Las Vegas law enforcement just can’t get ahead. Despite numerous proclamations of safety in Las Vegas, the numbers of violent crimes, murders and homicides just keep climbing.

Now, two bodies have been found in the Circus Circus Las Vegas June 1st.

The couple, a husband and wife, were found by hotel security during a wellness check following a missed tour of the Grand Canyon. The couple was with a Los Angeles tour group.

Occupants of adjacent rooms told police they heard yelling and arguing from the couple’s hotel room about 2am.

MGM Resorts International distributed a statement:

“Las Vegas Metropolitan Police is on the scene, and we are cooperating with their investigation. LVMPD has indicated that there is no known threat to guest safety at this time.”

Family Focus and Hunter S. Thompson

Circus Circus was the first casino in Las Vegas to focus on families, and it remains on their radar. Adventuredome, an indoor amusement park, opened in 1993 and has expanded to include dozens of rides. During Halloween, Circus Circus’ ‘Fright Dome’ has grown into one of the city’s most popular haunted houses.

The eclectic blending of circus and gambling has turned the hotel and casino into a favorite setting for movies and books. The resort’s most famous incarnation is apt to be Thompson’s ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.’ Thompson wrote:

“Nobody can handle… the possibility that any freak with $1.98 can walk into the Circus-Circus and suddenly appear in the sky over downtown Las Vegas twelve times the size of God, howling anything that comes into his head. No, this is not a good town for psychedelic drugs.”

High Strangeness

Not long after opening, Circus Circus began to lose money. Jay Sarno, an American developer, hotelier and casino owner,overlooked building connecting a hotel to the casino and high rollers were turned off. To correct the mistake, Sarno borrowed $23 million, made possible by the mafia.

What could go wrong?

Law enforcement eventually investigated Sarno for mob connections and federal crimes. He lived in fear of both the mob and law enforcement and sold everything in 1974.

Rumors say Circus Circus is haunted. While no one knows how many persons “accidentally” fell out of windows or were silenced by organized crime, there is no doubt that it happened.

Possibly the most infamous case are the mysterious murder/suicide in room 123. A woman staying in the room shot her child and then herself.

Ghostly activity has been reported in the poker rooms, kitchen, and guest rooms, but the most often said to come from guests who stay in room 123. Here, cries for help are loud and moving furniture is heard. Voices,  footsteps, and sightings of the little boy happen with regularity.

One rumor surrounding the room says the mother and child are hanging around searching for their father — a dark-haired man named Robert.