Cases of ghosts caught on camera are always a source of debate. Believers see them as irrefutable evidence of paranormal activity, while skeptics may scoff at such claims and search for a logical explanation. In the case of the Magnolia Hotel in Seguin, Texas, black mist caught on camera may be evidence of ghosts. The history of the Magnolia Hotel is pretty gruesome, and the murderers and murder victims housed by the hotel may still haunt the hotel today.
The Magnolia Hotel is one of the best known haunted places in Texas. Stories of the haunting of the Magnolia Hotel have been reported for years. Ghost tours frequently visit the building and actual ghosts are said to appear to visitors. The bizarre black mist video, filmed in August 2017, generated a newfound attention in the allegedly haunted hotel. Is the Magnolia Hotel haunted? Read up on the facts and decide for yourself.
A gruesome murder occurred in New Braunfels, Texas, a town near the Magnolia Hotel. Some believe the murderer’s ghosts and victims haunt the grounds.
Pharmacist William Faust had his wife stay with New Braunfels pharmacist Julius Voelcker when Faust was out of town for the weekend. Faust was in love with his wife's sister and in order to be with her, he planned to murder his wife.
Faust encouraged his wife to be a good guest and volunteer to sleep in the trundle bed in Voelcker’s 12-year-old daughter's room. Unfortunately, her daughter, Emma, ended up taking the trundle bed - where Faust had planned on his wife being. When Faust broke in on July 22, 1874, to murder his wife, he ended up murdering Emma instead. While he hit his wife with the ax, he only succeeded in blinding her in one eye, rendering her unable to identify the murderer.
So how did Faust’s spirit end up associated with Magnolia? After the murder, Faust hid out in the hotel to evade capture. He allegedly haunts the hotel today. Visitors have also reported seeing signs of little Emma as well.
On August 5th, 2017, ghost hunters recorded some possible paranormal activity in Magnolia’s Campbell Room. Black mist floats into frame, seemingly out of nowhere. The camera lens is then clouded by white mist. About 10 minutes later, a white vortex appeared in front of the camera lens.
According to Erin Ghedi, one of the owners of the Magnolia Hotel since 2013, an unwed woman in her late teens came to stay at the hotel in the 1800s. The woman was pregnant and was beginning to show. Not wanting to be shamed for being unmarried and with child, the woman attempted to perform an abortion on herself in the infamous Pink Bathroom. Without any medical training or help, the woman bled out, killing herself and the child. Paranormal enthusiasts believe her spirit, along with her unborn child's, may haunt the building to this day.
According to a lot of paranormal folklore, people who died in grizzly fashions are more likely to become ghosts. Faust was actually murdered himself after being apprehended for the murder of Emma Voelcker. In October 1875, he was convicted for the murder of little Emma Voelcker and was placed in the Comal County Jail. Faust also admitted to a few other murders during the trial.
Citizens of the town were outraged by his crimes and tried to lynch Faust at the jail. In the end, Julius Voelcker, Emma's father, ended up murdering Faust by shooting a bullet through his cell window.