Smells From The Hotel Bed
Urban Legend: A
couple check into a remote hotel and smell a strange, rotting smell coming from the bed.
After complaining to the desk clerk, they discover that a dead body has been stashed in
the box springs. Unfortunately, this tale has true roots.
Most of these stories take place at a Las Vegas, Nevada hotel either in
the city or in the desert in a remote location. They have been around since the early
1990s. There have been cases like this actually happen around the country. Under the bed
or in the pedestal for a matters makes a great quick hiding place for a dead body
that needs to be stashed out of the way. In each case, it wasn't until the smell brought
attention to the body, that it was discovered.
On June10th, 1999, the rapidly
decomposing body of a 64-year-old man was discovered inside the bed in Room
112 at the Burgundy Motor Inn in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A German couple on
vacation had spent the night sleeping over the man's remains and had put up with a rank
smell all night. It was their complaint to the manager about the smell which led to the
discovery of the corpse.
In July of 1996, a woman's body was found under a
mattress in the Colorado Boulevard Travelodge in Pasadena, CA. The motel's staff
discovered her ten days after her death after a guest had complained for several days of a
foul odor coming from that room.
In Virginia in 1989, a man, disposed of the remains of his two
murder victims this way: the first was a 27-year-old woman, who was discovered in May
under the floor of a motel room on Route 1, the second was a 29-year-old
woman, who turned up in June under a bed in the Alexandria Econo Lodge. In the first case,
the killer first kept her body partially hidden under his bed for two days, then
subsequently placed it in the crawl space under the carpeted floor. Her presence seemingly
didn't bother him, because he didn't move out of that room until three or four weeks
later. Both girls' bodies were eventually found after other guests complained about the
In Mineola, New York, motel in 1988, a body turned up in a box
spring. The remains of a 29-year-old woman were found at the Oceanside Motel. Again, the
body was discovered days later and only after other patrons complained about the smell. At
least two other guests unknowingly cohabited with the body before it was found, and at
least one guest refused to stay in that room because of the smell.
This legend was used in the 1995 Quentin
Tarantino film "Four Rooms"