I have a lot of quirky habits (which will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me). One of them is that I generally won’t knowingly stay at a hotel where I know a violent murder happened. I realize on the surface that eliminates 99% of hotels, though the operative word here is “knowingly.”
I won’t go out of my way to Google the history of a hotel, though if I happen to know that a violent death happened at one, I don’t typically book it. Because if I do, I’ll just be thinking about it during my entire stay. My subconscious mind is weird, eh?
Which brings us to the latest story out of New York, specifically the Hilton Garden Inn Herald Square, where a dead body was found under a mattress early this morning.
Via CBS News:
New York City police are investigating the death of a man found unconscious with a head injury, under a mattress at a hotel blocks from the Empire State Building.
Officers were called to the Hilton Garden Inn on West 35th Street at around 4 a.m. Monday. Police say the unresponsive man had suffered trauma to the back of his head.
He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators and medical examiners are working to determine how he died. Police believe he was in his 30s.
The man was part of a group of people seen entering the hotel earlier, police told WCBS 880. When the others were seen running out of the hotel around 4 a.m., police were called, reports the station.
Authorities said there had been two noise complaints about the room prior to the victim being discovered, according to CBS New York.
A sad story — here’s to hoping they figure out what happened.
Am I the only one who goes out of my way to avoid hotels where I know murders/violent deaths have happened?