Monday, March 09, 2020

Top Ten Paranormal Locations in Las Vegas

Greetings all. Welcome to my guest post on Roxanne’s Realm. When coming up with a top ten list, I figured I’d combine my two favorite things: Las Vegas and the paranormal. So, I’ve been to Vegas several times, and often combine research and pleasure. So, I’ve learned a lot about several locations in the city and experienced hauntings at the below locations. Here is my own fabulous top ten list of Paranormal Las Vegas.

 Top Ten Paranormal Locations in Las Vegas

1) Zak Bagan’s Haunted Museum: This place is the real deal. I’ve been there six times now, and I’ve had so many paranormal experiences. I warn people to wear protective items if you’re a sensitive. People have been touched, passed out, or see orbs around or in the lobby. Plus, the collection of haunted items and oddities is worth a visit. Sometimes even Zak may be there. But only if you’re lucky. It’s worth seeing if you’re visiting Vegas. 

2) Binnion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel Apache: This is one of the oldest gambling halls and hotels in Las Vegas. It is located in downtown and is right next to the Fremont Experience. They have recently remodeled it to 1930s design and there are all kinds of paranormal shows in the theatre downstairs. There is even a monthly ghost hunt that you can join and bring your own equipment. 

3) Luxor Hotel: This hotel is famous because it is in the shape of a pyramid on the Strip. If you’ve always wanted to sleep in a pyramid, this is the place to do it. Plus, there have been a series of suicides where people have jumped from the top floors in the pyramid and landed on the food court below. There is even the Titanic Exhibit at the center. I had strange experiences in the exhibit, especially with the largest piece recovered from the ship. Put items from the Titanic in a pyramid? Hmm. Like strange things won’t happen. 

4) Flamingo Hotel: This is another Vegas historical classic. Bugsy Siegal helped get the Flamingo built and opened it in 1946. He was notorious with being a mobster and was later accused of skimming from the profits. He died from being shot while sitting in a Beverly Hills apartment in 1947. It is rumored that his ghost can be seen in the garden, often by the chapel. It is the only original Strip casino still in existence. 

5) Bally’s Hotel and Casino: The site of Bally’s is the original MGM Grand Hotel that was the scene of one of the worst US hotel fires in 1980. On Nov. 21, a fire started in the deli in the middle of the resort. It smoldered slowly until it erupted through the doors, causing a backdraft that traveled across the casino roof in 20 seconds. By that time, firemen had been called in, but it roared through the casino so fast, many people that didn’t leave their slot machines were caught in the blaze and died.

Many of the 85 deaths were caused by the smoke that crept through the Resort Tower of the hotel. People were trapped in the elevators. Others trying to escape went down the stairs with the doors locking behind them, and were trapped in the wells. Bally’s will not allow many paranormal investigators, because the story of the fire has been buried for years. But many new laws were enacted because of this tragic event.

The MGM Grand sold the property and moved down the street. But you can still stay in the Resort (North) Tower. I have done this, and experienced “strange” interactions in my room and actions within the elevators. Sometimes the elevator doors wouldn’t open. Or the car wouldn’t move when you pushed the button, and then the button would turn off. This happened several times, with different people in the elevator. If you’re interested in phenomena, I suggest trying a stay at the Resort Tour. 

6) West Gate Hotel and Casino (FormerlyLas Vegas Hilton): This is a resort I’ve only visited once for the Star Trek Experience when it was open. But it is also the location where Elvis performed in Vegas when this hotel was called the “International Hotel”. He’s rumored to haunt his favorite locations in the hotel such as the green room near the backstage elevator, around the showroom and upper floors. 

7) Corner of East Flamingo Road and Koval Lane: This intersection is famous because it is the scene where Tupac Shakur stopped for a red light after seeing a fight down the street at the MGM Grand. The drive by shooting happened at 11:15pm on September 7, 1996. He died six days later and his murder has never been solved.

8) The Mob Museum: The museum is located downtown in the old courthouse. It is filled with memorabilia like the Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall and other items with notorious mobster connections. With the connections to the mob, it’s rumored some of their spirits return either because objects to their lives are there or they were convicted in the courthouse. Whether it’s truly haunted or not, it’s still a fabulous collection of mobster and 20th century artifacts.

9) Circus, Circus: Off of the Strip, it’s been a favorite of family visits to Las Vegas. But there are reports of screams in the poker room, and the words “Help Me” can appear on a mirror in Room 123.  

10) Oasis Motel: This small hotel is considered haunted because of the celebrities that check into room 20 and didn’t check out. Both Stu Ungar, legendary poker player, and David Strickland, an actor that was on “Suddenly Susan”, stayed in this room and were found dead the next morning. It is across from the Stratosphere, and seems to be a remnant of the seedier side of Las Vegas still on the Strip.

Whether you have read my books, enjoy Vegas, and/or are planning a trip to Vegas, staying in a haunted location can really take up your visit a few notches. Just don’t be surprised if you experience something that goes bump in the night.

I’ll see you at my next stop on my blog tour.

Until then,
Marilyn Vix

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Never Date A Vampire
Beware of Vampires
Book One
Marilyn Vix

Genre: paranormal romance
Publisher: Shadowcat Publishing
Date of Publication: Oct. 22, 2019
ISBN: 9781393015406
Word Count: 20K

Cover Artist: Melody Simmons of eBookindiecovers

Tagline: What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay there. But date a vampire, and you may never leave. Cass finds herself in a mess. Can a vampire save her?

Book Description:

A trip to Las Vegas can be the most fun of your life.

But what if you know witches? Warlocks?       

What other creatures could there be in the Las Vegas paranormal underground?
Cassandra Sanders has witnessed a messy witch divorce. Things have blown apart behind her as her friends fought with a warlock. She rides to the Stratosphere with her witch and warlock friends thinking that the worst is behind her. Throw in an Elvis impersonator, and you already have a good time ahead. But she wonders, what about her? She’s all-alone in Las Vegas. What could go wrong if she played some blackjack?

The meeting of a mysterious stranger doesn’t alarm Cass. After a casual drink, she seems to start to lose her will. Is she losing her mind? Drawn to him, she knows that maybe, this was too good to be true. He was too perfect. But in the world of the paranormal underground, where witches and warlocks played, what else should she be afraid of? Will she find out when she reaches his hotel room?

Experience what Cass finds out about the Las Vegas paranormal underground in this new series by Marilyn Vix, a sequel to the Beware of Warlocks series.

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Excerpt from Chapter 1: Never Date A Vampire

Before I had more time to dwell on his charm, he asked, “Well, have you eaten yet?”
I nodded. “I already ate upstairs.”
“At the Top of the World?” I nodded again as he continued, fascinated by his voice and the accent I still couldn’t place. He was saying something about the view or the lights, but it was hard to follow when I couldn’t take my eyes off his mouth. His lips. His voice was a strong rhythm mesmerizing my brain. He stopped talking and I watched as a slow smile formed. I blinked and looked into his amazing eyes. “We could get out of here and explore the Strip.”
I shook my head, mumbling, “Sure.”
“Let’s go, then.” He finished the rest of his martini. I just left the rest of my drink. We moved out of the seating area. He stopped at the bar, dropping a bill onto the counter. It must have been a big bill, because the guy gave him a big thank you. My Bond-like date waved at him.
As I walked next to him, I realized I still didn’t know his name. As if he read my mind, he answered, “By the way, my name is Dante.”
“I’m Cassandra. Cassie for short.”
“Glad to know you, Cassie.”
He put his arm around my waist and guided me up the stairs to the front doors. I felt the pressure of his hand on my back. All of a sudden, I wanted him. I felt the pounding of my heart. My legs were moving almost as if I had no will over them, and all I wanted was to be with Dante. We walked out the door, and he gave a ticket to the valet.
He turned to me, saying, “Now my dear, we’ll take in the best sight in Vegas: my hotel room.” He kissed me, slowly, deliciously, and all I wanted to do was be with him. My brain focused on nothing else. I even didn’t mind the cheesy line of being taken to his hotel room. The valet pulled up in his black Lamborghini, and he helped me get in. I leaned back in the leather seats, shaking my head for a minute as he broke contact with my arm. But it only lasted for a minute, because I felt his hand caressing my hand after he got into the driver’s seat. “Lean back and relax Cassie. It’s not a long drive.”
That’s when I felt my eyes starting to close slowly. Outside the car, someone was calling my name, but I didn’t see who because everything went dark.

About the Author:

Marilyn is a paranormal romance novelist. She enjoys the characters that just don’t fit in. From witches to time traveling researchers, she is letting her imagination soar to explore new worlds and write all the details down. Marilyn has traveled to Paris, London, Sydney, Munich and Las Vegas. She loves to include these settings as much as possible. Best of all is letting her reader enjoy them through the perspective of a character. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and cat. The cat, of course, is the center of attention.


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