We can tell you with complete certainity that it is not. The effect captured on the surveillance video is quite typical of a insect moving across the lens of the camera. The officer even says that he "saw" a fly or moth. Then he noticed the legs. This is what insects look like when they are close to the lens, out of focus and illuminated by infrared light.
This same effect has caught the attention of the media before and has always been proven not to be paranormal. Yet somehow, they all manage to go viral.
The ghost of the Plaza hotel starts out as two unusual (but explainable) incidents that occur to two women in room 316 and room 310. As time passes myth building begins to distort the accounts and the focus of the “haunting” becomes centered on Room 310.
With the introduction of paranormal reality TV shows in 2004 the myth building increases and is propagated by the hotel employees, the media, several ghost hunting teams and by the appearance in several books.
The phenomenon identified as being paranormal in nature was investigated and found to have more likely explanations. As such, there is not a probable rationality to believe that this location is haunted by the ghost of Byron T. Mills or any other person. The case of the building having paranormal activity is not sufficient enough to cast a benefit of a doubt or to meet the burden of proof required.
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After reading several comments about this myth on YouTube, I decided to write a little bit about this particular “ghost” since I was one of the narrators in the video and SGHA was the original entity that investigated and researched this story.
There are several important pieces of information that hit the editing room floor. First of all, both Bob and I explicitly stated that the story is nothing more than a myth. In fact, we tried to talk the Travel Channel out of filming that location and choosing another because of this.
While there is evidence that a man was attacked with a garden hoe behind the Springer barn and that it was a domestic dispute, there is no evidence of a murder taking place there. So the story eventually became a distorted myth. After Lizzy Borden did her thing, the garden hoe was turned into a hatchet. Honeymoon row used to be near this area so it became a folktale that men would tell their sweethearts. Its not haunted. It never was.
From further historical research we now know that the family names presented in the video are incorrect. The Armijo’s were a prominent family and if the myth were true there would have been something recorded in the media sources at the time. There is nothing except for a blurb about the garden hoe assault.
It is also important to note that there are allot of Hatchet Ladies out there. It is a popular myth!
Last night Ecto Radio did a show on the Valverde battlefield using audio clips from our 2005 trip there with 94 Rock. The audio is supplemented with photos of the battlefield and the trip itself. Hard to believe that its been six years since we recorded the original audio.