Don't shoot!

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Nothing to do with innkeeping, but I want to share what happened to me last night.

We occasionally have a "haunted tour" in our town, and we had one last night at 9 p.m. The tour groups (we had 85 people show up for the tour last night) are led around downtown by a narrator. The tour lasts about 90 minutes. They stop at several "stations" around the downtown area, and at each station a "ghost" will appear and tell the story of how a person died on that site, or some other way the site was tied to a death. So it's more of a town history tour than a ghost tour. For instance, it tells the story of the janitor who lit a match to see by in the dark basement of the theater in 1935, only to discover the hard way that there was a gas leak. Another "ghost" appears at the site of the civil war massacre in front of my old building on the town square, where 8 confederate soldiers, trying to surrender, they say, were mowed down "Yankees" inside the hotel. There are eight of these ghost appearances on the tour.

I play the part of a man who was lynched in our town in 1901 for murdering the town marshal. So at 9 p.m. last night I drove to the site of the lynching, a couple of blocks from the town square, and sat in the dark in my car, listening to the radio and waiting for the crowd of tourists to start down the street toward my station on the tour.

About 9:15 two headlights appeared behind my car, then a spotlight started scanning me. Yes, the police had arrived, and within 15 seconds a second police car arrived. I decided I'd better get out of the car and let them know what I was doing there. At this stage I should point out that I was in my lynched-man costume, with rumpled old clothes, my hair messed up, shirttail halfway out, and a hangman's noose around my neck!!!

I got out of the car with my hands held out and saw three youngsters carefully approaching with their hands on their holsters, ready to draw and fire! I quickly explained that I'm part of the ghost tour, and to please not shoot me because I'd already been lynched on that spot 110 years ago!

The young policemen looked quite disappointed. I could tell they were hoping for some real excitement, considering my appearance, and they seemed a bit embarrassed. One of them just said, "nice car" (I drive a 2002 Jaguar) and they left me in peace. Another exciting night in small town Arkansas.

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Very cool that you participate in the show. Also good for tourism, I would imagine.

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toddburme wrote:

Very cool that you participate in the show. Also good for tourism, I would imagine.

Yep, we do what we can for tourism! Plus, it's a lot of fun.

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