The white woman of the Carlton.

In Palmerston North’s old Carlton Hotel, late at night on July 23, 1998, a cleaner named “Jazz” Hayes, working late, heard a woman screaming upstairs.

He telephoned the police, but nothing was found. Later (as Hays told the late city archivist Ian Matheson) he saw a ‘’white-clad woman and child in the hotel lift’’, but they “faded away”.

The Carlton has since been completely renovated, extended and renamed, is now known as the luxurious Distinction Hotel & Conference Centre. From what we hear, nothing overly spooky has occurred in the hotel in a long time. If there are stories, they certainly aren’t being shared.

Perhaps the previous spectral residents have finally moved on?

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