THE PARANORMAL WORLD DATABASE       CALIFORNIA         ALCATRAZ FEDERAL PENITENTIARY (SAN FRANCISCO) This infamous maximum security men's prison on Alcatraz Island operated between 1934 and 1963. Sometimes known as “The Rock,” it had a reputation for housing the worst of the worst, with notable inmates including Al Capone, Whitey Bulger, and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. There are few structures in this world that are as infamous as Alcatraz! Prisons are often a haven for restless spirits and Alcatraz is no different. In fact, this former high-security prison is probably even more likely to be haunted given what the conditions were like when it was in operation coupled with the dangerous criminals who were housed within its walls. The entire building is soaked in fear, regret, anger, pain, and death – the perfect recipe for restless souls and much darker entities! The prison is like a breeding ground for the paranormal. One of the most feared presences on the island is known simply as ‘The Thing’. This entity is said to have red glowing eyes and it has been seen not only by visitors today but by prisoners and staff when Alcatraz was in operation. Other common reports detail disembodied voices, sobbing, screams, banging of cell doors and putrid smells which some say indicate a demonic presence. Visitors have experienced being touched, feeling cold spots and even having emotional outbursts of either sadness or anger. Some have even said that they encounter apparitions who spoke to them of abuse at the hands of guards and other inmates! BATTERY POINT LIGHTHOUSE (CRESCENT CITY) The haunted Battery Point Lighthouse (formerly known as the Crescent City Light Station) is a unique lighthouse, due to it being situated on Battery Point Island. It only sits on an island during high tide, otherwise, it can be accessed from the mainland at Crescent City, California as a peninsula! Being built in 1856, this northern California lighthouse decorates the Pacific Ocean as a two story white, granite stone house with a white brick lighthouse tower atop. Today, it can be visited, as it is a museum and remains operational as an aiding light for navigation, though it was decommissioned by the US Coast Guard in 1965. A tsunami occurred in 1964, creating huge tidal waves that destroyed seven city blocks of Crescent City. The keepers were eyewitnesses to the destruction, being threatened themselves by the largest of waves from the ocean. The lighthouse is haunted at Battery Point, but no one seems to know exactly by whom and why. There is believed to be at least one resident ghost which is playful. A paranormal research group that investigated the Battery Point Lighthouse believes it is haunted not by one playful ghost, but by three: a child and two adult specters. Some of the haunting activity being reported occurs when visitors are given a tour. Some guests have experienced being touched on their shoulders, and sensing a presence. Caretakers report having their slippers moved at night while asleep, a rocking chair moving back and forth on its own, and sea boots trudging up the haunted lighthouse stairway, as if still on duty; especially during times of storms! Even cats at this lighthouse have acted strangely during times of ghostly activity. BODIE California is home to several ghost towns, but Bodie is the one that's got its very own curse. Located in the Bodie Hills south of Lake Tahoe, it was a former mining and Gold Rush boom town containing a bank, numerous rowdy saloons, a Chinatown area, and a Red Light District. The population steadily declined until, by the 1940s, fewer than 10 residents remained. Just over 100 structures remain in a state of "arrested decay," giving tourists a glimmer of its Wild West past. As for the so-called Bodie Curse, it’s easily avoided: Just don't take anything from the park, and you'll be fine. If you pocket a single item, however, you'll be plagued with misfortune, and many past thieves have returned their ill-gotten goods -- ranging from rocks and nails to an upright piano -- complete with letters of contrition. Ultimately, the source of the curse seems to have been a park ranger desperate to stop sticky-fingered tourists from taking old artifacts, but those who have tested it still seem to swear by it. When it comes to ghosts, Bodie could perhaps point to its rough past replete with bar brawls and gun fights, but its most interesting character may have been Eleanor Dumont, a card dealer better known as “Madame Mustache” (due to a dark swath of hair on her upper lip). She came to Bodie where her luck ran out and, funds depleted, fatally injected herself with morphine. Maybe it’s Dumont’s restless spirit who gives the fictional curse its long legs. THE BROOKDALE LODGE (SANTA CRUZ) Nestled deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains lies the historic Brookdale lodge. Surrounded by giant redwoods, Brookdale Lodge was originally opened in 1870 as the headquarters of the Grover Lumber Mill. The mill was purchased by H.J. Logan of Loganberry fame in 1900 and was converted into campgrounds and a hotel. Since then the lodge has passed through numerous hands. Famous persons passing through Brookdale Lodge included: Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Tyrone Power, Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Hedy Lamarr, and President Herbert Hoover. Over the years there have been many sightings of little Sarah Logan. She is often seen in a white and blue Sunday dress walking through the lobby or near the fireplace between the lounge and Brookroom. She has also been seen playing on the balcony of the Brookroom, an area off limits to visitors and guests, and sitting beside the fire in the Fireside Room. Some have even been approached by the crying Sarah asking if they could help her find her mother. As they turn to look for the little girl's mother, Sarah vanishes. She ran silently across the lobby for about five seconds before disappearing through the office window. When the Brookroom is empty you can sometimes hear glasses and plates clinking and people talking as if dozens of ghostly diners are having a meal. A ghostly woman, has been seen walking over the brook as if supported by a bridge removed long ago. Big band music has been heard playing faintly in the Fireside Room and in the Pool Room. People have also reported cold spots, presences, and even being touched by unseen forces in the Pool Room. Late at night doors slam and footsteps are often heard in empty rooms. They are particularly loud from the second floor conference room. Many have reported strange smells and having a sense that the room is full of people when it is empty. Room 46 of the motel wing is reported to be very haunted. A woman who worked at the lodge in exchange for lodging has reported that at night objects and shapes would fly across the room. Ghostly ballroom dancers would swirl around leering at her as they floated by. Ghosts would materialize around her bed, their faces sometimes vague and sometimes very very clear. CECIL HOTEL (LOS ANGELES) Of all the hotels in the world, and there are a lot, the Cecil Hotel has the darkest of histories attached to its name. In its earliest days it was a lavish place for the upper-crust of the city, as well as businessmen and women visiting the area, to rest their heads. All of that took a sudden turn for the worse when the Great Depression hit in 1929, sucking every bit of disposable income from most of America's workers, and by the 1950s over 10,000 homeless people lived within a four- mile radius of the Cecil. Now seen as more or less a flop house, the once beautiful hotel became a hot-spot of negative energy. The earliest death reported in the hotel was in 1931 when 46 year-old Manhattan Beach resident W.K Norton checked in under the fake name James Willys and killed himself by ingesting poison capsules. Less than a year later a 25- year-old man named Benjamin Dodich shot himself to death in his room. In 1934, a 53 year-old former Army Medical Corps sergeant named Louis D. Borden killed himself in his room by slashing his own throat with a razor. And in September 1944 a 19-year-old named Dorothy Jean Purcell threw her newborn son from a window. In 1962, Pauline Otton, 27, leapt from the ninth story after getting into an argument with her estranged husband. She landed on top of a passing pedestrian, 65-year-old George Gianinni, and killed them both. In 1964, Goldie Osgood was found murdered in her room at the Cecil. She was known as “Pigeon,” as she frequently fed the birds gathered in Pershing Square, just a short walk from the hotel. Though it was determined that Osgood had been beaten to death, her assailant was never caught. Los Angeles serial killer Richard “The Night Stalker” Ramirez stayed here in the mid-’80s, and Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger spent time here in 1991 while he worked as a journalist covering crime in LA (and subsequently murdered three women during his stay). The list goes on and on with 16 similar tragedies taking place under the roof of the Cecil, the most notable being the 2013 mysterious death of Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old traveling student who was found dead, floating naked in one of the hotel's water supply tanks on the roof. Footage was later released which showed her acting very strangely in one of the hotel's elevators and, to this day, people suspect paranormal influence had something to do with her death. All of the hotel's many attempts to shake its grim reputation, including renovations in 2007 by new ownership, and a name change to "Stay on Main" in 2011, didn't sway people from viewing the place as anything other than a catch-all for death, sadness, and the trapped spirits of the people who lived their last moments there. So much so that it became the inspiration for the TV show American Horror Story: Hotel. CLAREMONT HOTEL (SAN FRANCISCO) For years, there have been stories of ghosts and other weird occurrences at the creepy Claremont Hotel. The so-called "Claremont haunting" has been well-documented over its century of service. During this time, the hotel seems to have accommodated more than one ghostly guest. One guest named Kim was walking around outside the hotel with her husband. She saw a room on the fourth floor with a window open and the curtains billowing out into the air. Thinking this unique, she took out her phone and started recording it. Later, she played back the recording. What she heard filled her with terror. Distinctly audible was the sound of a little girl calling out "Mom..." She played it back to her husband and he heard the same thing. One employee reports many instances of a little girl being associated with Room 422. One such example involved a guest staying in 422. In addition to smelling inexplicable smoke, the guest reported hearing the voice of a little girl. It is believed that said girl died when she was six, either in the hotel, or in the fire that happened before the hotel was built. During her stay in Room 307, one guest reports having a terrifying encounter. She awoke during the middle of the night to someone pulling the sheet over her head. The force then pushed her face into her pillow, suffocating her. The guest screamed and the entity vanished. One woman said that she had trouble opening the door to get out, and that dresser drawers would be inexplicably opened while she was in another room. One guest stayed in Room 416 with her daughter. During their first night, the pair couldn't sleep. They kept hearing doors slamming shut in the rooms next to and above them. When her daughter touched the wall, it was scalding hot. The next morning, she went to see the bellman, wanting to change rooms. He told her that she couldn't have heard anything from the room above, as no fifth floor exists within the Claremont. The guest later learned of a story where a woman died in a fire in Room 417, the room right next to theirs.  As a man approached the elevator one night, the door opened on its own. When he reached the fourth floor, there was no one in sight. He started walking toward his room, only to hear footsteps behind him. He turned around to see that no one was there. When he got into his room, he felt the temperature drop dramatically. He then claims to have smelled smoke, and began hearing the sounds of remodeling. As Dave went to bed, he felt something small sit down on the bed with him. He looked to see a small, round imprint in the sheets. San Antonio Spurs player Jeff Ayers had just checked into the Claremont and was going to his room for the first time when he heard a child making noises behind the door. He tried his room key, but it failed to unlock the door. Convinced that the staff simply sent him to the wrong room, he returned to the front desk. They assured him that they had given him the correct number, and then called the room to see if someone was in it. Nobody answered. "I really heard voices and a baby in the room, and there wasn’t anybody in there," Ayers said. "It was crazy." The staff was skeptical, but teammate Tim Duncan corroborates the story. "I heard a baby in his room," Duncan said. "There was somebody, or something, in his room. Yeah, I definitely heard something." THE COMEDY STORE/CIRO’S (LOS ANGELES) The Sunset Strip has long been known as the playground of the stars. The brightest stars, the biggest moguls and most Oscar-winning artists dined, danced and romanced in clubs along the Strip. The most popular rendezvous, Ciro’s, opened in 1940. Today, it is called the Comedy Store, world-famous laugh club; but late at night, the ghosts of Ciro’s rule the roost. One night on his way out the back door, comedian-slash-security-guard Blake Clark heard banging on the piano in the Belly Room, a small venue on the second floor. Some of the waitresses had already reported odd occurrences in there—pranks, really. One of the young women would open the room, light candles, arrange tables and leave. Five minutes later, she’d return to find the candles out, the lights off, the door locked. When she returned with the key, she’d find the door open and the room set up again. Clark rushed upstairs when he heard the piano, thinking someone was locked in. As soon as he unlocked the door, the noise stopped. He flipped on the light. No one was in the room. He checked all corners, then locked up. As he turned to leave, he heard it again—someone deliberately banging the keys of the piano. Clark heard the piano on numerous other occasions. There was never anyone to be seen in the room—just a playful spirit with a tin ear having a laugh. Another night, Blake made the final rounds in the large showroom which had been Ciro’s main room. He moved to lock up, but stopped in his tracks. A chair on one end of the stage began to slide across to the other side. He stood frozen, watching as the chair glided effortlessly three feet, ten feet, twenty. In a flash, he found his feet and got out of there. Still another night, he went to the rear of the empty stage to turn off a light. Seconds later, he turned around to find 40 chairs silently piled center stage, ten feet away. DISNEYLAND (ANAHEIM) It may be known as the happiest place on Earth, but Disneyland is also one of the most haunted places in Southern California. There are lots of tales of the animatronics moving when the rides are turned off and apparently it is traditional for some families to scatter the ashes of their loved ones (without permission) on favorite rides such as Pirates of the Carribean and The Haunted Mansion. Apparently, custodians have been discovering ashes, bone fragments and even a jaw bone in the park for years now. There are also real human bones used in the décor at The Pirates of the Caribbean ride. There are also several ghost sightings around the park including Walt Disney himself who has been seen in his former apartment above the Fire Station on Main Street. There have also been sightings of various spirits believed to be people who either died in the park or have had their ashes scattered here. EAST MILE 8 ROAD (STOCKTON) One of the most haunted places in California is not a building, but a stretch of road – Eat 8 Mile Road to be exact. It is said that there is the spirit of a witch who appears on the road. Many a heavy goods vehicle driver has reported a scary woman in a tattered white dress standing in the middle of the carriageway! Legend states that if you turn back to take a second look at the phantom then you will see the spirit sitting in your back seat. There are also reports of a Native American girl wandering the road on the night of the full moon and locals say she can be heard screaming in the night. It’s no wonder paranormal fans loved the idea of a haunted road trip along East 8 Mile Road! THE GLEN TAVERN INN (SANTA PAULA) The Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula was built in 1911 in the old English Tudor style. It is a beautiful building, but it could be described as having a somewhat ugly past! The history of The Glen Tavern Inn is rich and colorful, with a large dose of dark and seedy moments. It is a fascinating building once frequented by the stars, which fell on hard times after prohibition was introduced and the 3rd floor became a speakeasy, brothel, and gambling den. It is this that is likely to have triggered the majority of the paranormal activity reported here. The Glen Tavern Inn is one of the most haunted places in California and it is home to a number of different ghosts. One of the most well known hot spots is Room 307 which is said to be haunted by two ghosts, a cowboy known as Calvin and a prostitute. Calvin is described as being tall and thin wearing a white shirt and sporting long hair and a goatee beard. He has been seen walking through walls and is often captured in photographs taken by guests. GOLDEN GATE PARK (SAN FRANCISCO) Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is more than three miles in length and roughly half a mile in width.  The Park is a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike. It offers flower gardens, museums, hiking trails, picnic areas, soccer field, and Japanese tea garden to name a few things. The Golden Gate Park does not just provide visitors with a variety of fun things to do and enjoy, there is a much darker force at play in the Park. There are multiple reports of different ghosts that haunt the Golden Gate Park. One of the ghosts is a woman who wanders around Stow Lake. There are two stories surrounding who this woman is. Some say she was walking around the lake with her child in a stroller and somehow it ended up in the lake. The mother dove in after the child but both vanished and were assumed dead. Another story states a woman was there to dispose of a baby she had then kill herself so no one would ever learn she had been pregnant. Regardless of which story is true, the ghost of a woman continues to wander the lake in search of her child. There are two stories surrounding who this woman is. Some say she was walking around the lake with her child in a stroller and somehow it ended up in the lake. The mother dove in after the child but both vanished and were assumed dead. Numerous people over the years have said a police officer gave them a ticket while in the park. When they go to deal with the ticket they find out the police officer that gave them the citation passed away years prior. People are told if you find yourself followed by a police officer, just to verify he is alive, make your way out of the park, if it is the ghost he will vanish At the sculpture called “The Pioneer Mother,” people are said to have heard the laughter of children or seen the head of the statue appear to move. GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATER (LOS ANGELES) For his last of four theaters, Sid Grauman planned something so unique and magnificent inside and out that it would outshine all other theaters in Los Angeles. He and architect Raymond Kennedy chose a Chinese temple as inspiration and created a soaring 90-foot pagoda adorned with a 30-foot dragon and ceremonial masks and topped with an ornate copper roof. But it is the forecourt that makes this the most famous movie theater in the world. That’s where Grauman displayed his most ingenious idea—concrete blocks with the hand and foot prints of the stars. Grauman also built salons for private parties after a premiere or the Oscars where he and his famous friends could celebrate comfortably. He hid buzzers near lamps in the lobby to signal people inside to open the secret panel. Sadly, these rooms have long been sealed and all buzzers disconnected; but for some, that doesn’t matter. For weeks, an employee heard buzzers in his upstairs office. He thought it was an errant office intercom. Eventually, he realized it was the buzzers for the secret salons coming from inside the sealed rooms. And the theater has a resident ghost, Fritz. Fritz, it seems, worked for the theater, though no one’s sure when. Apparently despondent, he hanged himself inside, behind the movie screen. Since then, his presence has been felt throughout the theater. Everybody knows him and no one is frightened. HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY (LOS ANGELES) The Hollywood Forever Cemetery not only is it the resting place for hundreds of Hollywood's stars and other famous persons, but it remains a fully operating cemetery to this day still performing new burials and cremations every week. Today its owner was once an adviser on the television series, Six Feet Under. Some of the famous stars buried here include Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power, Peter Lorre, Marion Davies, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, and Charlie Chaplin Jr. Recent additions, in the past few years, include Fay Wray of King Kong and guitarist Johnny Ramone. Other colorful characters of note include, Cecil B. DeMille and mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. Apparently some of the ghosts will simply stroll in walking straight through the gate, where as others will actually poke their heads (and occasionally walk) through the wall separating the cemetery from the studio. Needless to say, the guards on the night shift at the gate are not exactly pleased by the uninvited visitors wandering in and popping in through the walls. Guards have even reported the specter of Rudolph Valentino strolling into the studio through the Lemon Grove gate. One of the many ghosts that possibly resides within the cemetery though isn't Rudolph Valentino but instead a ghostly woman in black who visits him bringing flowers. Also haunting the cemetery is supposedly the ghost of Clifton Webb who died in 1966. Webb, the original "Mr. Belvedere" in three different movies released between 1948 and 1951, haunts the Abbey of the Psalms mausoleum. Strange lights, drafts of cold air, smells of cologne, and whispered voices have also been reported coming from or in the mausoleum. Another spirit said to reside with Hollywood Forever's walls is the ghost of Virginia Rappe. Virginia Rappe attended a party on Labor Day in 1921 in San Francisco at the Saint Francis Hotel. The party was in celebration of a recent contract that Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, a famous comedian and actor at the time, had recently acquired. During the party, Rappe became ill; an ambulance was required to come get her, and a few days later she died at the age of 26. HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL (LOS ANGELES) Guests at the Roosevelt Hotel are entertained by a plethora of paranormal activity from the hotel’s past: children playing in the hallways; a pianist wearing a white suit and “very old shoes” tinkling the ivories on the mezzanine; guests swimming in the pool after hours—none of whom was of the flesh and blood variety. Marilyn Monroe stayed at the Roosevelt so often that she purchased a full-length antique mirror for her favorite suite above the pool. After her untimely death in 1962, the hotel stored it away; then, decades later during a major remodel, employees “rediscovered” it in the basement—its history long forgotten—and hung it in the lower lobby. Monroe’s image has been seen in it regularly, applying lipstick, primping with her hair as she must have done hundreds of times while looking into this mirror. One of Monroe’s Misfits costars, four-time Oscar nominee Montgomery Clift, is also a ghostly resident. He sticks close to room 928, his home for several months in 1952 while filming From Here to Eternity. People come from around the world to stay in it on the chance that Clift’s spirit will make his presence known. Past residents report the actor’s spirited behavior, including: ringing the phone incessantly, blaring the radio, turning the heat to over 100 degrees and practicing the bugle for the Eternity role. He’s even shoved a few unsuspecting guests while they slept.. HOTEL DEL CORONADO (CORONADO) When the magnificent, seaside Hotel del Coronado opened in 1888, it was the biggest resort in the world, attracting a host of notable guests -- and (purportedly) at least one ghost, widely believed to be that of Kate Morgan. Morgan, née Farmer, was the daughter of an Iowa postmaster. She married Thomas Morgan in 1885, with whom she had one son who died at just two days old; five years later, Morgan left with another man and eventually made her way to Los Angeles, where she worked as a housekeeper. On Thanksgiving Day, 1892, Morgan checked into the palatial resort using the name Lottie Bernard. Five days later, she was found dead on a stairway leading to the beach by the hotel's assistant electrician. She had been shot once in the head. A coroner determined the wound to be self-inflicted, and a housekeeper told reporters that Morgan had indicated she was suffering from a terminal illness. Other rumors speculate she'd been abandoned at the hotel by a male companion, leaving her distraught; still others believe she was murdered by said male companion. Though Morgan was laid to rest at Mount Hope Cemetery, not far from the hotel, rumors have long persisted that her ghost roams the property. Morgan's spirit is described as playful, but harmless. Those who stay in Morgan's old room (number 3327) have reported mysterious breezes, the TV and faucets turning on and off by themselves, and sightings of a woman in a black Victorian dress. One couple claimed the spirit pulled the covers off the bed at night. Some claim Room 3519 is also haunted by a housekeeper who hanged herself many years ago. That particular case, however, is far less documented than the death of Kate Morgan. Curtains blowing even though the windows are closed, objects moved by unseen hands, murmuring sounds and even sightings of Kate walking down the hallways and peering out the windows have all been reported. KNICKERBOCKER HOTEL (LOS ANGELES) The Knickerbocker, now a senior living facility, might be one of the most haunted places in Los Angeles. It was built as an apartment building in 1925, then became a fancy hotel—Rudolph Valentino is now said to haunt the bar; Marilyn Monroe supposedly hangs out in the ladies' room; and there are lots of assorted other sightings. (And there’s plenty of other fodder: Director D.W. Griffith died in the lobby and actress Frances Farmer was arrested in the hotel on her way to insanity.) But it’s perhaps most notable for its non-haunting. After Harry Houdini’s death on Halloween 1926, his widow Bess attempted to contact him every year for 10 years with a séance on the roof of the Knickerbocker. No dice. LINDA VISTA HOSPITAL (LOS ANGELES) Located in Los Angeles, the Linda Vista Hospital has a weird history that lends itself well to tales of hauntings. Of course, you'll often hear tales of hauntings in abandoned hospitals, and it makes sense given the emotional energy and death that occurs in them. Linda Vista, however, was once a thriving hospital serving first the Santa Fe Railroad and later the surrounding community. However, in the 80s, Linda Vista Hospital had become a place where victims of violent crime were treated - and often died. In the early 2000s, it was a crumbling building ghost hunters frequented - including the team from Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures. They were there in response to reports from members of movie and television crews filming in the creepy abandoned buildings who reported any number of paranormal events. Now, it's been given new life as a retirement home. Whether, in its new incarnation, the claims of ghostly doctors and patients roaming the halls remain is anyone's guess, but it has a storied history as one of Southern California's most notorious haunts. LOS COCHES ADOBE (SOLEDAD) This old waypoint is the subject of more ghost rumors than you could shake a bundle of sage at. Soledad's Los Coches Adobe was a frequent stop for stagecoach travelers in the mid-1800s, Los Coches Adobe might also just be one of the most terrifying places in California. In the early days, Los Coches Adobe was the site of a mine. However, one day a horrific accident caused over 30 mine workers to be trapped in a collapse. All of them lost their lives. A tragedy like that has to leave a stain on the very land, so it is really no wonder this place is haunted! Locals and visitors alike have heard the screams of trapped miners emanating from an old well on the property and there are also numerous reports of a lady in black and a male phantom walking around the grounds. Some even claim to have seen the ghost of a man hanging from a tree just on the boundary of the property! MISSION SAN MIGUEL (SAN MIGUEL) The story surrounding Mission San Miguel is certainly an intriguing one that sounds like the plot of a blockbuster movie! The mission was founded in 1797, but was secularized in 1836 and sold to The Reed Family in 1846 for the tiny sum of just $250! Reed set up the mission as a bed and breakfast requiring payment in gold – as it was the height of the gold rush he managed to amass a small fortune which he apparently decided to bury somewhere on the mission grounds. It is believed that the buried treasure was worth roughly $200,000 at the time. However, Reed was a boastful man and it seems that he may have boasted to the wrong people! In 1848 some British pirates staying at the mission learned of Reed’s gold and ended up laying waste to the Mission slaughtering everyone in the building. They never did find it and they were soon rounded up and executed for their crimes. Somewhere between 10 and 13 people were murdered that night so it is no surprise that the place is haunted. Most commonly sighted spirits include a lady in white believed to be Mrs. Reed and a man in a blue pea coat who could be Mr. Reed. MOSS BEACH DISTILLERY (SAN MATEO) The history of the distillery is rather colorful, going back to 1927, in the days of prohibition, when alcohol bootleggers and covert speakeasies where people could indulge in private were the order of the day. One of these speakeasies was a place opened by a Portuguese immigrant named Frank Torres, who chose this particular location for its remote seaside locale and the frequent fogs that rolled in, all the better to smuggle in Canadian rum for his establishment. There was one customer who came in by the name of Mary Ellen, and when she was around everyone surely noticed, as she was supposedly very beautiful and always wore a fancy blue dress. She had fallen in love with a handsome piano player at the establishment by the name of John Contina, even though she was married to a bootlegger who eventually discovered their affair. According to the tale, Mary’s husband came into the bar one night in a fury, upon which the piano player pulled a knife. Unfortunately he had brought a knife to a gunfight, as the husband was packing heat, and somehow in the middle of the fracas Mary was accidentally either shot or stabbed depending on the version of events. The most well known of the establishment’s ghosts is that of Mary Ellen herself, who seems to be just as much of a customer here as she ever was before. Most often called “The Blue Lady,” she is notorious for suddenly appearing at the bar out of thin air, or engaging in other activities such as pinching necks, tapping shoulders, poking people’s sides, and sometimes whispering in people’s ears, as well as moving or levitating objects, opening doors, turning lights on or off, tossing books off of shelves, or knocking over glasses, and customers frequently say that she moves their wine glasses or tableware right before their eyes. Another commonly reported phenomenon is that female customers complain that the ghost steals their earrings, which then turn up in unexpected places along with other missing jewelry. The ghost also has the unsettling habit of appearing behind patrons in the mirror or the women’s restroom, and on one occasion the computer system inexplicably changed all of its dates to 1927, and all receipts printed showed that year, which is the year when the roadhouse was first opened. The ghost apparently also likes to lock doors, and several employees have said they have been locked out of rooms by the entity, and customers have the habit of getting cell phone calls with no one on the other end. There is a ghostly man sometimes seen sitting around the dining area, and spookier still is the ghost of Anna Philbrick, said to roam the nearby beach and who is said to appear as a water logged corpse covered in seaweed. OAK PARK CEMETERY (CLAREMONT) Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont was established in 1897 and is now the permanent residence to many of the founders of the city. Considered to be one of the most haunted in Southern California, visitors have reported seeing orbs moving around a gargoyle statue, grey shadows after dark and a winged figure walking up and down the driveway. According to rumours, people have seen sightings of small grey apparitions running around at night. These apparitions have been known to attack people. Shadow-men have also been seen by many. PANTAGES THEATER (LOS ANGELES) The Pantages Theater, Hollywood’s last glorious movie palace, opened June 4, 1930, near the fabled corner of Hollywood and Vine. An Art Deco masterpiece, it’s still considered one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. In 1949, millionaire-aviator Howard Hughes turned studio owner when he took the reigns of RKO Studios, including its flagship theater. Hughes loved the Pantages and set up plush offices on the second floor. Today, Hughes is seen time and again in the executive offices and his footsteps are heard throughout the building. Assistants in the outer office know he’s approaching when the room fills with the smell of cigarette smoke—which Hughes despised. Then, the young Hughes, tall, lanky, dressed in a plain suit, strides around a corner and walks through a wall that was the original doorway to his office. A female presence also calls the theater home. Back in 1932, a female patron died in the mezzanine during a show. After some time passed, when the auditorium was dark and quiet, the voice of a woman could be heard singing…sometimes in the day, other times late at night after everyone had gone home. Employees at the Pantages developed a theory about the voice. The unfortunate young woman who died in the theater may have been an aspiring singer who’d come to see one of the musicals so popular in the early ’30s. She now lives out her dream of performing at the Pantages. And she’s lost her stage fright: her voice has been picked up on microphone on stage and carried over the monitor during a live performance. Engineers actually picked up the voice of someone who was not visible on the stage. PIERPONT INN (VENTURA) This lovely property has been calling people to its doors since it opened in 1910. Two years before this, a woman by the name of Josephine Pierpont bought a patch of land which overlooked the Pacific Ocean. She meant to build an inn on the bluff. In 1928, the inn was purchased by Mrs. Mattie Vickers Gleichmann and along with her husband, they were able to re-open the inn a year later. All through the 1930s and 1940s, the Gleichmann family operated the inn, making it more modern and adding an East Wing in 1954. Over time, people began noticing strange things happening at the inn. Who could be behind all of this? Was it Josephine or Mattie? There is also a former guest by the name of Emily Darling, who some say haunts the inn, too. Footsteps and odd tapping are heard over the Spanish Revival Banquet Center. In the catering offices there were produced a few unusual pictures, and these showed light anomalies that the photographic expert could not explain. While in these offices, a few of the investigators noticed a pen moving by itself and staff at the inn have repeatedly reported pens moving around on their own. In the hallway area that guests have reported seeing the reflection of a woman in white, on a glass-paned door. THE PRESIDIO (SAN FRANCISCO) What do you get when you have a National Cemetery, old officer’s quarters, and historic buildings on an old army base? If in San Francisco, you get the Presidio. The Presidio National Park is a destination people visit to get a glimpse into the history of San Francisco’s military posts, the city’s history in general, as well as visiting the location of an old Indian burial ground also on the site. Having not only two different cemeteries, historical and military buildings on one site hauntings are a given. Over the years people have encounters different ghostly figures around Presidio. Some ghosts have been spotted knocking on the door to the visitor center only to vanish. The ghosts of Army men from years gone by have been seen knocking on the doors of empty rooms in other buildings. At one time the old army hospital at the Presidio had so much ghostly activity it was consider one of, if not the most haunted places in the area. Sadly it was torn down and a new building was put in its place. People have encountered cold spots in the new building. QUEEN ANNE HOTEL (SAN FRANCISCO) The exquisite Queen Anne Hotel was a school for girls after it was built back in the 1890s. The school had a number of teachers for the girls but none had as much passion for education as Miss Mary Lake. When not educating the girls she called room 410 her home. Her world was turned upside down when the school closed. Not one to give up, she packed up her belongings and went on to live out the rest of her life at another location. In 1980, after many different owners, the former school for girls became what is now the Queen Anne Hotel.  Guests to the hotel have reported countless sightings of the one beloved teacher wandering about the hotel’s hallways. People have also spotted her in her former home, room 410. THE QUEEN MARY (LONG BEACH) The Queen Mary Hotel is recognized as not only one of the most haunted places in California but also as one of the most haunted hotels in the entire world. The former ocean liner is now permanently docked at Long Beach where it serves as a hotel that is very popular with paranormal researchers and others interested in the paranormal. The ship is incredibly haunted and we could not even begin to document all of the strange events that have occurred there in this one brief summary. However, we can touch on some of the most common hauntings. The First Class Swimming Pool is said to be haunted by two female spirits who are said to have drowned there in the 1930s and 1960s respectively. They have both been seen as apparitions and visiting psychics have said that they feel a negative presence coming from the changing rooms. There are also reports of a lady in white in the Queen’s Salon, a male in 1930s attired in the First Class suites and the sounds of children playing near the storage room. These are the only handful of the reports of paranormal disturbances on board. SILENT MOVIE THEATER ( LOS ANGELES) This theater has been a fixture on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, California since 1942. Its original owner, John Hampton opened the theater just 15 years after silent films became passé. He began with his personal collection of silent film favorites and then slowly increased his film library. His theater showed Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Harold Lloyd, Rudolph Valentino and the Keystone Cops in all their glory. Tragedy struck Laurence Austin, the next owner of this theater in January of 1997. It was first thought he was shot and killed during an apparent robbery. The police later revealed that Austin’s business partner and long time lover James Van Sickle actually hired a hit man to kill Austin. His motive was to inherit the money. He and the gunman both received life in prison.  Charlie Lustman bought and re-opened the silent film house in 1999. After he saw the faded blood stains on the carpet and saw the posters Hampton had hung in the theater--he stated that Hampton’s spirit inspired him to do this. During the time Lustman owned the theater it became apparent to him and startled employees that the building was haunted. John Hampton’s spirit haunts the lounge area of the apartment upstairs where he and his wife Dorothy lived for 45 years.  When he arranged to show a 3-D film festival in 2000, he received a black eye on a display case. Then the projector that had worked fine for a year, broke down minutes before the first 3-D film could screen. It appeared Hampton was unhappy with his decision. Laurence Austin’s spirit has shocked more than one witness in the theater’s lobby—near where he was shot. Lustman and a former publicist for the theater would hear the repeated jingle of keys while alone in the building. Austin was known to have a nervous habit--he would jingle his keys. To settle down the activity Lustman brought in a shaman, sage was burnt and rose crystals were placed where Austin was murdered. In 2006, Lustman sold the theater to the Harkham brothers. They re- opened the theater as a rival house called the Cinefamily. They show an eclectic mix of sound and silent films. SUICIDE BRIDGE (PASADENA) Colorado Street Bridge is a beautiful structure, but it has a dark side. It is known locally by its nickname – the suicide bridge. There is an unusually high number of suicides here. The latest figure sits at about 102, but that number is growing constantly. The bridge was built in 1913 and claimed its first death in 1919, so that’s a rate of more than one suicide per year. However, some say that this ‘official’ number is not actually accurate because the local authorities have been known to knock off a few numbers whenever they get too high. As you might expect given the death toll, the bridge is also said to be incredibly haunted. There are many reports of a man jumping off of the railing, but he vanishes before hitting the water. It is also fairly common to see a female apparition crossing the bridge. Drivers often have to swerve to avoid her, but she always disappears when they come too close! Some have suggested that not only could spirits be trapped here due to the nature of their passing, but also because of the authorities perhaps having denied their existence by fudging the suicide figures! TURNBULL CANYON (WHITTIER) Hikers mostly enjoy Turnbull Canyon, a 4-mile loop trail in the Puente Hills Preserve, for its scenic views. It's also home to many ghost stories and urban legends. Largely uncorroborated legends surround clandestine meetings of occultists, one of them rumored to have kidnapped several local children from an orphanage for ritual sacrifice. Others claim UFO sightings, KKK gatherings, and disappearing specters. Even more surround an old asylum that burned down decades ago. One tale speaks of a teen who came upon an electroshock therapy contraption that fried him to a crisp when he strapped it on his head, despite the fact that the power should have been long cut off. While many of these more lurid tales have little, if any, evidence to support them, Turnbull Canyon has been the site of at least a few well-documented horrors. In 1952, Flight 416 left New York City only to crash into the hills here. All 26 passengers and the plane's three crew members were killed. In 2009, a young woman was attacked by a group of men who slit her throat, threw her down the canyon edge, and left her for dead. The woman was able to make her way to a nearby residence, where she received help and, despite serious wounds, survived. In 2011, the body of 41-year-old woman was found in the area; her boyfriend was convicted of her murder six years later. USS HORNET (ALAMEDA) Reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the country, the U.S.S. Hornet was the eighth ship to bear the name when launched in 1943. During her deployment in the Pacific Ocean, the ship racked up numerous naval decorations for wiping out almost 1,500 Japanese aircrafts, and destroying over a million tons of shipments belonging to the Axis enemies. Sadly, over 300 people lost their lives during the 27-year period the ship was operational, most of them in battle, and some suicides. Since the decommissioning of the U.S.S. Hornet in June of 1970, she has been declared a National Historic Landmark as well as a California Historical Landmark, and was opened to the public in 1998 as the U.S.S. Hornet Museum in Alameda, California. Over the years, crew members and visitors have reported unexplained phenomena: feelings of being touched, or even pushed, when no one else is around, objects moving from one area to another, and apparitions in military garb appearing to work and function as if they were still alive. THE WHALEY HOUSE (SAN DIEGO) The Whaley House is a history museum in Old Town San Diego, open to the public for tours and events. Rumor persists that the museum is haunted by both the spirits of the Whaley family and a boat thief who was executed on the property. Thomas Whaley was an East Coaster who moved to California for the Gold Rush and ended up operating a store in San Diego in the 1850s. He built himself the two-story brick home in 1857, fixing it to an existing granary that would later serve as a courtroom. He lived there with his wife, Anna, with whom he had six children. According to legend, the property is haunted by multiple spirits; James "Yankee Jim" Robinson is perhaps the oldest among them. A convicted thief, he was hanged in 1852 on the property before a group of onlookers, one of whom was Whaley himself. Whaley still purchased the property and built his family home there, but would later claim to hear disembodied footsteps, which he attributed to Robinson’s ghost. Others claim that the museum is haunted by the Whaley's daughter, Violet, who in 1885 fatally shot herself in the heart at just 22 years old. Violet was despondent after her husband, George Bertolacci, wedded her only for the sizable dowry her father had offered then abandoned her shortly thereafter. Other strange events include sightings of Thomas Whaley standing at the top of the stairs and a floating apparition in the downstairs rooms among other events. WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE (SAN JOSE) The Winchester Mystery House on the edge of California’s third-largest city probably always looked this way – an alien fallen to earth. It would have done so as soon as Sarah Winchester bought what was an unremarkable eight- room farmstead in 1884 and promptly set about turning it into a giant oddity. She was a woman of wealth and unusual tastes who moved across the country to what was still the “Valley of Heart’s Delight” – an area of agricultural bounty, pumping out plums and apples under the affable west-coast sun. Sarah arrived with a back story. Three years earlier, she had lost her husband, William Winchester, the owner of Connecticut rifle firm the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Before that, a very young daughter. She met with a spirit medium who told her that William was warning her that a curse had been placed upon the family. It claimed their daughter, himself, and she would be next. She was being tormented, it was said, by the ghosts of every man and woman who had died at the end of a Winchester weapon. These sorry souls, rumor had it, were the widow’s eternal companions and would leave her be only if she agreed to continue her building project. Forever. Adding chamber after chamber, door after door. It was his bequeathed fortune ($20.5million, or $530 million adjusted for 2018) which would fund her 38- year construction frenzy at the house. As the house grew over the decades – randomly, unendingly, without any discernible blueprint – local mutterings swirled about her state of mind. Some of Sarah Winchester’s loyal workmen and house servants may still be looking after the place, according to sightings of figures or the “feeling of a presence” reported many times over the years, by tour guides and visitors alike. One frequent apparition is a man with jet- black hair believed to have been a former handyman. He’s been seen repairing the fireplace in the ballroom, or pushing an equally spectral wheelbarrow – if wheelbarrows indeed linger in the beyond — down a long, dark hallway. Several years ago, a man working on one of the many restoration projects in the mansion started his day early in a section with several fireplaces, known as the Hall of Fires. The house was dead quiet before tours got underway, and he was working up on a ladder when he felt someone tap him on the back. He turned to ask what the person wanted. No one was there. Reassuring himself he’d just imagined the sensation, he went back to his work, only to experience what felt like someone pushing against his back. That was enough. He hurried down the ladder, crossed the estate and started on another project, figuring that someone — or something — didn’t want him working in the Hall of Fires that day. A tour guide named Samantha recently led visitors to the room the Daisy Bedroom, where Sarah Winchester was trapped during the 1906 quake. Samantha was about to begin her spiel when a very clear “sigh” came from the small hallway outside the bedroom door. Thinking one of her guests had merely fallen behind, Samantha turned to call the person into the room but saw no one. Then, as her eyes adjusted to the darkened hallway, she did see something. The form of a small, dark person slowly emerged, gliding around a corner. Samantha quickly stepped around the corner and again saw nothing but heard yet another deep sigh. She felt sure it was the tiny form of Sarah Winchester herself, perhaps peeved to find people in her favorite bedroom. RETURN TO PARANORMAL WORLD DATABASE