Ghost Stories Leave Lingering Questions About Afterlife

The Christian PostMark Hensch

Does the potential existence of ghosts signal life beyond the grave?

It's a spooky question with extra significance as Halloween nears this weekend. For scores of workers in the scares industry, the answer is a "maybe" lying between the secular and spiritual realms.

"You can believe or you can't believe," said Bill Ott, director of marketing and communications for the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, Ark. "There are hundreds of things in God's world I can't explain. Who am I to say it doesn’t happen?"

Located atop scenic Mt. Crescent in the Arkansas Ozarks, Ott said the 1886 is a resort member of Historic Hotels of America that often serves as a romantic getaway or wedding destination. It has a beautiful spa, he said, and is in direct view of the Christ of the Ozarks, the Northern Hemisphere's largest monument to Jesus. Last but not least, he added, it's also ranked among the nation's most haunted hotels.

"We run our resort 24/7, 365 days a year, and by the way, there are ghosts here too," he said. "I accept it not as a fact but possibility. People here hope to see something they've never seen before."

Ott said the 1886 immediately attracted notoriety when an Irish stonemason fell to his death from its upper levels after its construction but continued reappearing to witnesses. Later serving as a poorly run cancer hospital where scores of patients died, its current incarnation stands above a morgue Ott calls the "ghost hunter's holy grail."

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