Tuesday, January 3, 2017


By Juan Montoya
There is a drinking establishment in downtown Brownsville where at about 4 a.m. – hours after the owner has closed and shut off all the lights and fixtures – they all come back on on their own, even the jukebox on the wall.
The security cameras capture a shimmering dark figure at the end of the long bar that looks up periodically at the ceiling.

Sometimes the camera captures a kaleidoscope of butterflies made of light emerging from the mirrors on the wall inside the bar.
They flutter and then disappear.
"I've had a couple of girls quit working because they were scared," said the owner, a spunky short lady with reddish hair.

"One of them was standing with her back to the kitchen door and the lights were off in there and she said she felt someone stoke her nalgas," she said. "She jumped up and turned around and there was no one there. She was shaking, she was so scared. She quit that night."

There is no end to ghost stories in the downtown area, but in the case of this joint, there is actual security camera footage that shows the shimmering male figure at the bar and – if you look closely at the dark wall at the end, a collage of ugly, contorted faces are visible.

"I've been working here with the lights off when I close and I can hear something moving in the dark and no one is there," said the owner. "I just shout at them to get the hell out of here and not to bother me."

Others aren't as sanguine as she is. One of the workers who has experienced some of these encounters with the phantom customers says she has been mopping the floors when she has felt something pass by her and brush her as it moved by her.

"It was like cold air blowing and we hadn't turned on the air conditioning," she recalled. "There's something here."
The owner and her assistant (a daughter) say they are putting the images on a disk to have someone tell them what the figures are or what they could mean. For now, however, word is spreading among downtown customers of the goings on in the bar after closing hours.

"We are going to try to make photos of the images and post them in the bard," said the owner. "We might even change the name to Asustame One More Time Bar."


BobbyWC said...

I love this piece because it gives the type flavor to downtoen Brownsville we need. It is so simple and engaging all at once. Truth or fiction, does not matter. It works for downtown and that is all that matters.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Happens all the time at Stiletto's. No big deal.

Ben said...

It's the bartender that got shot on the night of the Brownsville Raid. Should have been my grandpa, but he got the night off that night.

fred avila said...

its the Chamuko

wanting to dragg all to his pad afterhours

Anonymous said...

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