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Spooky Nights at the Shilo Inn

In 1998, I worked for the law firm Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix, Arizona. I worked in Bankruptcy at the time, but business was slow back then. Because we had a minimum hours requirement and I was having trouble meeting mine, I was “loaned out” to another practice group.

Funny, now that I think back I don’t know what the group was called. I know they did oil and gas stuff out of the Salt Lake City office, but I don’t know if that’s what they were called. That part really doesn’t matter. What’s important is that I spent two weeks in Salt Lake City copying oil records at a government building.


I’m also not 100% on the name of the hotel I stayed at, but I do believe it was the Shilo Inn in downtown Salt Lake City. I remember I was across from the convention center and this hotel fits the bill.

It was during my second week in town that I had my “encounter.”


The very first odd thing I remember happening was when I woke up one morning. I got out of bed and headed towards the bathroom, then found myself rapidly ducking as I turned the corner and saw a dark mass flying at me from out of the corner of my eye.

I remember feeling so confused. I was certain something had flown at me. Not just something, but possibly even someone. If I hadn’t been standing there all by myself I would’ve sworn someone else had just rushed at me…or maybe even swung at me.

But there was nothing there. I was all by myself. I pretty much dismissed it after I took a shower. I was a little worried about my health actually…until I rationalized it that I was maybe just more asleep than I wanted to admit when I’d first stumbled out of bed.


Harder to dismiss was what happened over the next couple of nights. (Which I’ll just lump generally together as “The Second Experience.”)

I remember being awoken by something…sounds in my room. Almost like drawers being opened. When I turned on the lights nothing was out of place, though, and I was still all alone.

Yet, I had the oddest sensation I wasn’t all alone. And for some reason I had the notion children were hiding in the drawers. It was a really creepy feeling, and like I alluded to before, it lasted more than one night.


When I got back to Phoenix I was talking to one of the project assistants who’d been born and raised in Salt Lake City. She had asked how I’d liked it there. I had really enjoyed the city. I’d had my nights free…and had gotten off at 5 p.m. most nights so I had time to explore a little. I’d actually ended up having a blast.

But I did happen to mention my weird experiences…just kind of jokingly. I never expected her to tell me what she did.

She didn’t know which hotel it’d happened at, but she remembered when she’d been little that a lady had thrown several of her kids out the window before killing herself.

Could it be the sensation of children playing in the drawers of my room had been these children?

I don’t know. I’ve never been able to confirm if that had really happened. (Heck, the project assistant might even have been pulling my leg for all I know! I doubt it, because she wasn’t that type, but…I suppose there’s always that possibility.)

If you happen to live in Salt Lake City or grew up there yourself and remember such an incident, or if you come across any news articles detailing one, I’d really appreciate hearing of it.

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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9 thoughts on “Spooky Nights at the Shilo Inn

  1. When I was little, my family and I stayed at the Shilo Inn. When we woke up in the morning, and we went to the hotel restaurant (we were on a road trip). There were police and news cameras outside the hotel. The waitress was in shock and sitting in a chair. She saw the bodies of all the children fall in front of the restaurant. I remember hearing how the 5 ear old was trying to hold on to the window. It breaks my heart.

  2. And the story was, as I recall, the husband said he was Jesus, and was coming back after his death. When he didn’t come back, the wife freaked out and threw her childre out the window.

  3. OMG!!!! So you were there when it went down??? That is so crazy! But VERY interesting to hear such a perspective! Also, I couldn’t remember the story behind why she’d done it, but I did recall it was something odd like that. That she believed there was some reason for killing her kids like that. SOOOO excited you stopped by with a comment. Thanks so very much!

  4. OMG!!!! Reromander, THANK YOU for sharing this story. SO it really IS real. Holy crap. That completely freaks me out even more now. Had no idea someone had survived. Again, what info to share. SO glad you did!!!!! 

  5. that place is the most hunted place in all of salt lake city utah

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