And that's just suicides. Several studies point to every conceivable type of unnatural deaths occurring in hotels and motels way more frequently than elsewhere. People are away from their families and support system, or out of town, or both. You get a higher rate of people smoking, using drugs, and/or going through some kind of mental breakdown. Guests can be killed by everything from gun murders to even, as Cillian once witnessed, "A guy with throat cancer had his throat rupture while he was in the hotel, and he bled out on the floor."
If nothing else, we're pretty sure these places are all haunted by now.
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This Is Why Hotel Employees Are Always Stumbling Upon Corpses
Unless you work the Overlook Hotel winter shift, we wouldn't assume staffing the front desk included frequent brushes with death and horrific mutilation (but more on that in a moment). But if you ask Daniel Stransky, you'd be horribly wrong. "I've had employees discover bodies in rooms they were about to clean, and I've personally worked during multiple jumpings. We even had a woman die falling down the laundry chute."
And as shitty as death is for, you know, the people dying, it's immensely horrifying for employees. "I'd just recently helped a woman check in who wanted a room on the highest possible floor and on the front of the building," says Stransky, and you already can guess where this is going. "I'd assigned her something about halfway up, but she came back while I was on break and switched to a few floors shy of the top. Suddenly I heard a loud thud, almost like a car had hit a wall, and felt the area around me shake."