By Timmy Odejimi
SPINE-CHILLING pictures have offered a glimpse into the infamous Putnam Hotel where a hotel guest killed his pregnant girlfriend and her fifteen week-old foetus.
According to the Florida court that convicted him Deland Springs resident Stephen Paul Hughes (19), killed pregnant Elmyra J. Winfield (22) at the hotel while he was high on a cocktail and alcohol and drugs.
Eerie images show the crumbling remains of the historic hotel building that locals considered a key part of the West Volusia tourism and business development.
Captured by urban explorer only known as Bullet (28), on a Nikon D810 with a 14-22mm lens, these photographs reveal the decay and devastating murder scenes of Winfield and her unborn child.
“I wanted to show people the decay of a historic building that is now abandoned and overrun with homeless people,” said the urban explorer.
“The floor that looks gutted like it’s under construction is the floor said to be most haunted and guests weren’t allowed on that floor.
“The historic building has been altered and damaged by previous owners.”
According to the Orlando Sentinel of June 4th 1985, Hughes, who was nineteen years old at the time of the murder case, pleaded guilty to the murder and was facing twelve to seventeen years in prison.
The hotel which was built in 1923 and once accommodated wealthy northerners on retreats, evicted its last residents in 2011 as its owners fell behind on mortgage payments.
Despite its dark past, the out-dated building is currently up for sale and open to developers.
“People usually can’t believe places like this surround them, especially those that live in the same city or town,” said the urban explorer.
“All the mini fridges inside had rotten food in them, but it’s been abandoned for so long that the food didn’t smell, they were practically fossilized.
“I love exploring things others never see or even think about.”