Paul Papa developed a fascination with the town, and all its wonders, while working for more than 15 years at several Las Vegas casinos. In his role as a security officer, Paul was the person who actually shut and locked the doors of the Sands Hotel and Casino for the final time. He eventually became a hotel investigator for a major strip casino, during which time he developed a love for writing true stories about uncommon events.
Haunted Las Vegas: Famous Phantoms, Creepy Casinos, and Gambling Ghostsby Paul W. Papa
Famous phantoms, strange occurrences, unique places, and the ghoulish faces of Sin CityWhat happens in Vegas stays in Vegas . . . including the ghosts, unexplained phenomena, and other spooky happenings. The strip is much more than bright lights, gambling, wild shows, and quick marriage ceremonies. Haunted Las Vegas reveals the true mysteries of Sin City and brings the old legends to life in a chilling way. The Flamingo: Listed as one of the ten most haunted sites in America by the Wall Street Journal, the Flamingo Hotel is home to the ghost of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. A known gangster, Bugsy is often called the man who invented Las Vegas. Even though he was killed in Hollywood, his ghost reportedly lives at the Flamingo. The Demon Swing: In the dead of the night, many people reportedly see smoke or mist surrounding Fox Ridge Park, home of the boy ghost on the demon swing. It is unknown how his ghost ended up in the park, but beware of this unfriendly boyhe is known to push people off the swings.
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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite "Haunted Las Vegas" by Paul Papa tells of famous phantoms, gambling ghosts and somewhat creepy casinos in the Fremont East district of Las Vegas. Phantoms that frequent the "strip" are the not-so-famous man who "invented" Las Vegas and famous casino owners. Then the reader is treated to visits which have proven "strange" to the non-residents such as casinos with a sordid past and casinos that appear to be cursed. On the Ghost Tour, there are private homes in which ghoulish things occurred and these places are said to be haunted by tortured souls who simply cannot pass to the other side because of anger, resentment or inability to accept their own deaths. The author has researched the stories and those who believe in ghosts will undoubtedly find them credible. However, there is a paucity of any real research about the apparitions to back up the stories. Those who don't already believe will probably not be convinced. I did find the stories and the history of the Las Vegas area a treasure in and of itself. The ghost and haunting stories simply add a bit of "local flavor" to the history. Probably the best known haunted place is the famous Flamingo, the stomping ground to the infamous mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. The story surrounding Bugsy's involvement in the Las Vegas culture is fascinating and probably one which most readers will find an interesting part of the city's history. To be sure, the stories are legends but nevertheless, fascinating to the reader who loves to speculate about life beyond the known.