Garden Plaza

The Garden Plaza Hotel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is said to be haunted by the ghosts of two teenage girls who were murdered there.

Garden Plaza Hotel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Two teenage girls named Jenny and Tanya were traveling home after visiting Tanya’s grandmother. They decided to stop over for a few days in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and reserved a room in the Garden Plaza Hotel, which at that time was known as The Sunspree Resort Holiday Inn.

After booking into room 413 and dropping off their bags, the girls spent the day shopping. That night, Jenny and Tanya were in the mood for some fun, so they got dressed up and went to a downtown nightclub. After dancing for a while, the girls went to get a drink and a man who was sitting at the bar started a conversation with them. At the end of the night, when the nightclub was closing, the girls invited him back to their hotel room.

They sat on the beds and chatted for a while, but Tanya soon grew bored. She got up to use the bathroom, leaving Jenny and the man talking in the room. When Tanya flushed the toilet and opened the door, she was horrified to discover that the man had strangled her friend to death.

Quick as a flash, she evaded his clutches and fled out the door. Tanya ran down the hallway, beating on the doors and screaming for help. The man rushed after her. Tanya managed to get to the stairs. The murderer was hot on her heels. Unfortunately, in her haste she made a fatal mistake. She ran upstairs instead of downstairs.

The terrified girl was desperate to escape. Almost out of breath, Tanya reached the top of the stairs. There was a door that led to the roof. She grabbed the handle. It was locked. She turned around, but it was too late. The man was upon her, his evil hands tightening around her throat.

The next morning, a guest in the hotel was returning to his room when he spotted Tanya’s dead body lying at the top of the stairs. He raised the alarm and the police were called. Soon afterwards, a hotel maid, who was cleaning rooms, stumbled upon Jenny’s corpse, sprawled on the floor of room 413.

The scariest thing about this story is that it’s true. The girls’ names were Jenny Stevens (aged 17) and Tanya Roberts (aged 16). They died on July 29, 1980 .The killer’s name is Allan Wayne Hughes. He was convicted of murder and has spent over 30 years in prison.

Ever since the night the girls were murdered, Room 413 in the Garden Plaza Hotel has remained vacant. Guests and employees at the Garden Plaza have reported unusual things happening on the 4th floor. At night, the unmistakable sounds of running footsteps echo through the hallway and the stairwell when nobody is there. Visitors hear shrieks, screams and banging coming from Room 413, even though it s unoccupied. Whenever the hotel maids are cleaning the bathroom in room 413, they often hear strange noises coming from inside the room.

Comments

  1. Horrorlover0666 says

    Why is it every hotel or motel is haunted me and my girl go there to relax not hear spirits begging for help at 2am

  2. LivefromtheTARDIS says

    @vikindian lucky you if your girlfriend looks like them those girls are pretty. :) @lunara EXACTLY, poor girls…

  3. Lunara says

    NEVER EVER invite a stranger to your hotel room. If the guy is actually comfortable with joining a strange woman in a hotel room, he’s pretty likely to be either a murderer or a rapist.

  4. imgianna says

    Ooooohhh.. Mmyyyyy.. Guuuuuusshhh.. R.I.P. July 29.. COMING SOON!! #DeathAnniversary follow me on twitter @HanaBomi ! Thanks!!

  5. That_Kid_Ali says

    So, on my 14th birthday, it will be the 32(?) anniversary that they died. e.e

  6. That_Kid_Ali says

    OHHHH MYYYY GOOODDDD!!!! I’m freaking out!!! They died on my birthday!! Not the year though… This happened exactly 18 years before I was born… Still creepy that it happened then…

  7. sonickungfu says

    jesus,ive drove past that place when i was going on holiday and i saw a light and it looked like a ghost!it looked like it was screaming at me!*shivers*

  8. Dead Girl XXx says

    @killerkat101 if i was the maid i would be dead before i know it lawl xD

  9. XxScaryRudyxX says

    My mom worked at a haunted place before she heard high heels come up the steps the she saw the sliding open and close but know one was there

  10. xXPhantomFangWolfXx says

    Yeah. This is true. I looked up the name of the murderer, it really happened.

  11. Evil_Smile says

    Hi guys, I posted 2 stories, one is a funny one in the comments of clown statue and the other one is in the comments of tell me your story.
    The first one is called the curse of the amazon queen and the other one is who’s there? by evil_smile

    Thanks,
    Amanda.

  12. MySuperAwesomeUserName says

    @griffin88 I agree with you, the whole “First” thing is so annoying. Wasn’t a half-bad story though, it sounds like it could happen in real life, which makes it kind of creepy… This story is what Stranger Danger videos are all about! XD

  13. B-Lovely says

    @Horror Head – they could have all been asleep, It was late at night, after all. Either that or they thought she was pranking them lol.

  14. Horror Head says

    What I don’t get is where was everyone when Tanya was running and screaming and banging on the doors, surely people would have heard her…

  15. killerkat101 says

    Second :) I wouldn’t want to be the maid cleaning in the room and find a strangled person dead on the floor.

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