The Vampire Hotel – Case Study

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Description
Vampire Hotel
The Vampire Hotel is a structure in the Land Between the Lakes. This area and this building has a very colorful history. There are legends of strange occurrences but it wasn’t until I visited the site myself when I witnessed some very odd occurrences myself.

 

 

History
As a quick side note I had many pictures of the Vampire Hotel but they seem to have disappeared. I may have inadvertently deleted them, but I will post more after my next visit.

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The Vampire Hotel is located in a natural area called Land Between the Lakes (LBL). This area has an interesting history in itself. LBL used to be the home of hundreds of residents and even a civil war fort (Fort Henry). It is filled with hundreds of grave sites and a few remnants of old dwellings. In fact the area was inhabited until the 1960’s. A series of dam projects and the desire to turn the area into a preserve caused the government to force residents to relocate. You can read more details on the government’s imminent domain action here.

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After the forced relocation the area was opened up as a nature preserve. Many of the original towns were destroyed, leaving only vague clues as to their existence. A few houses and foundations can still be found throughout the 170,000 acre area. One of these structures has been nicknamed the Vampire Hotel. This is where things really get interesting. The story behind the name is a group who believed they were vampires actually met at this old structure. The structure itself used to be a mansion and is perched atop a hillside overlooking Kentucky Lake. The group vandalized the area and someone even wrote the name Vampire Hotel on the structure. It gets weirder. The leader of this group was a man named Rod Ferrell. Rod believed he was a 500-year old vampire named Vesago. Heather Wendorf was a friend of Rod’s and wanted to run away from a home she described as “hell.” I guess it was a sense of righting a wrong that compelled Rod to go to Heather’s home and brutally kill both of her parents by beating them to death. The group tried to escape to Louisiana but was later found. Rod Ferrell is now on death row. There is more to the story which you can read here. After the murders and rumors came out about the Vampire Hotel, officials decided to tear down what was left of the mansion. Today you can still see the remnants of the building including a large retaining wall with a cistern, footpaths, a garden or sandbox, and rebar from where the mansion which sat.

Investigations
After reading about the “colorful” history of the Vampire Hotel I decided to check it out myself. On my first trip I went with a friend from work. We went during the mid-afternoon. Little did we know there was a path from the road that led straight to it. We took the long route, climbing up and down hillsides to get there. On one of the hillsides I had climbed up rather quickly. I stopped and sat, looking down at my buddy still climbing. While sitting completely still I noticed a rock directly in front of me begin to roll down the hill. I saw the rock from a dead stop begin moving. I am no stranger to the outdoors. I’ve been an avid hiker and camper most of my life, but this defied explanation. How did this rock, from a dead stop, begin to roll. I was sitting perfectly still the entire time, looking at the rock the entire time. I was astonished. The fun didn’t stop there. We finally found the hotel. We walked around or a few minutes then I proceeded to stand in the “junk field” on the hillside below the retaining wall. My friend stood on a ridge to my left. All of a sudden I heard a crash not far from me. My friend looked at me shocked. He told me a rock just flew from an opening at the top of the retaining wall towards me. Believing we were the victim of some pranksters, we quickly scaled the hill to get to the top of the retaining wall. A search of the area revealed no-one and the harsh terrain and leaves made me doubt that anyone could throw a rock and get away without us hearing or seeing them.

Being logical-minded Intel Analysts we tried to disprove the events. There was a very small hill on the other side of the retaining wall. We thought a rock could have rolled down the hill and through the opening in the retaining wall. But there were issues with this theory. In front of the retaining wall opening was a three-foot square hole for a cistern. If a rock somehow made it past the edge of this cistern there was another issue: The hole in the retaining wall had a 1-inch tall lip on the bottom edge. Any rock would have to clear this lip to fly through the hole. I made about a dozen attempts to allow a rock to roll don the hill, miss the cistern and clear the lip. Not one succeeded. I even tried giving the rocks some extra power, still no success.

We left the Vampire Hotel with a feeling that something was there and it was not happy to see us. As we walked back worst case scenarios flashed through my head with us being pelted by softball-sized rocks. But as soon as we walked away from the area, the rock throwing stopped.

I went on two more visits to the Vampire Hotel. On the second visit I brought a larger group of friends, some cameras, and a small audio recorder. The Vampire Hotel did not fail to live up to it’s now growing reputation. We experienced several rock throwing incidents and as night fell I even caught sight of a rock the size of a human head flying through the air and then rolling down a ridge just to the right of us. But on this visit we left with something else – what many would describe as an EVP.

 

This first clip is a strange series of clicks that seems to be in response to a question. The rubbing sound you hear at the beginning of the clip is due to the holder inadvertently rubbing his finger on the housing of the recorder. We tried to reproduce the clicking noises but couldn’t. I also thought it could be an issue with the recorder itself, but after reviewing hours of audio from various sites around LBL, I found no recordings of any similar sounds.

 

In this second recording the “audio operator” forgot to turn the recorder off. It was placed in his pocket while we were walking back through the woods. You will hear lots of scrapping from us hiking through thick brush along the trail. You can also hear a boat going past in the background. The first whisper is at 3 seconds, the second around the 14 second mark. 

My third investigation was perhaps the most intriguing. This time I took two new friends to the Vampire Hotel and a strange thing happened…. Nothing! We spent over two hours there and we didn’t hear even a single rock throw or a stick break. We did see some fireflies and hear some rustling leaves, probably from small rodents, but nothing of value. The more I try to rationalize the events that occurred as simply rocks being knocked loose and rolling, why didn’t we witness a single instance of a rock rolling or being thrown on the third visit? If it is supernatural force why did it choose this time to stop? I’m left with many more questions and no definitive answers.

Key Characteristics
– Suspected EVP
– Rock throwing/rolling appearing to start spontaneously

Evidence
1. EVP

This first clip is a strange series of clicks that seems to be in response to a question. The rubbing sound you hear at the beginning of the clip is due to the holder inadvertently rubbing his finger on the housing of the recorder. We tried to reproduce the clicking noises but couldn’t. I also thought it could be an issue with the recorder itself, but after reviewing hours of audio from various sites around LBL, I found no recordings of any similar sounds.

In this second recording the “audio operator” forgot to turn the recorder off. It was placed in his pocket while we were walking back through the woods. You will hear lots of scrapping from us hiking through thick brush along the trail. You can also hear a boat going past in the background. The first whisper is at 3 seconds, the second around the 14 second mark. 

2. First Visit Rock-Throwing/Rolling (Eyewitness Accounts)
3. Second Visit Rock-Throwing (Eyewitness Accounts)
4. Third Visit No Rock-Throwing (Eyewitness Accounts)

Possible Causes
1. The Rational Hypothesis
The rock throwing was actually rocks rolling down the hill. The steep and rocky terrain provide excellent opportunity for rocks to become dislodged and appear to be thrown from steep drop-offs. The EVP was directly related to the passing boat and not the product of any supernatural force.

2. The Paranormal Hypothesis
The rock throwing and EVP is the product of some yet undefined entity or force. Some literature would call it a poltergeist, though I am hesitant to get wrapped up in labeling unknowns.

Information Gaps
– Get video of the rocks flying/falling
– Is there only a specific time or event that causes this phenomena?

Analyst Comment
I have barely begun to scratch the surface of the Vampire Hotel. For this investigation to go to the next steps I need to gather much more evidence. I would really like to capture one or several of the “rock throwing” incidents on video to analyze them. Is there a rational explanation? While my personal experiences point strongly towards something unexplained going on there is much more work that needs to be done before we can put these hypotheses to the test.

Pictures
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Video
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Audio

This first clip is a strange series of clicks that seems to be in response to a question. The rubbing sound you hear at the beginning of the clip is due to the holder inadvertently rubbing his finger on the housing of the recorder. We tried to reproduce the clicking noises but couldn’t. I also thought it could be an issue with the recorder itself, but after reviewing hours of audio from various sites around LBL, I found no recordings of any similar sounds.

In this second recording the “audio operator” forgot to turn the recorder off. It was placed in his pocket while we were walking back through the woods. You will hear lots of scrapping from us hiking through thick brush along the trail. You can also hear a boat going past in the background. The first whisper is at 3 seconds, the second around the 14 second mark. 

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  1. Steve Asher
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    I am deeply interested in studying this places activity. Could you message me with directions?

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