I'm kicking off the History Behind the Hauntings with a bit of a cheat. As I said, the thing that irks me most about ghost stories is that they never seem to be based in historical fact. However, this ghost is known. In fact, the ghost that haunts room 3327 at the Hotel del Coronado is famous.
I admit it - I'm a sucker for a ghost story. When I walked into the library as a kid, I made a bee-line straight to the 133s (Dewey Decimal, in case you are interested) where the "true" ghost books were shelved. One thing I have often noticed about ghost stories is how there never seems to be any historical fact to back up the tales. The ghost is always a woman in white named Mary or some generic thing. So I decided I am going to start investigating these hauntings and try to put real names, dates, and places to the stories.
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