Thanks to shows like American Horror Story and Ghost Hunters, fans of the paranormal are coming out of the woodworks in search of the next great scare. Hotel Emma may not be crawling with the spirits of serial killers like they do in American Horror Story: Hotel, but it definitely does have a dark past of its own. Keep reading to discover the truth behind Hotel Emma and its original owner, who found his death at the end of an illicit triangle of pleasure, deceit, and pain.
Our story takes place in the historic Alamo country, in the bustling Pearl District of San Antonio, Texas.
In the middle of this popular tourist destination, is the fine establishment known as Hotel Emma. What was once a 19th-century brewery, Hotel Emma is now a luxurious hotel that has reportedly left many guests with an uneasy feeling in their chest as they lay down to sleep at night.
Otto Koehler, an immigrant from Berlin, Germany, had just settled down in St. Louis, Missouri and was eager to see what he could achieve in America.
Eventually, Otto was able to get a great job as the manager of Lone Star Brewery. Fortunately, he was able to learn everything there was about the brewing business, allowing him to open several different avenues of success. Eventually, he realized that it was time for him to move on to bigger things.
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The year was 1902 and Otto had just received the job opportunity of a lifetime, and he simply couldn’t refuse it.
With the knowledge he received from his experience at Lone Star Brewery, Otto picked up and moved to San Antonio, Texas to take charge of the Pearl Brewing Company. With his experience and determination, Otto was preparing to turn Pearl into one of the biggest breweries in the country.
Nothing could keep Otto back from chasing his dreams, and before long, he was elected as the president of the Brewing Association.
His popularity was on the rise and he was earning the respect of different people from all over the country, but Otto was receiving more than fame. Because of his expertise and wise investments, Otto wasn’t only respected, but he was very wealthy now. At this point in his life, Otto was actually one of the wealthiest men in the Southwest United States.
While Otto was rising to the top financially, he was also chasing the stars romantically by getting married to another native of Germany, Emma Bentzen.
Emma loved her husband dearly, and as the passing of time would prove, she stayed by his side through thick and thin. Emma was so devoted to her marriage that she even helped Otto with the business at the brewery. That was until an unfortunate accident changed everything.
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