The Spirit of Salem: The Hawthorne Hotel

by Wes Newbury

“The place isn’t haunted,” insists Juli Lederhaus, general manager of Salem’s Hawthorne Hotel. “There’s no documentation. People tell us they feel things, whatever, but we don’t have any documentation.”  Juli doesn’t wish to market her hotel as haunted, but despite her protests, some people refuse to believe the hotel does not host the supernatural.

“The Internet made it even harder to struggle against bad stories,” Lederhaus said. “It’s sort of like the placebo effect. If someone wants to believe something what can I do?”  Travelocity has ranked the Hawthorne Hotel as the...

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