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The Night Watchman: Could you give us some background on the lodge and the story of Rebecca - your resident ghost? Who was she and, if you know, when did she first appear?
Marshall: The Lodge was originally constructed in 1899 by the Alamogordo and Sacramento Mountain Railway. It was a tremendously successful resort and became the centerpiece of Cloudcroft. However, on June 13, 1909, The Lodge was destroyed by fire. By 1911, The Lodge was rebuilt on its new scenic location, just a short distance from the original location. Since that time, The Lodge has had improvements and renovations, but the bulk of the historic construction remains virtually unchanged. The Lodge has entertained and hosted hundreds of politicians, artists, entertainers and business leaders. We have even had such notables as Poncho Villa, Judy Garland and Clark Gable. Conrad Hilton was also the manager of The Lodge during the 1930's. However, the most famous visitor to The Lodge is Rebecca.
limited knowledge of her, but we feel that we have a good idea of who she was.
She worked for The Lodge as a chambermaid and performed many general duties. She
was known to moonlight in more intimate ways with certain guests. Her seductive
red hair and blue eyes well matched her flirtatious nature. Her boyfriend was a
lumberjack who most likely worked for the railroad company in their search for
timber and railway ties. This meant that he would not see her very often, so she
would be able to perform her extra duties without worry. One night he returned
without notice, only to find her in the arms of another man. It's not clear
exactly what happened next, but we do know that she was murdered. Many believe
that he chopped her up and buried her remains somewhere on The Lodge grounds.
Regardless of where her remains may be, her ghost continues to haunt The Lodge
to this very day.
The Night Watchman: Are there any photos you know of or some sort of physical evidence of Rebecca's presence? Also, your lodge was featured on "Weird Travels"... Did the crew doing the investigation come up with anything while they were there?
Marshall: We don't have any photos of Rebecca or paranormal activity, nor am I aware of anyone that does. No one recalls if anything happened to the crew of Weird Travels, but there was a crew from El Paso that had strange technical problems. I believe it was with KNME. There was a large portion of the tape that didn't come out right. Their prompter also kept showing garbage.
The Night Watchman: On our interview, you said The Lodge has a kind of scrap book - stories from your guests - about the strange events that have occurred over the years. Could you elaborate on what one may see in this scrap book and a few examples? Plus any other thoughts about The Lodge you may have.
Marshall: I can finally provide you with a couple of
excerpts from the Rebecca stories book. One of them is quite interesting.
OUIJA BOARD SESSION AT THE LODGE IN
CLOUDCROFT, NEW MEXICO
After calling for contact with
any spirit that had a message for us, the board spelled out the word "QUESTION".
We asked for the name of the spirit we had contacted.
That concludes the transcript that we have from the
group. They also told us that they deleted certain questions and answers that
were of a personal nature to the participants.
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