The Haunted Tale of Maurice Begere

Candy and costumes are top of mind this time of year, but Halloween means one more thing: ghost stories. As we ponder what to wear (while snacking on candy corn) we can’t help but think of one of our most haunted happenings at Hotel Monteleone. Turn down the lights and read by the glow of your screen – this is the story of Maurice Begere, a child who tragically died in our hotel… and who still haunts it to this day. The ghost of Maurice appeared to his mother one night years later. He told her, “Mommy, don’t cry. I’m fine.” During the late 1800s, the wealthy Begere family stayed at the Hotel Monteleone often. Jacques and his wife Josephine loved attending the French Opera House on Bourbon Street, but the lengthy operas were no place for their young son, Maurice. Entrusted in a nanny’s care, Maurice – who was just a toddler at the time – developed a fever one evening while his parents were at the opera. Although he received care, it was not enough. Maurice had a convulsion and died in his room. The grief his parents felt upon their return is hard to comprehend. Josephine Begere could not bear to leave her son behind. She and Jacques returned to the hotel year in and year out in hopes that the spirit of Maurice might visit them. Eventually, he did. On the fourteenth floor (which is really the thirteenth floor), Maurice appeared to his mother near the room where he died. In a striped shirt typical for children of that era, Maurice told his mother, “Mommy, don’t...