I grew up in rural NWPA, surrounded in forest. I took an early interest in cryprozoology and sharks and have read many books on various crypto subjects such as Bigfoot and Megalodon over the years. I am not a professional writer or a journalist, but I do the best I can. I have a quirky, obscurely dry and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor than can get me in trouble. Some love me and some hate me, but I am who I am.

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By now GT regulars know about Mulder’s World and all the great stuff over there. I have been tracking one video in particular and discovered that it was actually posted last year for a short time. Now, on it’s repost the jackpot has been hit as it’s going viral crazy.

Now, I have no idea if this is a set up, or CGI, or actually legitimate, but I can tell you that it’s super creepy. Watch and listen closely as “staff security” in a Wingate Hotel checks on a room where reported screams are coming from.

Here’s the info as allegedly gleaned from the hotel manager:

This video was submitted to us by the hotel security manager who was standing watch on September 14, 2003 at a WINGATE HOTEL in Illinois. His voice can be heard in the background of the recording.

According to him, people staying at the hotel began calling in noise complaints to the front desk with reports of loud screaming coming from the 2nd floor–particularly room #209. There is no known history to the room according to our investigation. However, upon further review, we found that over the years, multiple complaints of “strange noises” were reported to be coming from the room. This is the only known recording of it.

Note: Pay close attention as John walks into the room.

No matter what you believe, that was fareeky! Of course there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical and it seems the submitter takes offense to those who doubt the veracity of the incident.

Note to comments:
It’s funny how people think this video is edited/fake. The audio is a mix down between the security camera audio and a separate recording from inside the office (which is specifically there to record in case of robbery to the hotel). People will always come to there own conclusions why a video is fake (like cameras pointed at the door). What they don’t realized is that there are about 80 cameras in the hallways around the hotel, all pointing at doors and hallways.

Not to go along with the skeptics on this, but Xavier and I have discussed this tactic in the past. Specifically over the past 3 years there has been a spike in the number of reports involving haunted hotels, ghosts in bars and spectre’s in restaurants. Quite often, after a quick search or two, we could find that many of these suddenly haunted service outlets had fallen on hard times and of course having financial trouble.

On this video, my first tip off was obvious with the blatant use of all caps when naming the establishment. Notice there is nothing else in caps accept that name. Then I thought, hey, I’ll do a search for Wingate Hotels and see what I can come up with.

Results of my very first search had the following as number 2 on the search engine list:

complete FAIL for a business traveler – Review of Wingate by …

www.tripadvisor.com/…Wingate_by_Wyndham_Tupelo-Tupelo… Cached
(180 Reviews) – 186 Stone Creek Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804
Wingate by Wyndham Tupelo: complete FAIL for a business traveler – See 180 traveler reviews, 30 candid photos, and great deals for Tupelo, MS, at TripAdvisor.

As I ventured further into the reviews, I found this on Wingate Hotels in Illinois from tripadvisor:

“Paper thin walls!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 17 August 2013

This hotel sucks, it has paper thin walls and I got 2 noise complaints AND the neighbor banging on the wall, and all I was doing was talking softly with my girlfriend. The actual hotel is fine, good area too, but the paper thin walls are a deal breaker. Do NOT stay here! Id never stay here again!

“The hotels staff was not friendly. Upon entering the…”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 23 July 2013

The hotels staff was not friendly. Upon entering the receptionist was answering phone calls while I was in the middle of asking questions about checking in. The floor we stayed on smelled so musty and of cigarette smoke. Our room was not very clean with water marks on tables and dirty walls. The shower was also broken and had a rod sticking out of the drain. When we woke up for breakfast all of the food was gone on the line. The lady working was very busy but managed to get us what we wanted from thre back. At checkout we had to wait for awhile for someone to actually come to the front desk. Overall not a good experience and will not be staying again.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends

To be fair, there was an overall positive rating on every link I opened. However, in my opinion, there were entirely too many complaints for a mid to upper range hotel such as Wingate. As they don’t name which Illinois Wingate it is, I couldn’t find specific references to any of the locations having financial trouble, although a dip in business is enough to prompt a stunt like this to take advantage of the recent resurgence in the paranormal. Of course I am by no means saying Wingate would resort to such shady dealings.

Now, I could stop there, but, I won’t. Why, because there are too many red flags. For one, why does John need a flashlight? Not to mention ignoring orders to wait for police. What if some whackjob murdered John? Then he’d not only be dead, but he’d lose his security gig. Getting back to the light situation, not once does he turn on the room lights even upon allegedly hearing or seeing the shower running. Then, upon exiting the room, he leaves the door wide open! Hello! John, what kind of security is that?

I could go on, but the biggest flag of all came to light after doing a little extra detective work. Apparently youtuber Jimmynut22 used to tag many of his uploads as “film and animation”, but has since altered that habit. Hmm, is Jimmy fibbing to us? Maybe John is actually Jimmy or one of his pals utilizing a night job in hotel security to make a ghost video.

The entity in the hallway was a nice touch though and based on the response, Jimmy got plenty of exposure and I’m sure he’s counting his youtube revenue right now. Hey, more power to him!

Sometimes it turns out that you don’t really care if a video is real or not as long as you’re entertained. This one seems to fit that category.

Thanks to Mulder’s World, Tripadvisor and Jimmynut22 for providing content for this article.

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  • TenchCoxe

    I see nothing in that video that comes remotely close to valid evidence in support of the conclusion that this is “real.” To say “I believe it’s real” because “it seemed real” is simply to accept it at face value.

    It’s so ridiculously easy these days to create these types of videos with off-the-shelf video editing software.

    As for me, it’s not a matter of whether I choose to “believe in” ghosts or the supernatural; it’s whether there is sufficient scientifically valid evidence to support the proposition. And there clearly is not.

    Where is the photographic evidence of the claim that the room was all torn up?

    I have no reason to believe that this is even actual hotel security camera footage, let alone that it’s from the hotel it claims to be from.

    As far as I can tell, it’s a cute video that someone made, in order to creep people out and create some buzz on the internet, and nothing more.

  • Cindy

    I read many of the comments and wonder why no one is asking why the ghost can turn on a shower but not open a door? And I think ghosts can go through walls. I believe in ghosts from my own personal experience. But that is just another question I wanted to add.

  • disqus_TfNievNKqx

    Pretty good analysis/debunk here https://www.facebook.com/IAmKennyBiddle/posts/595841540479212 (The uploader is a film director with digital editing experience)

  • HAWK33

    I think we have all .. ok most of us have grown up now and know there are no such thing as ghosts… so please why is this fake ass bs video even a topic?

  • Brian Keith

    You people can’t see? It’s real .. seen it before. Not called ghost but called spirits. You believe in Heaven and Hell? Also in Angels and Demons? Then say there is no such thing as ghost.

    I believe they are among us. You just don’t open your eyes enough to see them. Although you feel them. That all of sudden cold chill? Or weird feeling someone is standing behind you? Just because you can’t see anything. Doesn’t mean it’s not there? You don’t see God but we know he’s there because we feel him. Yet you also feel spirits (GHOST) but are more eager to say … There’s no such thing.

    Just because you don’t believe?


    Look under the bed, In your closet And in your head.

  • So because you have seen this video more than once means it is real?

    Actually if you can’t see something, unless you have any other reason to believe it is there, it is not.

    No, you take the stance that everyone believes in your god, and nothing could be further from the truth. two thirds of the world does not agree that your god exists, and even among those who DO believe there is little to no agreement on the nature of that god, the actual entity represented by the name, or how he acts, or wants his subjects to act.

    There is not need to make anything that does not exist, go away.

  • Because it is relevant to the topics we discuss here.

  • If they walk through walls, why don’t they fall through the floor?

  • Miss Liberty

    It’s still fun to watch

  • Nagib Mrsd

    It is not simply just about fishing for evidence that might debunk it. It is also trying analyze the behavioral and reactive patterns of the security guy and on the guy on the mike, if the video shows any signs of video editing as well as studying the screaming. Should be a good idea to gather some data.