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Emma Voelcker and the Murder That Shook New Braunfels

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After several assassination attempts on Faust, he was finally moved to the Comal County Jail where, on July 28, 1876, he was shot and killed through his jail cell window. All written documentation indicates that the person who shot and killed Faust remains a mystery, but ask anyone who knows this story and they’ll say that it was undoubtedly the heartbroken father of Emma Voelcker, exacting his revenge on the man who killed his only daughter.

Spirits in The Magnolia Hotel in Seguin

The Magnolia Hotel

Photo: Facebook/hauntedmagnoliahotel

The spirits of both Emma and Wilhelm Faust are said to haunt both downtown New Braunfels (near the site of the now destroyed home where Emma was killed) and The Magnolia Hotel in Seguin where Faust hid out in the weeks following the crime. These days, the newly-restored Magnolia Hotel is open to visitors, hosts baby showers, weddings and other events as well as guided ghost tours. It has been featured on several television shows, documenting the hauntings and is said to currently house more than 14 spirits. To learn more, go to their website or follow The Haunted Magnolia Hotel on Facebook

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