Fatty Walsh and the Biltmore Hotel

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The Gangster, Fatty Walsh, died as he lived, by the gun, as he was fatally shot over a gambling dispute at The Biltmore Hotel on March 7th, 1929.

It was on the 13th floor of the lavish Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, where Thomas “Fatty” Walsh, a former bodyguard of the late Arnold “The Big Bankroll” Rothstein, and Arthur L. Clark, the alleged member of the Jack “Legs” Diamond gang, spent the evening gambling and boozing alongside other gamblers, gangsters, and showgirls.

It was just another night of illegal fun and games in the illicit 13th-floor gambling den and speakeasy, the floor frequented by underworld high-rollers. Just another night, that is, until words were exchanged and gunshots rang out.

Attendees scattered as law enforcement rushed in to find two men in a pool of blood, one dead, the other wounded.

There were several suspects to the murder, but the dead man, Fatty Walsh, couldn’t talk, and the wounded Arthur Clark refused to talk, as did the other speakeasy patrons. Ultimately the police came up with a primary person of interest, the man who operated the gambling suite where the murder occurred — Eddie Wilson.

During World War II, the Biltmore was transformed into a Veterans Hospital and remained so until 1968.

After a 55 million dollar renovation, the Biltmore opened back up as a hotel, but when it did, it opened back up with some forever guests that had already checked in, or maybe it would be better to say, they never checked out.

Over the years, there have been countless reports of paranormal activity within the walls of the Biltmore: Elevators that rise to the 13th floor without being called, sightings of people in hospital gowns walking the rooms. A phantom man’s voice has been heard flirting with women in the elevators, with some women even reporting that the phantom touched them inappropriately. A woman dressed in white has been seen and heard weeping uncontrollably, and there have even been reports of ghostly dancers making appearances in the ballroom.

Now that is what I call a happening hotel – Spooky

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