May 2005 - The Heritage Hotel - St. Petersburg, Florida



There was a murder suicide in room 309 in about the late 60s. Strange things happen in this room including weird noises and a sense of terror. Also apparitions are seen in the hall of the 3rd floor, usually of a woman running, or a man chasing you. Dark figures are usually also seen in the stair case & lobby.


The Heritage Hotel is currently part of the Holiday Inn & Inter Continental Hotels Group. A description of this hotel as well as a photo / virtual tour can be found by clicking here. Strangely enough there is no mention of a murder-suicide or that this destination is haunted.

I did find out that this hotel is one of the oldest in the area. It was built in the roaring 20s and has been a popular vacation destination ever since. There have been a couple additions to the back of the hotel over the years, but for the most part it has stayed the same keeping its classic southern colonial style.

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May 11-13, 2005:

This hotel is definitely old. You can tell when you walk through the front door. That's not saying anything bad about this establishment, because you can tell they do a lot to keep it nice, what I am saying is there is a definitely vibe to this hotel. It almost feels like you've walked back in time when you're standing in the lobby. It's not a normal modern Holiday Inn hotel by any stretch. The character of this hotel seeing more than 80 years of history really comes across. In 80 years, there's got to be a spook that has checked in for us to find.

Upon checking in, we asked the guy behind the desk about the alleged hauntings. He confirmed that there were stories and that people have seen things, but was reluctant to go into details and was adamant about not being filmed. We then questioned him about the alleged murder-suicide that took place on the 3rd floor, and he completely blew it off and changed the subject. At this point a manager came up from the back and asked if we needed any help and denied any such things happening in his hotel. They then tried to put us in a room on the 2nd floor, we pointed out the mistake since our reservations were for the 3rd, more specifically for room 309. They changed it and we went on up to our room.

Room 309 is a basic room. Nothing fancy. Two double beds, and a bathroom. The room continued with the southern historic feel. It looked like it had seen better days, but the beds were comfortable and the AC worked. We settled in and began taking some EVPS, pictures, and temperature readings. Nothing really abnormal to report except for the creepy little doors that seemed to be all around the place.

There were a couple in the hallway, and one in our room. We decided to check tem out and found a bunch of pipes and trash in them. No spooks. We continued to take readings and pictures in the hall. Again, nothing abnormal. We continued on to the staircase that leads down to the 2nd & 1st floor. This had to be the stair case in the legend because we didn't see any other stairs. Other than a very old water fountain, nothing showed up in the stair case.

After a couple hours of investigating the room, hallway & Staircase it was time to investigate the bar! This hotel had an hour where all the drinks were free to paying guests. Greg an I were really thirsty and entirely sober, maybe that's why we had not seen anything yet.

The bar is actually part of the lobby. It is all one big open & inviting space. So inviting that there were some interesting people already down there partaking in the free hour. They asked what we were doing with all of our camera equipment and once we mentioned the word 'ghost', stories started pouring from them like crazy. not about the hotel, but about ghosts in general.

Greg & I sat at the bar for a while, then in the lobby for a while, and even out on the porch for a while too, never making contact with any ghosts. When we about ready to give up, a man, who asked not to be identified, told us what the real deal of the Hotel was.

Apparently the current owner does not like the stigma that goes along with a haunted hotel and has fired people in the past for talking to guests about it. That would explain the strange reluctantly that we experienced while checking in. The gentleman informed us that there was in fact a horrible murder-suicide. It wasn't in an office or anything, but it was in room 309. A man suspected that his wife was cheating on him, so he followed her to this hotel and followed her to room 309. He listened outside of the door for a few minutes and we he had heard enough, made entry into the room, and caught his wife in the act with his cousin. The mad drew a gun and pointed it at the two. the woman got up out of the bed and started pleading with the husband. He then shot his cousin in the head two times. The wife tries to escape by running down the hall. The husband fires two more time at her but misses. She then falls as she runs down the staircase and the husband catches up to her and fires a shot right threw her head. The husband, now totally out of it, walks down the rest of the stairs through the lobby and sits out on the porch. After a few minutes he puts the gun in his mouth and pulls the trigger.

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Needless to say the man refused to go on camera when telling us this story, nor could he recall any specific names or dates. He said he had been working there for over 10 years and have seen and heard many things that would make skeptics like us, believers.

We thanked the man for his time an then decided to go out an get some fresh air. We went to the back of the hotel where there was a very spooky ally and an old abandoned building that had a lot of over grown vegetation. We didn't see any ghosts, but did see a man & a woman going through a dumpster looking for discarded treasure.

After a while Greg & I decided to drive around the beautiful city of St. Petersburg. We checked out some other haunted locations for future SpookHunts, and in general, just got the feel of the city. Although there was very little video evidence that was captured or worth posting, the following three videos are of a strange woman who begged us for a ride. Greg & I are not sure if she was a ghost or not, but please, take a look and let us know what you think!

After we got back to the hotel, we continued our investigation into the night and for the rest of our stay. The investigation turned up nothing. We spent two nights in the room where a man was shot in cold blood and nothing unusual happened. We spent a total of 10 hours through the course of 3 days taking pictures, EMF readings, temperature readings, and EVPs and they all turned up with less than impressive results.

Out of hours of video, and hundreds of pictures we have only one strange anomaly that showed up in a picture. The picture in question was taken during the free beer hour. There appears to be an orb around my ear. Not sure what the deal is here, but feel free to let me know what you think it is. It's located directly below with a bunch of other miscellaneous pictures from the hunt.

So, in conclusion do I think this Hotel is haunted. Well, let me put it this way...If you want to see a ghost, don't stay here. If you want free bee,r a friendly atmosphere, and a great location, then book today!

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