Ghosts of Los Feliz
Between the film industry and the city’s dark history, Los Angeles has a unique blend of creepy sights both real (well, as real as you believe ghosts to be) and imagined for the silver screen. Here are a few spooky sites in the Los Feliz area, including an abandoned mansion, a zoo haunted by ghostly animals and the House On Haunted Hill.
The Ghosts Of Griffith Park Los Angeles’ living residents love Griffith Park for hiking, horseback riding and picnicking, and it would appear that the undead do too. The 4,217 acre park is the alleged home of several spirits: People have claimed to see Don Antonio Feliz, who owned the park’s land in the mid-1800s when it was Rancho Los Feliz, riding on ghostly horseback with his niece Dona Petranilla. The ghost of Col. Griffith J. Griffith is also said to enjoy a horse ride around his former property. Additionally, the ghost of silent film actress Peg Entwistle has been spotted haunting the Hollywood Sign. Entwistle famously killed herself in 1932 by jumping from the sign’s “H.” Meanwhile, at the Old L. A. Zoo, ghostly animal noises are said to be heard at night.
Lassens This health store is apparently popular with the dearly departed. When the store was Nature Mart, one staff member went to use the employee bathroom, which was unlocked, and walked in on someone already using the facilities. She waited patiently for the person to leave, but after minutes of waiting, she opened the door to discover the windowless room was vacant. When the store became Lassen’s, another employee reportedly watched overnight security camera footage from inside the store of something turning the pages, sometimes several pages at a time, of a large encyclopedia style vitamin reference book. According to the employee, there was no air movement at the time as other papers near the reference book remained still. 2080 Hillhurst Ave.
The Ennis House: While not haunted, Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1924 masterwork has appeared in many films. The house’s exterior played the title role in the 1959 B-movie House On Haunted Hill. Other on screen appearances include Blade Runner and episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. 2607 Glendower Ave.
The Tam O’Shanter Inn It’s not surprising that one of L. A.’s oldest restaurants might be haunted. The 1922 inn’s “Bonnie Prince Charlie” room is supposedly home to the apparition of a child and a spectral dinner party. According to the Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles (GHOULA) one bartender says patrons have claimed to see the ghost of famed Scottish poet, Robert Burns, though he blames a different kind of spirit for those sightings. 2980 Los Feliz Blvd.
Dodger Stadium According to Mickey Bradley and Dan Gordon’s 2007 book Haunted Baseball, Dodger employees have seen a shrieking woman in white falling down the cliff on the edge of the parking lot facing downtown. It’s said this spirit was part of a honeymooning couple who were enjoying the view from the hill before taking a wrong step. Additionally, part of the parking lot was built on the former site of Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery, the city’s first Jewish cemetery. Don’t worry, the bodies were moved decades before the Dodgers came to town. 1000 Elysian Park Ave.
The Snowden House Dr. George Hodel owned this Lloyd Wright (Frank’s son) designed home from 1945 to 1951. In the 2003 book Black Dahlia Avenger, ex-LAPD detective Steve Hodel accused his father, George, of torturing, murdering and dissecting “Black Dahlia” Elizabeth Short in the house in January 1947. 5121 Franklin Ave.
The Sanders House This classic 1887 Victorian house was built for a local warehouse operator named Michael Sanders. However, its big break didn’t come for nearly a century when it made a creepy cameo at the end of Michael Jackson’s 1983 music video for “Thriller.” The house has also appeared in Charmed and Teen Witch. 1345 Carroll Ave.
The Perelson House On the evening of December 7th, 1959 Dr. Harold Perelson killed his wife, brutally attacked his 18-year-old daughter and then killed himself by drinking a vial of acid. As strange as this story is, the real mystery came after the murder: The “Los Feliz Murder Mansion” as it has become popularly known has sat vacant for 56 years. Though the house was purchased in 1960, the new owners never moved in, and their son now watches the property. Internet trespassers have reported that holiday wrapping paper and other late-50s artifacts are still in the living room, as is the Perelson’s original furniture. 2475 Glendower Place.
Taix According to GHOULA, Echo Park’s landmark French restaurant is haunted by a specter in a white shirt that is seen in the kitchen and basement in the morning hours before the restaurant opens. Details are scarce, but speculation is the ghost could be anyone from a longtime employee or Noah Botwin who owned the location when it was Botwin’s Café. 1911 W. Sunset Blvd.