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LA's 10 Most Haunted Landmarks & Their Ghost Stories

Los Angeles is a spooky city filled with many haunted locations you can visit. Whether you're looking for a place to conduct your next paranormal investigation or just enjoy a good scare, here are ten spots in Los Angeles known for their paranormal activity.

10. The King Eddy Saloon

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A hitchhiking ghost haunts the King Eddy Saloon in downtown Los Angeles. According to lore, an intoxicated woman appears just before closing time and asks a male patron to drive her home. She borrows his jacket and asks him to drop her off at Evergreen Cemetery. As she walks into the cemetery and vanishes, the man finds his jacket draped over a grave bearing her name.

131 E 5th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

9. Los Angeles City Hall

Constructed in 1928 and once home to the city morgue, Los Angeles City Hall has a rich and spooky history. Guards have captured apparitions on security cameras and feel as if they’re being watched. The most famous ghost is that of an old fashioned man in tattered clothes who likes to interrupt city council meetings.

200 N Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

8. Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle

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The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle is an intersection that’s allegedly cursed. It all started in 1946 when Howard Hughes lost control of his plane over the intersection, crashing it into a nearby home. The following year, mobster Bugsy Siegel was killed inside his girlfriend’s home across from the Triangle. In the years since, a number of fatal accidents have occurred at the intersection of Linden & Whittier. Publicist to the stars Ronnie Chasen lost her life at the intersection in 2010 when she was shot in her vehicle four times.

N. Linden Dr. & Whittier Dr.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

7. Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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Opened in 1899, Hollywood Forever Cemetery serves as the eternal resting place for

Hollywood's founders and stars and is one of the most haunted places in Los Angeles. Strange lights and sounds have been reported near a large mausoleum on the west end of the cemetery, the Abbey of the Psalms, where a glowing figure has also been seen walking its marble floors. Every year on the anniversary of Rudolph Valentino's death, a spectral woman in all black is said to visit his grave inside of Cathedral Mausoleum carrying flowers. Virginia Rappe was a young actress who met an untimely death at the hands of Fatty Arbuckle and can be heard weeping at her grave.

6000 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90038

6. Rockhaven Sanitarium

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Rockhaven Sanitarium was opened as a mental hospital exclusively for women in 1923 by Nurse Agnes Richards. Horrified by the flagrant abuse and mistreatment she’d witnessed at asylums throughout her career, especially towards women, Agnes wanted Rockhaven to be a safe haven rather than a torture chamber. At the time, it was very easy for a man to have his wife committed and locked up for life with only a pharmacist’s note. It’s no surprise that Rockhaven has been a hotspot for paranormal activity since its closure 15 years ago. People have reported seeing full body apparitions and feeling overcome with emotion, especially in the hospital building.

2713 Honolulu Ave.

Montrose, CA 91020

5. The Comedy Store

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It’s no surprise the sunset strip’s legendary the Comedy Store is haunted given its sordid past. In the forties, infamous gangster Mickey Cohen used the basement to torture and kill his enemies during the bloody “Sunset Wars” and according to rumors, bodies may have been buried down there. A male apparition in a WW2 jacket frequents the upstairs office and is believed to be one of Cohen’s victims. One of Cohen’s former hit men “Gus” lurks around the main room, always wearing a black suit. In 1979, disgruntled comedian Steve Lubetkin jumped off the roof of the neighboring Andaz, landing directly in front of the Comedy Store, after his strike for higher wages was unsuccessful. Naturally, he haunts the comedy club as well.

8433 Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90069

4. Chateau Marmont Hotel

Since opening its doors in 1929, Chateau Marmont has been a landmark institution in Los Angeles, known for its lavish parties and celebrities. It was designed by architect Arnold A. Weitzman after a chateau he visited in the Loire Valley in France that also happened to be Leonardo Da Vinci's final resting place. So many spirits have flocked to Chateau Marmont in death because it was their favorite place to be while they were alive. Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Jim Morrison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hunter S. Thompson, Bob Dylan - all considered the Chateau a favorite haunt. John Belushi haunts bungalow #3 at Chateau Marmont, where he fatally overdosed in 1982. A family that stayed there in 1999 would hear their toddler laughing alone. He told them “the funny man” was making him laugh. Later, his mom was flipping through a book about celebrities who’ve stayed at the hotel. When she came across a photo of Belushi, her son exclaimed “the funny man!”

8221 Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90046

3. Alfred Rosenheim Mansion

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The Alfred Rosenheim Mansion fondly known to American Horror Story fans as “Murder House” was built in 1902 in once prestigious Billionaire Row, adjacent to the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. Declared a historic and cultural landmark by the city, it went on the market in 2015 and sold for $3.2 million. The owners only lived there for a short time and it has remained vacant ever since. They promptly moved out, claiming the house is haunted by at least 2 ghosts. They are currently suing the former owners and Coldwell Banker for failing to disclose the haunting. It has served as a film location for AHS, Buffy, The X-Files, Dexter and Six Feet Under.

1120 Westchester Place

Los Angeles, CA 90019

2. The Cecil Hotel

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Considered the most haunted hotel in the world, the Cecil Hotel has a dark and disturbing history. Built in 1924 in downtown Los Angeles, The Cecil first opened as a luxury establishment but once the Great Depression hit in 1929, it became what true crime author Jake Anderson calls "a playground for predators and criminals." Known for its many suicides, murders, drug activity, adulterous couples and sex workers - it's no surprise The Cecil is a hotbed of paranormal activity. The Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short, was spotted having a drink at the Cecil's lobby bar just days before her dismembered body was discovered in Leimert Park. Richard Ramirez, LA's Night Stalker, lived at the Cecil Hotel in 1985 when he committed 13 murders and 11 sexual assaults. Inspired by Ramirez, Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger booked a room there in 1991 and went on to murder three sex workers while staying there. Perhaps the most bizarre event occurred in 2013 when Canadian college student, Elisa Lam, was found floating in a water tank on the roof of the hotel after residents and guests complained of foul smelling, discolored water. Rebranded as the Stay on Main, the hotel is currently serving long term residents only.

640 S. Main Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

1. The Colorado Street Bridge Di Bilio

Also known as Suicide Bridge, The Colorado Street Bridge was constructed in 1912 in Pasadena. It is one of the most haunted locations in the Los Angeles area as more than 150 people have jumped off of it to their death since 1919. While half of those suicides occurred during the Great Depression, a recent uptick in the past ten years has forced the city of Pasadena to undergo 2 million dollars in suicide-mitigation efforts. The most infamous depression-era jumper is Myrtle Ward, whose ghost still haunts the bridge today. On the morning of 1937, 22 year old Myrtle threw her 3 year old daughter, Jean, off the bridge then jumped after her. Remarkably, Jean landed in a tree, relatively unharmed and grew to forget the tragic event by adulthood. Some of the ghostly “regulars” include a man with wire rimmed glasses, a vanishing woman in a robe and a man who whispers “her fault” to anyone brave enough to walk across the bridge alone.

504 W. Colorado Blvd.

Pasadena, CA 91105

1 Comment

Melinda James
Melinda James
Jan 24, 2021

I love Chateau Marmont. Great hotel and bar

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