Mercedes is a friend who often shares Ghost Stories of various Seattle locations. One of the best she ever shared with me involves a building that still stands at 1st Ave and Virginia in downtown Seattle (1921 1st Ave ). It is actually the backside of Kell's Irish Pub on Post Alley (Pike Place Market area) . Many business owners have tried to find longevity at this location only to find a family of ghost’s who have other ideas. Kell’s also deals with their share of spirits that have settled on their side of the structure.
This was home to the Butterworth Mortuary for years. This was also where a woman long ago (early 1900’s ) would bring deceased bodies in on a regular basis. The woman was a nurse in Seattle who tried to convince ill patients that the best cure of any illness was a procedure of starvation. When the patient was close to death she would find ways to gain power of attorney and gain ownership of assets and fortunes.
The mortuary was excused of any wrong doing but she was convicted and became Washington State’s first serial killer. After some 20 years she was released and later in her years she was to prove to all that she could be cured of an illness using her own procedure. She died of starvation.
There have been five different restaurants set up at this prime Downtown. Each of them in time would leave because of “active paranormal activity” of what they all shared as many incidents and sightings of these “starving ghosts”.
When you drive by this building today is still shows the original entrance of the mortuary with the steps and original stone arch. The purple curtains also cover the windows. Below is the actually story from my friend Mercedes. firstname.lastname@example.org (my dining room where I share such Halloween Haunts each year)