Episode 191:

Live at the Arvest Bank Theatre in Kansas City

The Meeks Family Murder

Karen

The Hotel President Haunting

Georgia

Episode 191: Live at the Arvest Bank Theatre in Kansas City

Karen and Georgia cover the Meeks Family Murder and the Hotel President haunting.

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The Meeks Family Murder

The Meeks Family Murder Notes:

Header Image Source: Photo by Marcelo Leal on Unsplash

Other Image Sources: 

Portrait of Nellie Meeks from MurderByGaslight.com

Portrait of Gus and Delora Meeks from MurderByGaslight.com

The Taylor Brothers photo from MurderByGaslight.com

William Taylors Hanging from MurderByGaslight.com

The Meeks Family Gravestone from MurderByGaslight.com

"The morning of May 11, 1894, 6-year-old Nellie Meeks knocked on the door of Mrs. John Carter in Linn County, Missouri. Mrs. Carter was shocked by the little girl’s appearance; her clothes were torn, her face was covered with dirt and blood and she had a deep gash in her forehead. Her speech was barely coherent as she told Mrs. Carter that her parents and younger sisters had been murdered the night before. She had managed to escape because the killers thought she was dead.  When her story was verified it became one of the most sensational crimes in Missouri history..."

— Source: Murder By Gaslight

The Hotel President Haunting

The Hotel President Haunting Notes:

Header Image Source: Photo by Marten Bjork on Unsplash

Other Image Sources: 

Exterior Photo fo Hotel President from FindAGrave.com

Sketch of Roland T. Owen from Kansas City Public Library via HistoricMysteries.com

Room 1048 looking into room 1046 from CoolInterestingStuff.com

Newspaper posting regarding Roland T. Owen's Murder from Kansas City Public Library via HistoricMysteries.com

Photo of Artemus W. Ogletree from FindAGrave.com

"The Hotel President, formerly the President Hotel, is a historic hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. It is now operated as the Hilton President Kansas City by Jury Hotel Group of Overland Park Kansas.

The President Hotel was built and completed in 1926 by Niagara Falls businessman Frank A. Dudley and operated by the United Hotels Company.[2] The hotel was built in a construction boom that also saw the erection of the nearby Mainstreet Theater, Midland Theatre, and Kansas City Power and Light Building.

The hotel closed its doors in 1980. It later underwent a $45.5 million restoration by developer Ron Jury and reopened in 2005 as the Hilton President Kansas City. The hotel is managed by Jury Hotel Group of Overland Park, Kansas. The hotel’s General Manager is Philip Strnad.

Additional renovations were completed in 2017. These renovations included all guest rooms and meeting rooms. The acclaimed Presidential Suite, and Reagan suites were renovated in 2019.

The President Hotel is the only hotel located in the Power and Light District. Additionally, the President has been awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating for 11 years running..."

— Source: Hotel President Wikipedia