Ghost Adventures Season 7 Episode 8 Brookdale Lodge

Ghost Adventures Season 7 Episode 8 Brookdale Lodge

Ghost Adventures Season 7 Episode 8 Brookdale Lodge

Ghost Adventures Season 7 Episode 8 Brookdale Lodge
November 9, 2012

Photo Courtesy of The Travel Channel

Photo Courtesy of The Travel Channel


Brookdale Lodge
11570 Highway 9
Brookdale, CA 95007

The things that I type up for the Ghost Adventure episodes are things that I look up simply to fulfill my own curiosity as I watch the show.  I look up murders, people that lived in the house, I always pause to read the letters, newspapers, etc. that the show pops up on the screen.  I figure, I can’t be the only one that does this so maybe me doing this will save some folks the leg work.

I’ve posted about this episode before.  I used to focus on the show itself.  Since I now focus on the history, I’m doing it again.  However, if you want to read my first post, from 2012, you can do this by clicking here.

This episode aired in November, 2012.  At the beginning of the show they said that the hotel is “shut down”.  In an article from the Santa Cruz Sentinel, dated July 22, 2014, the Brookdale Lodge had new owners.

on Tuesday, local hoteliers Pravin and Naina Patel announced they have purchased the iconic property, which includes the Bavarian-style Brook Room — which has a creek running through down the center of the dining hall — an indoor pool and rumors of a haunting.

“It’s almost like it was meant to be and it happened,” said Previn Patel, who owns three other local hotels and had previously expressed interest in the Brookdale Lodge. “I’ve spoken to so many people who have memories of the lodge. I want to bring that same memory back at a higher level. I want to take it back to its glory.”

The hotel has been closed since it was repossessed by the State Bank of India California. The Patels — who paid $2.75 million for the property — have been working with Supervisor Bruce McPherson’s office on the project, and Patel said he knows he has a long road to bring the property back.

Patel said he plans to start meeting with county officials immediately to clear up some of the building code problems. He plans to preserve the historic character of the building, some of which was lost under the former owner.

It was renamed Brookdale Inn & Spa.  Their website is still up and running.  However, when I called to confirm whether or not they were still open, I found the number has been disconnected.  Their last Tweet (@brookdalelodge) is from December, 2010.

There’s a great, and very detailed, explanation about spirits being associated with running water on this link.

There is no documentation of there ever being a drowning at the lodge or of James Logan having a niece named Sarah.  He had 2 nieces, as far as I can tell.  Their names were Josie Logan and Cora Lee.  Thinking maybe the story had gotten muddled over the years, I searched his daughter.  Her name was Gladys Logan.  I’m not confirming that these events never happened.   I’m just saying that, in my research, I can’t find any concrete information to verify.

In an article from the Santa Cruz Sentinel dated December 31, 2013:

In August 2009, a massive fire destroyed part of a two-story suite of apartments used by lodge employees. Deemed suspicious, the investigation was turned over to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

No arson charges have ever been brought. However, the lead investigator in the bank fraud case is an ATF agent who specializes in suspicious fires. It is unclear whether the investigation continues, and the ATF did not immediately comment for this story.

You read the entire article by clicking here.

The place almost seems cursed with bad luck:

The lodge and Kakkar also have been frequent targets of civil suits by the county and alleged debtors, including former employees. Kakkar also faced a wrongful death suit over the 2009 death of 35-year-old Robin Carlson, who fell into a construction hole.

In addition, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board would have to reinstate a discharge permit yanked last year. After a toxic spill into the creek that runs through the lodge’s Brook Room killed dozens of fish, Kakkar began installing an upgraded water treatment system.

However, it doesn’t appear the project was completed. After several years of Kakkar failing to file compliance reports, the board yanked his discharge permit.

Kakkar also ran into trouble with the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District over asbestos discharges.


Ghost Adventures Season 10 Episode 10 Lemp Mansion & Brewery

Ghost Adventures Season 10 Episode 10 Lemp Mansion & Brewery

Ghost Adventures Season 10 Episode 10 Lemp Mansion & Brewery

Ghost Adventures Season 10 Episode 10 Lemp Mansion & Brewery
October 11, 2014

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Lemp Mansion & Brewery
3322 Demenil Place
St. Louis, MO 63118

The things that I type up for the Ghost Adventure episodes are things that I look up simply to fulfill my own curiosity as I watch the show.  I look up murders, people that lived in the house, I always pause to read the letters, newspapers, etc. that the show pops up on the screen.  I figure, I can’t be the only one that does this so maybe me doing this will save some folks the leg work.

There’s a interesting e-book (free, the best kind) on the Lemp’s on this page.

According to the Lemp Mansion website:

America’s First Lager Beer Brewers
When John Adam Lemp arrived in St. Louis from Eschwege, Germany in 1838, he seemed no different from the thousands of other immigrants who poured into the Gateway to the West during the first half of the 19th century. Lemp originally sought his fortune as a grocer. But his store was unique for its ability to supply an item sold by none of his competitors – lager beer. Lemp had learned the art of brewing the effervescent beverage under the tutelage of his father in Eschwege, and the natural cave system under St. Louis provided the perfect temperature for aging beer. Lemp soon realized that the future of lager beer in America was as golden as the brew itself, and in 1840 he abandoned the grocery business to build a modest brewery at 112 S. Second Street. A St. Louis industry was born. The brewery enjoyed marvelous success and John Adam Lemp died a millionaire.

William J. Lemp succeeded his father as the head of the brewery and he soon built it into an industrial giant. In 1864 a new plant was erected at Cherokee Street and Carondolet Avenue. The size of the brewery grew with the demand for its product and it soon covered five city blocks.

In 1870 Lemp was by far the largest brewery in St. Louis and the Lemp family symbolized the city’s wealth and power. Lemp beer controlled the lion’s share of the St. Louis market, a position it held until Prohibition. In 1892 the brewery was incorporated as the William J. Lemp Brewing Co. In 1897 two of the brewing industry’s titans toasted each other when William Lemp’s daughter, Hilda, married Gustav Pabst of the noted Milwaukee brewing family.

The site, in regard to the mansion states:

The Mansion
The Lemp Mansion was built in the early 1860’s and was subsequently purchased by William J. Lemp as a residence and auxiliary brewery office. Although it was already an impressive structure, Lemp used his massive brewery fortune to turn the thirty-three room house into a Victorian showplace.

The radiator system was installed in 1884, five years after radiant heat was patented. The grand staircase was removed to accommodate an open-air lift that ran the gamut of the house. The decorative iron gates in the basement restaurant are all that remain of the elevator. In 1904 the house was completely renovated. To the left of the main entrance is the former brewery office, where William Jr. committed suicide. The decorative mantle is Italian marble.

To the right is the parlor, with its hand-painted ceiling and intricately carved mantles of African mahogany. Behind the parlor is an atrium where the Lemps kept exotic plants and birds. The main bathroom is dominated by a unique glass-enclosed, free-standing shower that Lemp discovered in an Italian hotel and brought back to St. Louis for his personal use. Other unusual fixtures in the room are a barber chair and a sink with glass legs. At the rear of the house are three massive vaults that the Lemps built to store great quantities of art objects. The Lemps were such avid art collectors that they could not display all of their acquisitions. Each vault is fifteen feet wide, twenty-five feet deep, and thirteen feet high.

The bedrooms were on the second floor. The main bathroom has a white granite shower stall and a marble and cast-iron mantle. The servants’ quarters were located on the third floor, which boasts cedar walk-in closets, a skylight and an observation deck. The mansion does not have a ballroom in the traditional sense because the Lemps built an auditorium, ballroom and swimming pool in a natural underground cavern that could be reached from a now-sealed tunnel in the basement. Another tunnel led from the house to the brewery.

The wine and beer cellars, laundry and kitchen were located in the basement. The huge kitchen that once served the elite of St. Louis society has been completely modernized and now serves the honored guest of the historic Lemp Mansion Restaurant.

Zak tells us that in 1980 Life Magazine named called the Lemp Mansion one of the most haunted places in America.  I can’t find a copy of the magazine online but, don’t worry, I’ve ordered the magazine and will update this post, with photos of the article, once it’s received.

Here are a few articles I did find about the family.

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According to the newspaper St. Louis Today and the Benton Park’s website:

Cherokee Cave, in South St. Louis, was first discovered by brewer Adam Lemp, of the family famous for its suicides and haunted mansion. In 1945, a pharmaceutical manufacturer bought the property above part of the cave that had an entrance on Cherokee Street at South Broadway. He built a museum building that served as an entrance to the cave. While in the process of digging a passageway, workers unearthed the bones of an extinct peccary (wild boar), dating back hundreds of thousands of years. Also discovered were the bones of an extinct armadillo that was much larger than the common Texas armadillo. These bones were displayed at the museum, which opened in 1950. The cave was connected to the part that contained the old Lemp Mansion underground swimming pool and theater. The cave never became a big attraction and closed around 1960.

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St. Louis Cave Tour


I typically don’t comment on the actual episode but just post more historical information and other little tidbits.  But I’m going to chime in here because I think it in most episodes…I think Zak is rude to Aaron (who is a mega super nice guy).  And he tends to send Aaron in places that he is obviously too afraid to venture on his own “I have to watch” is the reason he gave for sending Aaron into a room that he just ran out of himself.  I can’t blame the guy, I mean, I wouldn’t stay in there either but don’t make somebody do something you aren’t willing to do and be an ass about it in the process.  Come on, Zak.  And freaking be nice to Aaron!  Why doesn’t Aaron get “Go Host” status?  🙁

As I continue to watch this episode, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an episode where all 3 guys seem more on edge, worried, concerned, nervous.  It must be a very uncomfortable place to be for all 3 of them to react this way.  I love seeing them be human and not big tough guys.  Honestly, it makes it all seem more believable.  Not saying they fake anything it just makes it…I don’t know, real.


Nick Groff Leaves Ghost Adventures

Nick Groff Leaves Ghost Adventures

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Nick Groff Leaves Ghost Adventures
Long story short, Nick has left Ghost Adventures to for his own show, Ghost Stalkers, where he is an Executive Producer.  This program is on Destination America.

The show features:

  • Chad Lindberg
  • John E.L. Tenney
  • David M. Rountree
  • Lisa Kovanda

Nick made the announcement by telling his fans:

Thank you everyone for your support through the years! I’m writing to say that I will no longer be a part of Ghost Adventures on Travel Channel. I am honored to have helped build an amazing paranormal phenomena that has touched people’s lives all around the world. I am continuing to research and investigate all things paranormal as I start the journey through the next stage of my Life. Much respect and love to all my GAC and Ghost Adventures fans. See you all soon.

IMDB describes the show:
Investigators of the strange, John E.L. Tenney and Chad Lindberg, explore the world’s most allegedly haunted locations in search of the truth regarding the nature of existence and if there are worlds beyond our reality.

All of the episodes aired in 2014.  They can be viewed by streaming on Amazon.  As of the time of this post, they cost $2.99, per episode, to view in high def and $1.99 per episode to view in standard def.

  1. Whispers Estate
    October 19, 2014

    Reports of violent hauntings and non-human entities drive John and Chad to investigate a possible portal at the Whispers Estate in Mitchell, Indiana. The closer they get to the truth, the more they find themselves in the house’s crosshairs.
  2. Springfield State Hospital
    October 26, 2014
    Rumors of forgotten souls and their role in a town’s haunting lead John and Chad to search for a doorway to another world at one of America’s most dreaded asylums: Springfield State Hospital.
  3. Old Taylor Memorial Hospital
    November 2, 2014
    John and Chad revisit their own near death experiences while investigating a vortex at The Old Taylor Memorial Hospital in Hawkinsville, Georgia, culminating their investigation with an unparalleled discovery.
  4. Holmesberg Prison
    November 9, 2014
    Reports of an oppressive paranormal energy charged by nearly a century of rioting, assault, and murder lead John and Chad to Philadelphia’s Holmesburg Prison. This supernatural portal hunt turns personal as John comes face to face with his own hell.
  5. Wheatlands Plantation
    November 13, 2014
    Reports of vengeful spirits, oppressive paranormal energy, and a sordid history including war, death, slavery, and murder, drive John and Chad to the historic Wheatlands Plantation. Could Wheatland’s dark history have created a portal?
  6. Farrar School
    November 20, 2014
    News of violent hauntings, evil entities, and child spirits has John and Chad searching for a portal at the Farrar Schoolhouse. John and Chad put themselves directly in harm’s way to find out how this building could be so violently guarded.

You can view clips on the Destination America website by clicking here.