Sunday, July 20, 2014

Old Bexar County Jail (Downtown San Antonio)

"Presumably, we will never see a commercial in which someone, when asked if they are a ghosthunter who spent the night in a haunted jail, replies with 'No, but I did stay at Holiday Inn Express last night!' On the other hand, it would be quite reasonable for someone to answer that question in the affirmative if they had just spent the night in the Holiday Inn Express Riverwalk Area, which is located in what had been the Bexar County Jail for nearly a century. 

... One of the most common phenomenon is rooms that remain unnaturally cold, even during the summer or if the heat is turned on. Other activity includes beds that are indented as if someone is laying on them, but then abruptly have the indentations disappear; people hearing whispering in their rooms that stops when the lights are turned on; objects being pulled out of people's hands and thrown across the room; and the breakfast area being rearranged and disheveled during the night. Most horrifying among the things people have reported, however, are in the rooms where the gallows were once located, where people claim to have seen apparitions fall through the ceiling as if just hanged!" 

That is a preview of my chapter on the old Bexar County Jail for Ghosthunting San Antonio, Austin, and Texas Hill Country! People can become inmates for the night at the former detention facility, which is now a hotel in the heart of downtown San Antonio. 

Above left: Allison Schiess of Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours talks about the Old Bexar County Jail from the parking lot of Penner's, an iconic San Antonio clothier. Above right: Brutal murderer Apolinar Clemente, who lived in the jail for a year-and-a-half before dying there at the end of a rope. 


  1. I've stayed at this HIE for 4 nights now and we haven't experienced anything. It's actually been very peaceful. However, I did turn on a ghost hunting app that I have and these are the words that have come up: steel, slip, abort, grow, inside, which, bush, cousin, road, wrong, binding, Sierra, mourning, you, ask him,odor, human, building, hey, either,drank, and wings. I wonder if any of these words make sense according to the history you know about this place?

  2. I used to work there and the girls that I worked with would always tell me about a ghost named Clemente on the third floor either shutting the door on you while you were in the room and the door was propped open. Or he would take your cart and move it down the hallways. Among other pranks. I didn't believe it until he did it to me.