A comment on HJ’s YouTube video about the Hotel Monteleone’s Haunted 14th Floor (embedded below) and the Missing 13th Floor… post on Ghost Hunting Theories sparked another Friday the 13th post today.
On the video, a YouTuber asked, “how did everyone in there die?”
Good question. I hadn’t talked about that in the video. I answered her and made a mental note I really needed to cover that on the blog since I hadn’t when I wrote about the hotel. (I only wondered if ghosts in haunted hotels give guests privacy and I talked about how the 14th floor isn’t what it seems.)
When I saw the post on GHT about missing 13th floors today, which the Hotel Monteleone has, I thought Friday the 13th was a perfect time to write about the ghost that haunts their missing 13th floor. (Autumnforest, if you happen to read this, THANKS for inspiring me. Your “missing 13th floor” wording was awesome. Couldn’t resist using it, but I’m giving you full credit for where I got it from!)
HE DID NOT DIE THERE
Even though the ghost of a little boy of about three-years-old has often been reported haunting the Hotel Monteleone’s 14th floor, he did not die there. He’s thought to be the ghost of a child who once stayed there. (There’s also another ghost like that. A boy who didn’t die at the hotel, but returned after he passed. The two are now thought to be playmates.)
But the tale of the three-year-old boy is a sad one. He ended up losing both of his parents within a year. The following is the story copied from a document posted on the Hotel Monteleone’s website.
…legend has it that he was the son of Josephine and Jacques Begere who stayed at the Monteleone when they came to New Orleans to attend an opera in the famous French Opera House on Bourbon Street in the late 19the century.
Maurice, their young son, was left with his nanny while the couple went off to the opera. Unfortunately, an accident occurred as they were returning to the hotel. The horses bolted when they heard a loud noise and Jacques was thrown from the buggy, killing him instantly. They say that Josephine died within a year of a broken heart.
The speculation is that the ghost of young Maurice sometimes roams the halls searching for his parents. His presence is especially felt on the fourteenth floor near the room where his parents were staying.