Jim Norton appeared on Celebrity Ghost Stories in 2013 and told a story about spending the night in a haunted hotel room in Las Vegas. Jim Norton is best known as a stand-up comedian and a regular on the Opie and Jim radio show.
I used to tour with Andrew Dice Clay. I was his opening act and when we worked in Las Vegas, we got a contract to appear at the Stardust Hotel.
It was the night of the first show and Andrew was there with his bodyguards, Kenny and Happy Face. He told me he wasn’t going to stay in the suite they had given him and asked if I wanted it. As the opening act, you never get to stay in a suite… ever. So I was like, “Yeah, of course I want it!”
It was on the 9th floor and the entire floor was vacant. It was just me and a floor full of empty hotel rooms. As I walked down the hallway, I got a creepy feeling. It felt like I was being watched.
I didn’t want to admit to myself that I was frightened, but since I knew no one else was going to be coming into the suite that night, I put the latch on the door.
I had never stayed in a suite before. It was the biggest hotel room I had ever been in. I was thrilled. There was a massive living room with a fireplace, a bedroom and a billiard room with a full pool table.
I went into the billiard room to play pool and took the balls out of the pockets. I put them in the rack, but then I felt stupid playing pool by myself, so I left the balls there, racked on the table.
I went back to the bedroom, locked the door behind me and went to sleep. A few hours later, I was awakened by a loud Clack! It was the sound of one pool ball hitting another pool ball. I could hear the balls going Clack! Clack! Clack! Clack!
When I went out into the hallway, I saw the door was still latched. There was no way anyone else could have gotten into the suite. I could still hear the sound of the pool balls and I was creeped out.
As I walked towards the billiard room, I could hear odd voices. I opened the door and walked into the room, but there was nobody there. The pool balls were all over the table. It looked like somebody had been playing pool. I felt like I was in a nightmare.
All of a sudden, I heard a raspy voice saying, “I’m dry. My mouth is dry.”
When I looked towards the window, I saw the reflection of a man’s face. It was just an awful, ugly face. It looked like he was being tortured. It was a reflection of something that was happening in the room, but there was nothing happening in the room.
At that point, I was as scared as I’ve ever been of anything in my entire life. Every instinct that I had was telling me, “Just go! Get out! Something is very, very wrong.”
I was so frightened, I just walked quietly out of the suite and went down to the casino. When I found Kenny and Happy Face I told them what had happened.
They came back upstairs with me and we walked into the room. The vibe of the room was different. Whatever had been there wasn’t there anymore. I packed up my bags, went downstairs and stayed the night in the room I was originally supposed to stay in.
The next night, I was talking to one of the ushers. When I told him I had stayed in the suite, he said, “Oh they got you in the Edgar Suite.”
He told me that when the mafia ran Las Vegas, there had been a murder in that suite. A man named Edgar had been tortured and strangled to death in that very room. It was just something that everybody who worked in the hotel knew.
When I heard that, I was so creeped out. Even though I worked at the Stardust for another couple of years, I never went back to that suite.
The Stardust closed down in 2006 and was demolished a year later. The experience showed me that there is something that exists that is beyond anything I wanted to acknowledge and it changed the way I saw things.