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Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC

Ghost Stories

When the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. opened in 1930, owner Harry Bralove needed some financial backing. He approached Henry Doherty, who agreed to become a minority shareholder in the hotel and took a suite of rooms where he lived with his wife until 1973. In addition to the couple, the suite of rooms was occupied by their adopted daughter Helen and the hotel’s Executive Housekeeper Juliette Brown, who looked after the family. Early one morning, Juliette awoke feeling ill, and reached for the telephone. She died before she could complete the call and was discovered by a hotel engineer. Some time afterward, Helen Doherty also died mysteriously in the same suite. Although no cause was ever disclosed, both suicide and a drug overdose were rumored. Once the Dohertys vacated the premises, televisions and lights were reported turning on spontaneously at 4 a.m. (the time of Juliette’s death?) and although the suite was unoccupied, guests in the adjacent room reported hearing loud noise coming from next door. The suite has since been redesigned, restored and renamed the Ghost Suite, perhaps in honor of Juliette or Helen—or both.

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