According to an article in the ‘Liverpool Echo‘, published in November 2015, the Merseyside city’s ‘Adelphi Hotel’ was listed as the ‘most haunted hotel in the UK’ – a statement backed up by the well-known Liverpudlian author and paranormal researcher, Tom Slemen. While many witnesses have reported a variety of different shadowy apparitions and odd experiences within the Adelphi, Tom Slemen focuses on four of the most commonly reported experiences. Firstly, there have been reports of a young hotel pageboy named Raymond Brown. In 1961, Raymond’s life was tragically ended at the age of 15 after becoming trapped in a lift, but there have been several reports of his apparition around the hotel, sometimes carrying items of luggage before disappearing. Another tragedy surrounds an alleged suicide victim from the 1930′s, known to Adelphi staff as ‘George’. This gentleman, dressed in a tuxedo and sporting a pencil-thin moustache has been linked with the unusual trait of hanging out of one particular hotel window and shouting down to members of the general public in the street. A third paranormal experience has been listed as a phantom whistler, in one of the hotel lifts; apparently also guilty of breathing down the necks of unsuspecting hotel guests. An eye-witness account may perhaps link in with this whistling phantom, or perhaps also to young Raymond Brown who lost his life within one of the hotel lifts. In 2000, an Australian lady was staying at the Adelphi with her boyfriend and another friend. When they entered the lift to get down to the ground floor bar, all three guests experienced an odd state of detachment, combined with hearing a set of disembodied voices, male and female. When the lift doors opened and they reached the much-welcome bar, requests were made to a member of staff about whether their experience was common. Despite not being shocked by the witnesses, the male member of staff remained tight-lipped on any questioning, although it was clear to the group that he knew something. A couple of years later, the lady returned to the Adelphi by herself and found the member of staff. This time, he was more open and admitted that a lot of staff were spooked by certain members of the hotel, especially the larger suites and some of the lifts, where the apparition of a man had been reported by both staff and guests.
The final common experience related by Tom Slemen, in his book ‘Haunted Liverpool 11‘, is perhaps the oddest, beginning on November 12, 1927 with a well-known, local burglar named Arthur Williams. In the middle of the night, Arthur was returning home and noticed that a window on one side of the Adelphi was open. The loud snoring from just beyond the open window proved too much of a temptation for Arthur, keen to recoup some finances from an unsuccessful poker evening. Scaling the building, Arthur was soon inside the window but froze in surprise as he noticed another thief already in the guest’s room and engaged in rifling through their possessions. As a man in his early 50′s, Arthur was somewhat shocked to discover that the thief who had beaten him to his prizes was a young girl; no more than 17 or 18. Checking that the guest was fast asleep, Arthur balanced on the window and softly hissed at the young girl, demanding to know what she was doing there. The girl ignored him completely, yet something about her appearance struck Arthur as odd…especially her eyes, which seemed to lack any sense of light or animation. Arthur’s surprise was maximised a few seconds later as the girl simply turned and walked straight through a solid hotel wall and disappeared into the wallpaper. That alone would have been enough to cause severe nightmares, yet Arthur’s experience was not over. Later, he told what happened next during his police interview, after being found crawling along a street in a clear state of mental distress and physical pain, after falling from the hotel window and breaking his ankle. According to Arthur, once the ghostly girl had disappeared into the wall he quickly heard an odd sound, like a child giggling. On turning around, he was amazed to see the head of the same girl appear through another wall, directly over the headboard of the unaware, sleeping guest.
While this one incident alone may sound like the delusional ramblings of a drunken bum, Arthur is certainly not alone in admitting to witnessing the same apparition.
In 1954, the legendary American cowboy actor Roy Rogers was staying at the Adelphi with his wife. Being laid up with illness, the couple resigned to staying in bed for a couple of days. However, during one evening, the Hollywood star awoke to find an odd lady rummaging through his possessions. Naturally believing her to be an opportunist thief, Rogers left his bed and challenged the woman, just before she vanished on the spot.
Furthermore, Roy Rogers is not alone when it comes to famous eye-witnesses of this phantom thief. Sir Winston Churchill admitted to seeing her in the middle of the night during a stay at the Adelphi. Also, during the 1940′s, US actor Robert Montgomery woke up to find a young, female thief in his hotel room, blatantly going through his suitcases. Enraged, the actor gave chase through the hotel; a chase that only ended when the young lady he was chasing disappeared through a solid wall.