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The Shilo Inns Resort (Formerly a Dunes Resort hotel) is currently a public business located in Salt Lake City, UT.
Salt Lake City
Open to the Public
Open to Investigations
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One of the most infamous incidents involves a mother staying on the 11th floor of hotel with her seven children (ages 5 to 15) days after her husband committed suicide. Her husband, who was reportedly a cult leader calling himself Immanuel David, was under investigation by the FBI when he drove up a canyon near Salt Lake City and ran a hose from his tailpipe into his truck window. Accounts of the heart-rending incident report the woman, distraught over the death of their father, threw her children one-by-one from the balcony before flinging herself to the Salt Lake City street below. Other reports claim the mother made the oldest daughter toss her siblings over. Some say she coaxed her children to jump to their death.
A child or children are said to haunt the hotel, particularly the 11th floor and the pool area, and the disembodied laughter of a woman is sometimes heard. Most of the stories indicate the children are playful, rather than malevolent, but one story has it that a female hotel guest was found drowned in the pool with unidentified, child-sized wet footprints around her. On Aug. 3, 1978, Rachel David threw her seven children off an 11th-floor balcony at what was then the International Dunes Inn, then jumped to her own death. Only one of the David children survived. Motel staff claim manifestations of a murderous mother and her children haunt the unoccupied 13th floor that holds the boiler and machinery. The ghosts playfully unscrew light bulbs and move equipment and tools when staff is out of the area. Others Salt Lake City visitors have witnessed the game area’s pinball machine played by a young unseen female presence who laughs at the flashing lights and bouncing ball. The haunting laughter of the mother can be heard near the exit and upper parking lot.
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