/video/hotel-leger-haunted
It’s a good piece, though what’s missing is a short bit on the brief experience host Anthony Melchiorri had in one of the basement areas (which was originally an old jail cell). On the clip, you see me with an EMF meter that’s reacting — you don’t see that this was connected to Anthony’s experience (which is the only thing that made the anomalous magnetic reading have anything to do with a potential psychic/paranormal experience).
More on the Hotel Leger will follow, and I hope to announce an event I’ll be hosting there in the next couple of months within the next few days.
Go to the episode page for the Hotel Leger and check out Anthony Melchiorri’s photos for a couple of snaps of me as well.