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Most Haunted Places in LA

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LA's streets and structures have provided the backdrop for many a horror film. Crystal Springs Drive in the Griffith Park area (where House on Haunted Hill was filmed) and Westchester Place in Hancock Park (location of American Horror Story) are just a couple of examples. And then there's of course every kid's favorite, Disneyland's own Haunted Mansion. But what about the real life specter-filled mansions and other spooked-out spots that make up haunted Los Angeles?

Marilyn Monroe and the Haunted Hotel

Cocktails and Drinking at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles
Photo: Jacqueline Fitzgerald

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel may well be the most famous haunted hotel in Los Angeles. Famous is indeed the operative word, as it is said to be home to the ghosts of Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift. Reserve 246 (one of Monroe's favorites) is said to be a hotbed of some bone-chilling paranormal activity. The actress' personal mirror is also purported to have been the site of apparitions of the legendary starlet's tear-stained face.

7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Sharon Tate 'Manson Murder' House

For kids who grew up in the neighborhood, a popular 'scare your girlfriend' spot was the so-called 'Manson House.' It was the site of the grisly murders of actress Sharon Tate, celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring, heiress Abigail Folger, her boyfriend Wojciech Frykowski and Steven Parent (an invited guest of the property's caretaker) at the hands of Charles Manson's followers. So bad was the energy at the former home of Tate and Roman Polanski that the entire property was bulldozed, and its address changed from 10050 Cielo Drive to 10066 Cielo Drive. Through the years, reported paranormal activity at the 'Manson House' has included sounds of moaning, footsteps, a woman's voice saying "take her away," and ghostly visions.

10066 Cielo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

'The Entity' House

The 1982 movie The Entity may have been one of the most terrifying horror films of all time--partially because it was based on a true story. The former real life occupant of this Culver City house claimed to have been attacked by spirits who bumped into her and apparently sexually assaulted her. Whilst inside the house--which was twice condemned by the city--investigators also reported a sense of intense pressure in their ears.

11547 Braddock Drive
Culver City, CA 90230

Linda Vista Hospital

In 1991, the last patient checked out of Boyle Heights' Linda Vista Hospital. But we all know the story doesn't end there. As far as abandoned hospitals go, it rates high on the creepiness scale and has the shady distinction of being one of the most haunted places in LA. Horror and occult filmmakers naturally seized upon this and Linda Vista has become a popular shooting location, seen on TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and True Blood.

610-30 South St. Louis Street
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Phyllis Diller's Friendly Ghost

One of legendary comedienne Phyllis Diller's last television appearances was on the show Celebrity Ghost Stories. She spoke of a nostalgic figure from her childhood who appeared on and off throughout the years in her Brentwood home. The benign presence would allegedly often wave to Diller from a window in the house. Always one to get the last laugh, Diller is quoted as having said: "My house used to be haunted, but the ghosts haven't been back since the night I tried on all my wigs."

163 S. Rockingham Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Ghost Carriage of Lookout Mountain

One of the most legendary ghost stories in Laurel Canyon concerns repeated sightings of an old carriage at the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Lookout Mountain. When the paranormal experience does occur, it is said to be so terrifying and unexpected that it prompts car accidents. A black carriage pulled by two white horses apparently appears to be careening down the canyon. The roots of this story/legend seem to date back a century and a half ago when outlaws roamed the very same hills now occupied by rock stars, celebrities and cool old hippies.

Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center

Founded in 1888, this old abandoned Downey hospital has the perfect back-story for ghost lore. It was home to a mental institution. Apparently, among the believers were nurses, who allegedly saw spirits of former patients wandering the halls. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, part of this spot's eerie allure is the fact that many artifacts from its former incarnation remained behind, such as old patient charts.

7601 Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242

Mama's House

This rustic home boasts a long list of former celebrity inhabitants, including Ringo Starr. However, the Mamas & the Papas' front-woman Cass Elliot is the one with which it is most associated. When comedian Dan Aykroyd lived there, he apparently experienced his share of spine-tingling spirit episodes. He has claimed that the property is home to apparitions such as the poltergeist that hopped into bed with him and made objects move. Aykroyd is convinced that the ghost of Mama Cass is behind the haunting because he got the feeling it was a 'big ghost.'

7708 Woodrow Wilson Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90046

The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary has been dubbed one of the most haunted places in the nation. Launched in 1934, the ship has been nicknamed 'The Grey Ghost.' Apparently, when the vessel was converted into a museum and hotel, people began to report spirit apparitions. Some of the hair-raising accounts include sightings of ghost children and the sounds of crying. Areas of particularly strong paranormal activity include changing rooms by the first class swimming pool, and the engine room.

1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802

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