HOLLYWOOD HAUNTS

The City of An­gels is also home to ghosts and grim tales of death and mur­der. These 13 spooky spots are guar­an­teed to give you goose­bumps.

The New Zealand Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Robin­son

1 MU­SEUM OF DEATH

The world’s largest col­lec­tion of se­rial killer art­work, crime scene pics and pet death taxi­dermy is lo­cated in the heart of Hollywood. Step through the gi­ant skull fa­cade to see truly macabre col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing the guil­lotined sev­ered head of se­rial killer Henri Lan­dru — the Blue­beard of Paris. 6031 Hollywood Boule­vard.

2 THE GHOST­BUSTERS HOUSE

Dan Aykroyd lived in this haunted house when he got the idea for the Ghost­busters movie. He was in­spired by un­ex­plain­able events like jew­ellery mov­ing across a dresser, a pi­ano play­ing it­self and lights go­ing on and off. Aykroyd said a ghost once crawled into bed with him, which he thinks was for­mer oc­cu­pant Mama Cass El­liot. Natalie Wood, Ringo Starr and Renee Zellweger have all lived in the Hollywood es­tate. 7708 Woodrow Wilson Drive.

3 HOLLYWOOD FOR­EVER CEME­TERY

One of the old­est ceme­ter­ies in LA is the per­ma­nent home of many Hollywood stars such as Dee Dee Ra­mone, Vic­tor Flem­ing and Char­lie Chap­lin Jr. Vis­i­tors some­times hear sounds of a woman sob­bing, which is said to be silent film ac­tress Vir­ginia Rappe. She died in sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances af­ter a leg­endary party at Roscoe Fatty Ar­buckle’s ho­tel suite. Af­ter three man­slaugh­ter tri­als Ar­buckle was ac­quit­ted of killing her. 6000 Santa Mon­ica Boule­vard.

4 THE OLD ZOO, GRIF­FITH PARK

When LA’s sec­ond-old­est zoo closed in 1965, the cave-like en­clo­sures were left in ru­ins and later turned into eerie pic­nic spots. Bears, lions and ele­phants lived there and filled the canyon with their growls and roars. The spir­its of the un­happy an­i­mals can still be felt and heard.

5 HOLLYWOOD ROO­SEVELT

The iconic Ho­tel Roo­sevelt neon sign sits atop one of the most haunted places in the world. Celebri­ties like Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, Char­lie Chap­lin and Er­rol Flynn stayed at the Hollywood Roo­sevelt and are said to haunt it still. Mon­roe only lived there for two years, but her ghost still ap­pears in a full-length mir­ror that was in her suite. Mont­gomery Clift is said to haunt room 928, where he lived while shoot­ing From Here to Eter­nity. 7000 Hollywood Boule­vard.

6 AMER­I­CAN HOR­ROR STORY HOUSE

As Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story house­keeper Moira says, the Mur­der House “has a per­son­al­ity, feel­ings. Mistreat it and you’ll re­gret it.” Ar­chi­tect Al­fred Rosen­heim built the man­sion in 1902 in the pres­ti­gious Coun­try Club Park dis­trict. It was a pri­vate res­i­dence be­fore be­ing turned into a Catholic Con­vent by the Sis­ter of So­cial Ser­vice, who added a chapel. The his­toric land­mark was used as the haunted Mur­der House in the first sea­son of the TV se­ries Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story. 1120 Westchester Place.

7 10050 CIELO DRIVE — THE MAN­SON SPOT

Ro­man Polan­ski and his wife Sharon Tate rented the Hollywood man­sion in 1969 shortly af­ter Tate be­came preg­nant with their first child. It was in this house that Charles Man­son and his fol­low­ers bru­tally mur­dered Tate and four oth­ers in the mid­dle of the night.

8 CHATEAU MARMONT

Sofia Cop­pola used the leg­endary lux­ury ho­tel as the set for her hit film Some­where, but it has a sin­is­ter past. Mod­elled af­ter a cas­tle in France’s Loire Val­ley, the Chateau Marmont quickly be­came a play­ground for the rich and

fa­mous in­clud­ing Jim Mor­ri­son and Hunter S Thomp­son. It is also where Blues Broth­ers ac­tor-co­me­dian John Belushi died from a drug over­dose. 8221 Sun­set Boule­vard.

9 THE REAL BLACK DAHLIA TOUR

The clas­sic LA bus tour ex­plores the ar­eas where mur­der vic­tim El­iz­a­beth Short vis­ited be­fore her death in 1947. Nick­named ‘ The Black Dahlia’ af­ter the film noir mur­der mys­tery The Blue Dahlia, her grue­some mur­der re­mains un­solved. You can also visit the Bilt­more Ho­tel where Short was last seen alive and walk through Leimert Park where her mu­ti­lated body was found.

10 THE CE­CIL HO­TEL

The creepy bud­get ho­tel has seen sui­cides, mur­ders and weird dis­ap­pear­ances. In 2013, the corpse of a 21-year-old Cana­dian tourist named Elisa Lam was found in a wa­ter tank on the ho­tel roof. Res­i­dents had been drink­ing the wa­ter for al­most three weeks be­fore com­plain­ing about the strange taste. Ce­cil was also home to The Night Stalker se­rial killer Richard Ramirez and Aus­trian se­rial killer Jack Un­ter­weger called it home. 640 Main Street.

11 THE COM­EDY STORE

The fa­mous Com­edy Store on the Sun­set Strip, which launched the ca­reers of many fa­mous co­me­di­ans, has a dark his­tory. The build­ing once housed Ciro’s restau­rant — a pop­u­lar mob­ster hangout. Gang­ster Mickey Co­hen is al­leged to have in­ter­ro­gated his en­e­mies in the base­ment. Il­le­gal abor­tions for pros­ti­tutes from the brothel next-door were also said to be per­formed in the Ciro base­ment. The Com­edy Store is said to be haunted by Co­hen’s vic­tims who scream and moan in the base­ment. 8433 Sun­set Boule­vard.

12 THE SILENT MOVIE THE­ATRE

The the­atre is said to be haunted by the ghosts of its first two own­ers. John Hamp­ton opened the the­atre in 1942, but closed it in the late 1970s when he got sick from years of in­hal­ing toxic chem­i­cals used in film restora­tion. Af­ter his death in 1990, the the­atre was re­opened by his friend Lau­rence Austin. In 1997, Austin was shot to death in the the­atre lobby in a plot set up by his pro­jec­tion­ist/lover who was set to in­herit the es­tate. Austin is said to haunt the lobby while Hamp­ton haunts the up­stairs lounge. 611 N Fair­fax Av­enue.

13 THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN

Built in 1923, the 14m high Hollywood sign looms over the city and is one of the most fa­mous signs in the world. Un­for­tu­nately the sign is also where strug­gling ac­tress Mil­li­cent Lil­lian Peg En­twhis­tle chose to end her life in 1932. Af­ter dif­fi­culty break­ing into the act­ing in­dus­try, the 24-year-old jumped off the sign’s let­ter H. Her ghost still haunts the site. Mount Lee. – AAP

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