Ghosts of the painted lady
ghosts of the painted lady
Is it haunted? This is a very popular question. I can tell you with 100% confidence that the owner’s suite of the Bed & Brew is (or was at one point) haunted. Not as much as when I purchased the property in 2014, but it still is a place where paranormal activity occurs. The other rooms at the brothel have their fair share of stories, too. If you are not a believer in ghosts, you will likely have no ghost stories to tell regarding the Bed & Brew. However, an open mind and a willing suspension of disbelief is key.
Also note that the ceilings in the renovated rooms were painted "haint" blue; this was done to match the original paint color. It seems like keeping out evil spirits has always been a necessity at this property. Haints are restless spirits of the dead that for whatever reason have not moved on from their physical world. The color is intended to protect the homeowner from being "taken" or influenced by haints. It is said to protect the house and the occupants of the house from evil.
unknown, violent female spirit
This was the first eye-opening ghost experience for me at the brothel. It was the summer of 2015. In the middle of the night, while sleeping on my stomach, something was on top of me forcing me down into the bed. I remember being angry at first that it was trying to force me down. But, once it was over, I remember being so excited to tell everybody about the ghost that made actual physical contact.
My mom was helping me put the final touches on a room (mere hours prior to the first guests arriving back in October 2015). It was a real rush and I was dealing with a tremendous amount of stress and pressure. I remember attaching handles on the kitchen cabinets in the Lizzie Suite. My mom had the job of removing packing tape from the refrigerator shelves. I will never forget her looking over at me and saying “what did you just say?” I, of course, had said nothing. She told me that a man’s voice said to her “can you grab me a beer?”
demon trap session #1 - Bill
Bill, as this spirit was known, was present when I bought the home in 2014. A person related to the original family informed me that the owner’s suite was haunted. He told me that when the property was a hotel, a jealous husband (Bill) took an ax to his wife and his wife's lover when he caught them in the act in this room. Unbeknownst to me, Bill was fairly upset that I bought the home and spent a year or so making his distaste for me clear. A Buddhist priestess cleared the home of two spirits in 2014 after the home became almost uninhabitable. Bill was the lone spirit that stuck around. I remember thinking that we had an understanding: I would stay out of his way and he would stay out of mine. This was not the case. When the paranormal activity reached a peak during the summer of 2017, I called two new mediums to force the spirit out. Bill was successfully exorcised via a demon trap on June 14, 2017.
demon trap session #2 -succubus
I blame my friend for dropping this lady demon off at my home. It was September 11th, 2017. We were headed out on a bike ride in the bosque. The house had been cleansed of “Bill” just a few months earlier and armed with a grid of black tourmaline in each corner of the apartment. Yet, something was back in the house. Murray would yelp in pain from his bed in my bedroom. After running in to check on him, he was staring with his ears up at a spot just over my bed. Then one night I remember sleeping and waking up to this very uncomfortable, disgusting feeling that consumed me. In my dream (I think) I saw a tall black shadow figure enter the bedroom and climb the walls, getting closer to me. I woke up in hysterics. I called the mediums the next day. After another demon trap session, they were unsuccessful in driving the entity into the trap. Rather, it left out the window (to likely end up in someone else's home). This time, they informed me that unlike Bill, this thing was never human--it was a succubus.