Some of Spooky Things Online’s most popular posts have been regarding the TV show “Celebrity Ghost Stories.”
We liked the show lot, which ran from 2009 to 2014, not because of the celebrity aspect alone, but because the show featured four quick-hitting and to-the-point ghost stories in one hour. And they were done in a very compelling manner.
Erik Estrada is most famous for his role as officer Frank “Ponch” Poncherello in the popular TV show “Chips,” which ran from 1977-83. If you look at Estrada’s IMDB page, he has had quite a career in addition to “Chips.”
Regarding his Celebrity Ghost Story, Estrada tells he was on location in the South of France, February 1996. He was filming a travelogue show called “American Adventures” when in the course of it he was thrown hard from a horse. Staying at a magnificent hotel, La Réserve de Beaulieu & Spa that was built in 1880, that night Estrada was in excruciating pain, as though he could not breathe. He called a doctor and upon examination, was told he might have a broken rib.
Estrada was very distraught about not being able to complete the next day’s filming, given the amount of discomfort he was in.
Enter Our Ghost
That night in his hotel room, as he was writhing in pain, Erik open his eyes to see the figure of woman, dressed in white with a half-cap/bonnet like thing on her head, standing at the window gazing out. Estrada saw her and was naturally confused, then his pain started again and in an instance, before he realized it, she was standing over him. She looked down at him and then touched his right side, where the pain was with one hand while covering his eyes with the other.
Then she spoke, saying “Don’t worry, you’re going to be fine.”
Estrada, scared and shocked, somehow managed to drift off to sleep. In the morning, most of his severe injury had miraculously healed.
Sister Marguerite On Duty
Estrada went down to breakfast that morning and learned from the hostess the hotel was used for hospital stays by wounded soldiers during World War II, and the St. Augustine Monastery just down the road would send their nuns to care for the soldiers. The hostess proceeded to show Estrada pictures of the nuns from that time period. Suddenly Estrada saw a photo of the woman he saw in his room! The hostess identified the woman as one “Sister Marguerite” and told Estrada other guests who have stayed at the hotel and were ill or hurt, had encountered the good sister on her paranormal nursing shifts.
Now, if you look at one of our earliest posts, Got A Good Ghost Story?, we lay out our criteria for one.
Quoting, well, myself: “A typical example of (ghost stories) that are open to question involves people awaking from sleep when their ghostly encounter occurs. It naturally makes me wonder if they’re still not in a dream state when they see their apparitions… understand, I’m not discounting anybody’s story – just pointing out the obvious other possibilities.”
So, why you must surely ask, are we contradicting ourselves? Well, first off, it’s my blog so I can do whatever I like (Ok, that’s not true, it’s your blog too. I was just going for a laugh line).
Ok, let’s start again, first off, Estrada’s ghost story goes far beyond just seeing an apparition. He had an injury, diagnosed by a doctor, and then it miraculously healed in the morning after the ghostly apparition’s mere touch (and no bill). Second, the hostess confirmed Sister Marguerite had been seen before. This is what we term in the parlance of the trade as corroboration.
Watch It For Yourself:
Ok, enough build up. You can watch Erik Estrada’s Celebrity Ghost Story and let us know what you think about this post. Here’s is the compelling video of Erik Estrada’s Celebrity Ghost Story
Epilogue: Celebrity Airport Encounter
I should also add, I had a recent Erik Estrada encounter before I ran into his Celebrity Ghost story. It was at the Seattle airport in 2017, the day before Halloween. My girlfriend Marni and I were heading back to Los Angeles when she and I noticed Erik in line near us for the flight we were all taking.
Thinking quickly, I immediately dropped a “My Name Is Earl” reference on Erik, which for those of you who don’t know, was a terrific television show. Estrada played himself in a couple of episodes, hosting a game show called “Estrada or Nada,” where you could challenge him to any category of knowledge you choose. Into Roman poetry between 2500 and 2000 B.C.? No problem, Estrada or Nada! Oh, you think you know more than Erik does about the atmospheric composition of Neptune? No problem. Bring it on, Erik’s fictional alter ego was seemingly saying.
Erik was a good sport and offered to take a picture with me and Marni. I only found out about his Celebrity Ghost Story sometime later, or I would have asked him about it.
Or maybe said, “Estrada or Nada? Ghostly encounters?”