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The Adventures of Riley Longhill: Ghost Hunter!

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The Adventures of Riley Longhill: Ghost Hunter!

The Adventures of Riley Longhill: Ghost Hunter!

Michele PW (Pariza Wacek)

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Riley Longhill is done following the rules. She quit her job, left her on-again, off-again ex-boyfriend, packed up her belongings and has hit the road with her dog Geist. Together they're exploring real-life ghost stories across America. Check out her latest adventure right here. (Riley is the fictional alter ego of Michele PW.)

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Ep 1: Meet the Ghost Hunters

I'm Riley Longhill, and my dog Geist and I are ghost hunters. Okay, okay, I confess. I'm new to this ghost-hunting business. You see, my mother died last year, and her death really brought home how truly short life is. A few months after her death, I took a good, hard look at my life, and was appalled at what I saw. A job I hated. An on-again, off-again relationship (currently OFF and staying that way). A tiny apartment. And a black-and-white mutt of a dog I named Geist, which means “ghost” in German (it's pronounced GUYst). Why did I name my dog Geist? Because I always had a secret passion for ghost hunting … traveling the country and visiting haunted places to investigate whether they truly ARE haunted. But, I always told myself how silly that was. You can't make any money being a ghost hunter, right? I needed to go do something practical, like work in an advertising agency. So that’s precisely what I did. It paid the bills. (Sort of. If you didn't count the growing balance on...

8 MIN2018 JUN 9
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Ep 1: Meet the Ghost Hunters

Ep 2: Ghost Hunters in Hassayampa Inn, Prescott, Arizona

Our first stop as ghost hunters was the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, Arizona. According to local legend, in 1927, Faith was the much younger, new bride of an older gentleman, and they chose the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, Arizona to honeymoon. Faith's husband went out to buy cigarettes and never returned. After a few days of wailing and teeth gnashing and hair pulling and garment rending and other acceptable forms of grieving for women back then, Faith lost faith, and hung herself in the honeymoon suite. Apparently, people have reported seeing her body from the street. Guests and staff have also claimed to have seen Faith’s ghost (crying at the end of the bed, dressed in a pink gown in the hallway, disappearing into rooms), along with other unexplained incidents (lights going on and off, and cold spots). You know, all the “normal” haunting-related things. [caption id="attachment_486" align="alignleft" width="225"] Think that's where Faith's body was seen from the street?[/caption]...

7 MIN2018 JUN 9
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Ep 2: Ghost Hunters in Hassayampa Inn, Prescott, Arizona

Ep 3: What's In a Ghost Hunting Kit Anyway?

Time for one last check of my new-and-improved ghost hunting kit before heading out for a night of ghost hunting. In addition to the notebook and pen from before, I’ve added a flashlight, camera, tape recorder, bottled water, almonds, and a bag of M&Ms to my ghost hunting kit. I then shoved in three bottles of iced, salted-caramel mocha coffee. Actually, four bottles would make more sense; that should last me eight hours if I drank one every two hours. I stuck in one more. Wait, maybe some Reese's peanut butter cups, too. Peanut butter is good for you, right? It has protein. Plus, the sugar would help keep me awake. You know, with all that sugar, I probably would crave something salty. I had the almonds and salted mocha, but maybe a bag of sour cream and onion potato chips wouldn't be a bad idea, either. I took another look at all the food I was taking in my ghost hunting kit and had second thoughts. Did I really need all that junk food? I was trying to lose the 10 pounds I gained ...

9 MIN2018 JUN 22
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Ep 3: What's In a Ghost Hunting Kit Anyway?

The Adventures of Riley: Ghost Hunter! Ep 4: Meeting Faith

My phone rang as I was sitting in the maid's closet at the Hassayampa Inn.I jumped, spilling my iced salted caramel mocha latte all over me. It was Craig, my on-again, off-again EX-boyfriend. I grabbed at the phone, spilling more coffee all over myself, trying to silence it before the entire hallway of guests came out of their rooms to see what the commotion was all about. "What do you want?" I hissed into phone, as I unsuccessfully tried to mop up the coffee. Napkins, I told myself. I definitely needed to add napkins to the ghost- hunting kit. Oh, but wait. I was in a broom closet, after all. Maybe I could find something. "That's hardly friendly," Craig said reproachfully. "I don't have to be friendly. We aren't dating anymore. Remember?" "Why are you whispering?" he asked. "What's going on? Are you with someone?" I managed to find an old rag that looked somewhat clean and used it to scrub at my clothes. "What part of ‘not dating’ did you not understand?" "So, you ARE with someon...

8 MIN2018 JUL 1
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The Adventures of Riley: Ghost Hunter! Ep 4: Meeting Faith

Ep 5: Did I Really Just See a Real Ghost?

Did I reallyjust see an actual, genuine real ghost?! Did I just catch a glimpse of Faith, the resident real ghost of the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, Arizona? With shaking hands, I pawed through my ghost-hunting kit to find my notes. Yes, there it was. Faith wore a pink a dress. Faith carried flowers. Oh my God. I just saw a real ghost. I had to get out of here. I shoved everything back into my ghost-hunting kit as fast as I could before tripping over the mop and falling in a heap outside of the broom closet. "What the …? Are you okay?" Oh God. Did Faith talk too? I let out a little scream before I realized it was the cute guy from downstairs. He was staring at me with something like horror on his face. "Did you see her?" I asked frantically. Now he looked confused andhorrified. "See who? Did you just fall out of the broom closet?" "Never mind that. I'm talking about Faith." "Faith who?" "Faith, the ghost! The real ghost!" His eyes widened. "You saw Faith?" "Pink dress, flowers and ...

10 MIN2018 JUL 6
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Ep 5: Did I Really Just See a Real Ghost?

Ep 6: Ghost Hunting Adventure Continues: Hotel Vendome

I admit it, my last ghost hunting adventure at the Hassayampa Inn had … mixed results. On one hand, I saw my first ghost! Yay me! On the other hand … I wasn't sure I could actually, you know, post about it without getting in trouble. Well, never fear. Today was a brand new day. A brand new start to my ghost hunting adventure! And, what better place to get that fresh start but the Hotel Vendome in Prescott, Arizona. According to local legend, Abby and her husband moved to Prescott because Abby was sick with TB. While it appears they were living in the hotel, it's also a little unclear why that was. The most popular story claims they were the original owners of the hotel, which was built in 1917, but ended up losing it and the new owners kept them on as managers. However, according to folks who have actually researched old deeds, there's no proof they ever owned the hotel. Which, of course, doesn't mean they weren't the managers, just that they never owned it. Other stories said the...

10 MIN2018 AUG 17
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Ep 6: Ghost Hunting Adventure Continues: Hotel Vendome

Ep 7: Ghost Sightings, True Hauntings, Real Ghost Stories and More

To start my research on all the ghost sightings of Abby, the ghost at Hotel Vendome (along with her cat, Noble, who is also part of the real ghost stories and true hauntings lore), I decided to check out the local Sharlot Hall Museum, which is dedicated to preserving Prescott's rich Western history. Prescott is actually an old mining town, over a hundred years old. (Which explains why it's the site of so many ghost sightings and real ghost stories.) It was even the first capital of Arizona. Doc Holiday apparently spent some time here gambling (and killing a few folks!) before joining Wyatt Earp in Tombstone (He was likely in Prescott for the same reason as Abby as they both had TB). Big Nose Kate (Doc's girlfriend) also apparently worked here for a short time as a prostitute. I'm unclear if that was before or after Doc's death, and how much Doc had to do with her decision to work a prostitute, but if it was before and if he did have something to do with it, might Big Nose Kate's gho...

10 MIN2018 AUG 31
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Ep 7: Ghost Sightings, True Hauntings, Real Ghost Stories and More

Ep 8: Riley Gets Ready for Room 16 in the Hotel Vendome

As I packed for my big night in Abby's room, Room 16 in the Hotel Vendome, I couldn't stop thinking about my conversation with Hal. Was I doing this ghost hunting thing all wrong? I didn't have any of the equipment he talked about—my ghost-hunting kit consisted of a notebook, a flashlight, and a camera. Well, all that and food. Because you might get hungry waiting for a ghost to show up. And caffeine. Because how else do you stay awake in the middle of the night? But, maybe it was time to kick it up a notch. Become more professional. After all, other famous ghost hunters probably had all that technical equipment Hal mentioned, so maybe that's what I needed to do: invest in some high-tech gadgets. The problem was, I didn't know where to start. Was there a store somewhere that stocked this kind of stuff? Would they show me how to use everything? There probably wasn't time for Amazon to ship it all to me in time for tonight's ghost hunt. Maybe the Internet could help. But, a couple of...

12 MIN2018 SEP 15
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Ep 8: Riley Gets Ready for Room 16 in the Hotel Vendome

Ep 9: What's That Scratching Noise Outside the Door?

I knew something was off the moment I stepped back into my room, Room 16, Abby's room. At first, I couldn't pinpoint exactly what it was. Did it feel different? Look different? Smell different? I did a careful scan. What was I missing? The bedspread was still smooth and untouched. My ghost hunting kit was on the floor. My overnight bag was next to the closet … Wait a minute. My ghost hunting kit was on the chair when I left. Not on the floor. Or … was it? Now I wasn't sure. I thought back to all the things I did when I first walked into the hotel room. Yes, I was sure I put my ghost hunting kit on the chair because I wanted to get my compass out. And … Hold on. Where was my compass? Oh God. I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. My compass was gone. I was SURE I left it on the table. I had been trying to figure out the whole north business, and I set it down when I left the room. Although, now that I thought about it, couldn't I have just looked at the compas...

11 MIN2018 SEP 28
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Ep 9: What's That Scratching Noise Outside the Door?

Ep 10: Wait a Minute. That Scratching Noise Is Coming from the Closet!

I froze, Craig's words echoing in my head. Maybe your compass is acting like that because there's a ghost in your room. The phone crackled. "Riley?" Craig's voice floated out. "Are you there?" I licked my suddenly dry lip as I desperately searched the room. Everything appeared to be normal. Except for my compass. Which was still weirdly pointed to the west no matter which way I turned it. "Riley?" Craig said again. "I'm here," I said, forcing the words out of my numb mouth. "I can't see …" There it was again. Screech. The scratching noise. I gasped and scrambled backwards., knocking the chair over in the process. It was coming from the closet! "Riley, what is going on?" Craig demanded, his voice growing louder. "Craig, it's coming from the closet," I said as quietly as I could. "What's coming from the closet?" "The noise! The scratching noise." "There's something in your closet?" I backed up a couple more steps. "I think so." "Riley," Craig sounded panicked. "You need to get out of...

10 MIN2018 OCT 12
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Ep 10: Wait a Minute. That Scratching Noise Is Coming from the Closet!

Latest Episodes

Ep 1: Meet the Ghost Hunters

I'm Riley Longhill, and my dog Geist and I are ghost hunters. Okay, okay, I confess. I'm new to this ghost-hunting business. You see, my mother died last year, and her death really brought home how truly short life is. A few months after her death, I took a good, hard look at my life, and was appalled at what I saw. A job I hated. An on-again, off-again relationship (currently OFF and staying that way). A tiny apartment. And a black-and-white mutt of a dog I named Geist, which means “ghost” in German (it's pronounced GUYst). Why did I name my dog Geist? Because I always had a secret passion for ghost hunting … traveling the country and visiting haunted places to investigate whether they truly ARE haunted. But, I always told myself how silly that was. You can't make any money being a ghost hunter, right? I needed to go do something practical, like work in an advertising agency. So that’s precisely what I did. It paid the bills. (Sort of. If you didn't count the growing balance on...

8 MIN2018 JUN 9
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Ep 1: Meet the Ghost Hunters

Ep 2: Ghost Hunters in Hassayampa Inn, Prescott, Arizona

Our first stop as ghost hunters was the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, Arizona. According to local legend, in 1927, Faith was the much younger, new bride of an older gentleman, and they chose the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, Arizona to honeymoon. Faith's husband went out to buy cigarettes and never returned. After a few days of wailing and teeth gnashing and hair pulling and garment rending and other acceptable forms of grieving for women back then, Faith lost faith, and hung herself in the honeymoon suite. Apparently, people have reported seeing her body from the street. Guests and staff have also claimed to have seen Faith’s ghost (crying at the end of the bed, dressed in a pink gown in the hallway, disappearing into rooms), along with other unexplained incidents (lights going on and off, and cold spots). You know, all the “normal” haunting-related things. [caption id="attachment_486" align="alignleft" width="225"] Think that's where Faith's body was seen from the street?[/caption]...

7 MIN2018 JUN 9
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Ep 2: Ghost Hunters in Hassayampa Inn, Prescott, Arizona

Ep 3: What's In a Ghost Hunting Kit Anyway?

Time for one last check of my new-and-improved ghost hunting kit before heading out for a night of ghost hunting. In addition to the notebook and pen from before, I’ve added a flashlight, camera, tape recorder, bottled water, almonds, and a bag of M&Ms to my ghost hunting kit. I then shoved in three bottles of iced, salted-caramel mocha coffee. Actually, four bottles would make more sense; that should last me eight hours if I drank one every two hours. I stuck in one more. Wait, maybe some Reese's peanut butter cups, too. Peanut butter is good for you, right? It has protein. Plus, the sugar would help keep me awake. You know, with all that sugar, I probably would crave something salty. I had the almonds and salted mocha, but maybe a bag of sour cream and onion potato chips wouldn't be a bad idea, either. I took another look at all the food I was taking in my ghost hunting kit and had second thoughts. Did I really need all that junk food? I was trying to lose the 10 pounds I gained ...

9 MIN2018 JUN 22
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Ep 3: What's In a Ghost Hunting Kit Anyway?

The Adventures of Riley: Ghost Hunter! Ep 4: Meeting Faith

My phone rang as I was sitting in the maid's closet at the Hassayampa Inn.I jumped, spilling my iced salted caramel mocha latte all over me. It was Craig, my on-again, off-again EX-boyfriend. I grabbed at the phone, spilling more coffee all over myself, trying to silence it before the entire hallway of guests came out of their rooms to see what the commotion was all about. "What do you want?" I hissed into phone, as I unsuccessfully tried to mop up the coffee. Napkins, I told myself. I definitely needed to add napkins to the ghost- hunting kit. Oh, but wait. I was in a broom closet, after all. Maybe I could find something. "That's hardly friendly," Craig said reproachfully. "I don't have to be friendly. We aren't dating anymore. Remember?" "Why are you whispering?" he asked. "What's going on? Are you with someone?" I managed to find an old rag that looked somewhat clean and used it to scrub at my clothes. "What part of ‘not dating’ did you not understand?" "So, you ARE with someon...

8 MIN2018 JUL 1
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The Adventures of Riley: Ghost Hunter! Ep 4: Meeting Faith

Ep 5: Did I Really Just See a Real Ghost?

Did I reallyjust see an actual, genuine real ghost?! Did I just catch a glimpse of Faith, the resident real ghost of the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, Arizona? With shaking hands, I pawed through my ghost-hunting kit to find my notes. Yes, there it was. Faith wore a pink a dress. Faith carried flowers. Oh my God. I just saw a real ghost. I had to get out of here. I shoved everything back into my ghost-hunting kit as fast as I could before tripping over the mop and falling in a heap outside of the broom closet. "What the …? Are you okay?" Oh God. Did Faith talk too? I let out a little scream before I realized it was the cute guy from downstairs. He was staring at me with something like horror on his face. "Did you see her?" I asked frantically. Now he looked confused andhorrified. "See who? Did you just fall out of the broom closet?" "Never mind that. I'm talking about Faith." "Faith who?" "Faith, the ghost! The real ghost!" His eyes widened. "You saw Faith?" "Pink dress, flowers and ...

10 MIN2018 JUL 6
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Ep 5: Did I Really Just See a Real Ghost?

Ep 6: Ghost Hunting Adventure Continues: Hotel Vendome

I admit it, my last ghost hunting adventure at the Hassayampa Inn had … mixed results. On one hand, I saw my first ghost! Yay me! On the other hand … I wasn't sure I could actually, you know, post about it without getting in trouble. Well, never fear. Today was a brand new day. A brand new start to my ghost hunting adventure! And, what better place to get that fresh start but the Hotel Vendome in Prescott, Arizona. According to local legend, Abby and her husband moved to Prescott because Abby was sick with TB. While it appears they were living in the hotel, it's also a little unclear why that was. The most popular story claims they were the original owners of the hotel, which was built in 1917, but ended up losing it and the new owners kept them on as managers. However, according to folks who have actually researched old deeds, there's no proof they ever owned the hotel. Which, of course, doesn't mean they weren't the managers, just that they never owned it. Other stories said the...

10 MIN2018 AUG 17
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Ep 6: Ghost Hunting Adventure Continues: Hotel Vendome

Ep 7: Ghost Sightings, True Hauntings, Real Ghost Stories and More

To start my research on all the ghost sightings of Abby, the ghost at Hotel Vendome (along with her cat, Noble, who is also part of the real ghost stories and true hauntings lore), I decided to check out the local Sharlot Hall Museum, which is dedicated to preserving Prescott's rich Western history. Prescott is actually an old mining town, over a hundred years old. (Which explains why it's the site of so many ghost sightings and real ghost stories.) It was even the first capital of Arizona. Doc Holiday apparently spent some time here gambling (and killing a few folks!) before joining Wyatt Earp in Tombstone (He was likely in Prescott for the same reason as Abby as they both had TB). Big Nose Kate (Doc's girlfriend) also apparently worked here for a short time as a prostitute. I'm unclear if that was before or after Doc's death, and how much Doc had to do with her decision to work a prostitute, but if it was before and if he did have something to do with it, might Big Nose Kate's gho...

10 MIN2018 AUG 31
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Ep 7: Ghost Sightings, True Hauntings, Real Ghost Stories and More

Ep 8: Riley Gets Ready for Room 16 in the Hotel Vendome

As I packed for my big night in Abby's room, Room 16 in the Hotel Vendome, I couldn't stop thinking about my conversation with Hal. Was I doing this ghost hunting thing all wrong? I didn't have any of the equipment he talked about—my ghost-hunting kit consisted of a notebook, a flashlight, and a camera. Well, all that and food. Because you might get hungry waiting for a ghost to show up. And caffeine. Because how else do you stay awake in the middle of the night? But, maybe it was time to kick it up a notch. Become more professional. After all, other famous ghost hunters probably had all that technical equipment Hal mentioned, so maybe that's what I needed to do: invest in some high-tech gadgets. The problem was, I didn't know where to start. Was there a store somewhere that stocked this kind of stuff? Would they show me how to use everything? There probably wasn't time for Amazon to ship it all to me in time for tonight's ghost hunt. Maybe the Internet could help. But, a couple of...

12 MIN2018 SEP 15
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Ep 8: Riley Gets Ready for Room 16 in the Hotel Vendome

Ep 9: What's That Scratching Noise Outside the Door?

I knew something was off the moment I stepped back into my room, Room 16, Abby's room. At first, I couldn't pinpoint exactly what it was. Did it feel different? Look different? Smell different? I did a careful scan. What was I missing? The bedspread was still smooth and untouched. My ghost hunting kit was on the floor. My overnight bag was next to the closet … Wait a minute. My ghost hunting kit was on the chair when I left. Not on the floor. Or … was it? Now I wasn't sure. I thought back to all the things I did when I first walked into the hotel room. Yes, I was sure I put my ghost hunting kit on the chair because I wanted to get my compass out. And … Hold on. Where was my compass? Oh God. I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. My compass was gone. I was SURE I left it on the table. I had been trying to figure out the whole north business, and I set it down when I left the room. Although, now that I thought about it, couldn't I have just looked at the compas...

11 MIN2018 SEP 28
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Ep 9: What's That Scratching Noise Outside the Door?

Ep 10: Wait a Minute. That Scratching Noise Is Coming from the Closet!

I froze, Craig's words echoing in my head. Maybe your compass is acting like that because there's a ghost in your room. The phone crackled. "Riley?" Craig's voice floated out. "Are you there?" I licked my suddenly dry lip as I desperately searched the room. Everything appeared to be normal. Except for my compass. Which was still weirdly pointed to the west no matter which way I turned it. "Riley?" Craig said again. "I'm here," I said, forcing the words out of my numb mouth. "I can't see …" There it was again. Screech. The scratching noise. I gasped and scrambled backwards., knocking the chair over in the process. It was coming from the closet! "Riley, what is going on?" Craig demanded, his voice growing louder. "Craig, it's coming from the closet," I said as quietly as I could. "What's coming from the closet?" "The noise! The scratching noise." "There's something in your closet?" I backed up a couple more steps. "I think so." "Riley," Craig sounded panicked. "You need to get out of...

10 MIN2018 OCT 12
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Ep 10: Wait a Minute. That Scratching Noise Is Coming from the Closet!
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