A ghost that haunts an Oklahoma City hotel actually made Lakers’ Guard Lou Williams seek different accommodations?
The Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City is as first-class and posh as any of its Oklahoma City competitors, even earning top billing as one of Oklahoma City’s top rated hotels and a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor, reports Road Warrior Voices.
But along with the Skirvin’s legendary amenities and other top of the line services, other legendary and spooky ghost encounters also point toward a ghost of other worldly proportions (and transparency) lurking within the century-old rooms and corridors of the oldest hotel in Oklahoma City: A ghost named Effie.
Haunting lore of the Oklahoma City hotel says Effie was an early 1900s housekeeper at the Skirvin who unfortunately got into an affair with the hotel owner, W.B. Skirvin. The affair got Effie pregnant and Skirvin, apparently not much of a gentleman, locked Effie the maid inside a room on the 10th floor of the hotel.
Effie ultimately had the resulting baby and Skirvin, delight that he was, continued keeping her and the infant locked in the 10th floor room. Soon thereafter Effie went crazy and jumped out the window with her baby in her arms, leaving behind the ghost, or ghosts, that haunt the Oklahoma City hotel today.
Even better for Oklahoma City teams, like the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, Effie the ghost not only haunts visiting players with slamming doors and messing with their gear, but also apparently doesn’t allow them a ghost of a chance to beat a home Oklahoma City team. In fact, the active ghost is believed to be behind some major upsets in the ghost of basketball’s past, including the notoriously inexplicable and unbelievable Louisville women’s win in the regional semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament.
But the most recent NBA player to make like a ghost and disappear from the Oklahoma City haunted Skirvin Hotel is NBA guard and Los Angeles Laker Lou Williams.
Williams is an excellent example of what the Oklahoma City Thunder love so much about Effie the ghost, the fact that she actually affects opposing players enough that players like Williams are disturbed to a point that they seek lodgings away from Effie the ghost while hopefully taking with them the ghost’s tap for a loss.
But before you go laughing at Williams, you’d need to take a few steps in his high tops down the ghostly corridors of the Skirvin.
Interviewed on Open Gym, Williams declared, “Hell yeah, I believe in ghosts!”
The Lakers’ Williams was a Toronto Raptor at the time, and when the team visited Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder, the star point guard got his first wake-up call from Effie the ghost.
Along with slamming doors and other eerie happenings, the ghost messed with his practice gear, somehow transporting it through his locked hotel room door and leaving it nicely inside the room instead of the standard outside-the-door hallway delivery.
What happened to Williams, now a Laker, during his most recent stay at Effie the ghost’s digs isn’t clear. But he reportedly checked out of the Skirvin Hotel before the Lakers took on the Oklahoma City Thunder last Saturday night, after the Lakers had stayed there Friday night, perhaps because of another visit from Effie or to avoid the ghost altogether.
And again, before thinking Williams’ ghost encounters are as ridiculous as a Lakers’ win, he’s not the only one that has experienced Effie the ghost.
A 2010 stay in the Oklahoma City Skirvin Hilton Hotel left both Jared Jeffries and Eddie Curry of the New York Knicks at the time sleepless and terrified, backing Williams’ ghost experiences with their own ghost tales delivered to the New York Daily News.
“The place is haunted. It’s scary,” said Jeffries, among other things.
Well-traveled sportswriter Bill Simmons also faced a bizarre night at the Skirvin, becoming easily as terrified of a possible ghost as Williams, with dreams also compounding his experience at the Oklahoma City hotel.
“I swear on Tom Brady’s ACLs that the following happened: At first, I heard a baby crying and realized that was why I woke up. I thought it was one of my own kids before remembering that my kids weren’t babies anymore, then remembering that I was in Oklahoma City and not Los Angeles. Suddenly, it dawned on me that I wasn’t alone. I had an overpowering sensation that someone else was in the room. Until you’ve experienced that feeling, you can’t understand what it’s like.”
So if you’re ever planning a stay in Oklahoma City and enjoy the potential for some ghost interaction, the Skirvin is the place for you!
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