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… Reality was (almost) better than the rumors at the Brookdale Lodge? BY MELISSA DUGE SPIERS
LITTLE GIRL DIED in the Brook Room and haunts the lodge, giggling and running through the hallways or mournfully searching for her mother. When they weren’t torturing victims in underground passages or the infamous “meat locker,” mobsters sat around the Mermaid Room bar peering through the aquarium glass to select from a bevy of call girls swimming naked in the bi-level pool. The teetotaler owner grabbed unsuspecting patrons’ drinks, smelled them for booze, and tossed forbidden alcoholic beverages into the creek. No, actually the creek was poisoned with chemicals by disreputable employees and all the fish died. Wait … was that before or after President Herbert Hoover would fish in the creek and ask for his catch to be dished up at his table? And when exactly was it all destroyed by an arson fire?
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