Midwest Ghost Hunters – Paranormal Investigation at the Jerome Grand Hotel

Midwest Ghost Hunters – Paranormal Investigation at the Jerome Grand Hotel

February 22, 2020 2 By William Hollis


Sitting 5,240 feet above the Verde
Valley the Jerome Grand Hotel sits atop a ridge in the Arizona mining town of
Jerome. Formerly United Verde hospital number four it opened in January of 1927.
The 52 bed hospital was state-of-the-art for its time and served not only the
town of Jerome but the surrounding Verde Valley area. The 88 miles of tunnels
under the town made the ground very unstable and the hospital closed in 1950.
Although not open for medical care the building was kept intact and ready to
accept patients if necessary for another 20 years until 1970. After sitting vacant
for nearly 44 years it was purchased by the current owner. The building is 95
percent original with the original doors windows and woodwork still intact. Paranormal claims are generally confined
to sounds and smells you would expect in a hospital. Formaldehyde is smelled on
the third floor which is where the operating room used to be. The sounds of
the old Otis Elevator is often heard. The smell of baby powder is claimed on the second floor in the old women’s and and children’s ward. There have been 9000 recorded deaths, however most of the records have
disappeared. The majority of the history is oral history from longtime Jerome
residents. There have been two confirmed death that is believed to account for at
least some of the hauntings. In 1982 Manoa Hoffpauir, a 73 year old caretaker was found hanging in the back office. Speculation is that he was murdered. In 1935 engineer Claude Harvey aged 63 was
found dead in the maintenance area near the elevator. He had been placed so that
it would appear the elevator had crushed him. However it is also rumored that he
was murdered. We were given complete access to all
areas of the hotel including areas normally off-limits to the general
public. Wwe were able to spend some time behind the elevator in the area where
Claude Harvey died. We were also given access to the women’s and children’s ward and conducted an EVP session there as well. While we did not capture any
EVPs there was a strange light anomaly that was captured on the handheld
full-spectrum camera. in the following footage look closely at the top of the
frame. Once our investigator asked it to return, a small orb crosses the doorway. Almost as if responding to the request. Would you like for us to leave you in ?peace Something just flew right across in front of me. It was a white anomaly that has been
right in front of the camera. And it was big and it was quick. If that was you can we see you again? Can
you come back across the doorway? Another area normally off-limits that we
were given access to is the back office. This is the area used as an apartment
for Manoa Hoffpauir and the area he was found dead
by hanging in 1982. We caught no EVPs but if you look closely in the mirror in the
following footage you will see a light anomaly. We were in complete darkness and
saw nothing at the time. We have slowed the video down so it can be easily seen. During our investigation one of our
investigators smelled urine in our room, room number 10, as well as baby powder
and the women’s and children’s ward. Later reading some of the comments left
by other visitors, we found that both experiences were commonly reported. Could it be just bad plumbing and remnants of real baby powder left lying around?
Sure. So even though we investigated and can find nothing amiss, we are not ready
to call those experiences paranormal. Visiting the Jerome Grand Hotel is like
stepping back in time. Is it haunted? We can’t say. While we did catch some light
anomalies we didn’t capture any evidence to prove to us that spirits linger there. However for the history and hospitality it’s worth the trip to check it out.