Starting from 1927, there have been 16 “unexplained deaths” including suicides and murders.
The first death to be recorded was of Percy Ormond Cook, who committed suicide by putting a gun to his head after he failed to reconcile with his wife and child. In 1932, 25-year-old Benjamin Dodich committed suicide in the same way.
A heart-wrenching and unfortunate incident that occurred in 1944 was when Dorothy Purcell, left her boyfriend, Levine, in the hotel room they were sharing, to go to the bathroom. She was not aware that she was pregnant, but suddenly went into labor and gave birth to a baby boy. Since she thought the baby was dead, she threw him out of the window. The baby landed on an adjacent building’s roof. Though she was charged with murder, she was found not guilty because she was insane and “mentally confused” at the time of the incident, according to three psychiatrists.
Another incident that occurred on October 12, 1962, was when 27-year-old Pauline Otton argued with her estranged husband, Dewey. As soon as Dewey left the room, in her frustration, Otton jumped out of the window, landing on George Gianinni, a pedestrian, 90 feet below. They both died instantly and it looked as though they both jumped out of the window and committed suicide together. But since Gianinni was still wearing shoes and his hands were in his pockets, it was determined he was actually a pedestrian.
Of the 16 deaths, the most recent one was a 28-year-old man, who is unidentified. He was found outside the hotel and is suspected to have committed suicide by jumping. The cause of his death has not been determined.