Hey all, there’s a unique event coming up in Hollywood on June 1st that we thought you might be interested in. “Parapsychology in Hollywood” is being held at the historic Hollywood Heritage Museum on June 1st, 2013. The event will be an interactive affair where attendees will have the opportunity to participate in classic ESP (extrasensory perception) and psychokinesis experiments, spoon-bending, table-tipping, remote viewing and more. In addition, there will be lectures/presentations on a wide range of topics that cover a century of research of paranormal abilities, and an E.V.P. / I.T.C. session will be conducted within the museum. For all the details and ticket information, visit: http://www.ghosttown.tv
ATTENTION Los Angeles Paranormal Enthusiasts! We are giving away passes to an advanced movie screening on January 10th, 2013, for Marlon Wayans’ and Open Road Films’ new movie, “A Haunted House,” which promises to be a hilarious spoof of some of your favorite recent paranormal movies.
Check out the trailer here: A Haunted House Trailer — and then head on over to https://www.gofobo.com/rsvp and enter our special code NORMG03Y to grab your passes to the January 10th advance screening WHILE THEY LAST. This movie is sure to kick you in your ghost balls! See you there!
A HAUNTED HOUSE – January 11, 2013
In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other “found footage” movies, A HAUNTED HOUSE features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s Malcolm’s girlfriend who is possessed by a demon. Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship… or, more importantly, his sex life.
CAST: MARLON WAYANS (Scary Movie, White Chicks), CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER (Barbershop), ESSENCE ATKINS (TBS’s Are We There Yet), DAVID KOECHNER (NBC’s The Office), NICK SWARDSON (Just Go With It)
DIRECTOR: Michael Tiddes
PRODUCERS: Rick Alvarez and Marlon Wayans
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Stuart Ford, Deepak Nayar, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Steve Squillante and Lisa Blum
Well, Los Angeles paranormal enthusiasts, friends, fans and curious passersby… we here at Los Angeles Paranormal would be remiss if we didn’t alert you to an upcoming paranormal event that is certain to be of interest.
The local Los Angeles paranormal case known as the “Ghost Writer,” or “Ghost Polaroids,” case has intrigued and fascinated many a folk who may have either read about it or seen it featured on any number of television shows, such as Fox’s “Sightings,” and, more recently, SyFy’s “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.” The case involves a home located in the exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood of Mt. Washington – a home in which mysterious messages have appeared on polaroid photos taken over the course of a number of years.
Now, Los Angeles paranormal enthusiasts are being offered the unique opportunity to not only meet one of the long-time residents of the home and see the original polaroids firsthand, but to actually visit the Mt. Washington home as part of a special, 2-night only event, October 26th and 27th, 2012.
To learn more about the “Ghost Polaroids” case and to find out all the details of this one-of-a-kind event, visit http://www.ghosttown.tv or click on the poster below:
Attention fans of Paranormal State and Psychic Kids. Check out Coffey Talk With Chip Coffey April 3, 2012 @ The Millenium Biltmore, Los Angeles, CA. Chip Coffey is the star of A&E’s Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal and the author of “Growing Up Psychic.”
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Attention horror movie fans in Los Angeles! Open Road Films is holding an advanced screening of their upcoming horror film, SILENT HOUSE, starring Elizabeth Olsen – and you, our dear readers, have an exclusive opportunity to attend.
We love it when our readers get free “swag” – especially of the scary movie screener variety – and I have to say that if the description and trailer are any indication, the film should be pretty creepy:
“SILENT HOUSE is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family’s secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house. Directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, SILENT HOUSE uses meticulous camera choreography to take the audience on a tension-filled, real time journey, experienced in a single uninterrupted shot.”
Wait, what’s that you say? Real time and one continuous take? Really? This I have to see…
Oh, and here’s the trailer:
The screening is Monday, March 5th at the AMC 16 in Burbank and is FREE – but only to the first 50 folks who grab passes HERE . Just follow the link, click Get a Pass, print it off and bring to the theatre.
So, let’s all grab some popcorn and get freaked out together. See you there!
Our friends Bill and Anita Murphy (GhostTown.tv) have kindly invited us to speak at an upcoming event they are hosting at the historic Glen Tavern Inn March 23-25th – and it should prove to be a uniquely fun and fascinating weekend. Bill is one of the hosts of the SyFy Channel’s “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files,” and he’s a geek (in a good way) for new technology – especially of the paranormal investigation variety, so no doubt there will be some cool new gadgets to check out. Attendees will of course have the opportunity to investigate the historically haunted inn during the course of the weekend-long event. But one of the coolest and most unique aspects of this event is that attendees and speakers will also be participating in a new “mind/matter” experiment, as well as exploring the theory of Thought Form Manifestation.
Hold up – what exactly is a “Thought Form?” Well, according to Wikipedia, “A thoughtform is a manifestation of mental energy, also known as a tulpa in Tibetan mysticism. Its concept is related to the Western philosophy and practice of magic.” Hmmm…well that explains everything. Not. But never fear because not only is Bill going to present the results of a previous thoughtform manifestation experiment conducted at the Glen Tavern, but author/researcher David Weatherly is going to give a presentation on tulpas and the history of thoughtforms. David has written numerous books about all kinds of topics from hauntings to UFO’s, but get this – he’s also studied Shamanic and magical traditions with elders from a number of cultures including Tibet, Native America, Europe and Africa.
Other guest speakers include Ghost Hunters International cast member Paul Bradford (Thinking Outside the Box), LiveSciFi.tv’s Tim Wood (Adapting Technology for Paranormal Investigation) and Patrick Langdon (Forensic Photography), Keith Engel of SpecterCam LLC; and Jim Spann (Spirit Photography). In a rare appearance, John Huckert, the occupant of the home of the mysterious “Ghost Writer / Ghost Polaroids” case will be presenting his experiences and rare video of some of the unusual events that surround this intriguing case. As mentioned earlier, Los Angeles Paranormal Association will also be presenting at the event, on the topic of A Journalistic Approach to Paranormal Investigation, and LiveScifi.tv will be live broadcasting portions of the event throughout the weekend.
Oh and one other cool thing – the Glen Tavern Inn will be open for event ticket holders only for the weekend, so we will have the entire hotel to ourselves. Hope you all will join us for this unique experience.
For a detailed itinerary, ticket and accommodation information, click on the flyer below:
Join us for a rare opportunity for a nighttime exploration of the buildings of the Old Los Angeles Plaza on our second paranormal investigation of the Pico House at the El Pueblo De Los Angeles National Monument.
The Pico House was once the most lavish hotel in Southern California and is now a California and National Historic Landmark. Long closed and now part of the El Pueblo De Los Angeles National Monument, the Pico House has had numerous reports of paranormal activity ranging from mysterious footsteps on the upper floors to shadow figures in the inner courtyard.
The investigation is limited to 35 registrants (broken into 4 teams) and will run from 8:00pm-2:00am. Locations include the main Pico House (3 floors plus inner courtyard), the basement and tunnels underneath the Pico House, the Masonic Hall and the Merced Theater (the oldest surviving theater in Los Angeles). We will also have access to explore the courtyard of the Avila Adobe, the oldest house in Los Angeles. Whether you are an armchair paranormal enthusiast, a seasoned paranormal investigator or simply a history buff, you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to delve into Los Angeles’ history from a different point of view, during a 6-hour paranormal investigation of some of the oldest buildings in the city.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Ticket price is $85.00 per person and covers site fees, security and insurance. Event is 6 hours, 8:00pm-2:00am the evening of January 28, 2012. Tickets are non-refundable except in the case of event cancellation. This event is open to adults 18+ only and tickets are being sold in advance on a first come, first served basis. You will receive a confirmation email within 7 days of purchase. No actual ticket will be mailed out – please bring your receipt and confirmation printout for entry.
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More on the Pico House and its hauntings:
PICO HOUSE, 1870
Built by wealthy businessman and one-time governor Don Pio Pico, the Pico House was once the most lavish hotel in the young city of Los Angeles. It opened in 1870 – a transitional time in Los Angeles’ history, when wild-west lawlessness still prevailed. The streets around the plaza were filled with not only businesses and elite members of society, but also brothels, saloons and gambling halls. Many different cultures co-existed within an area of a few blocks, under an atmosphere of racial tension. Vigilance committees or “lynch mobs” were still known to take the law into their own hands, as happened on October 24, 1871, in a riot that become known as the “Chinese Massacre.” On that day, somewhere between 18-23 Chinese men and boys were brutally murdered in and around the Plaza by an angry mob of whites and Mexicans after an Anglo resident was killed in the cross fire between two rival Chinese Tongs.
The area around the Pico House continued to decline, as did Pio Pico’s fortune, and he lost the hotel in 1876. Today, staff have reported unusual activity ranging from mysterious footsteps from the 3rd floor to shadow figures in the inner courtyard.
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MERCED THEATER, 1871
The Merced is the oldest surviving theatre in Los Angeles. Ticket prices ranged from 50 cents in the balcony to $1.00 for main floor seats. The opening attraction was “Fanchon The Little Cricket.”
William Abbott named the venue after his wife Maria Merced (or Mercedes) Garcia. The building had retail on the ground floor (Abbott’s furniture store), the theatre on the second and living space for the Abbott family on the top floor. It was also known as the Teatro Merced and Mercedes Theatre.
The Merced was the center of Los Angeles theatrical activity from 1871 until 1876. The Merced declined after 1876 when the Wood’s Opera House opened four doors south. The Merced closed New Year’s Day 1877 due to the Woods competition as well as a smallpox epidemic.
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THE AVILA ADOBE, 1818
The Avila Adobe was constructed in 1818 by a prominent ranchero, Francisco José Avila, a native of Sinaloa, who was alcalde, or mayor of Los Angeles in 1810. Following Francisco Avila’s death in 1832, his second wife, Encarnación Avila continued to live in the house with her two daughters. The Los Angeles Census of 1844 lists Encarnación Avila, age 40, as a widow living in the house with one daughter. For a brief time, from January 10-19, 1847, the adobe was commandeered as a military headquarters by the invading North American army under Robert Stockton. After Encarnación Avila died in 1855, the home passed to her two daughters, Luisa and Francisca and their husbands, Manuel Garfias and Theodore Rimpau. Francisca and Theodore Rimpau and their nine children continued to live in the adobe from 1855 to 1868 until they moved to Anaheim, California where Theodore served as the first mayor. From 1868 to the early 1920s, the adobe was rented and used as a restaurant, rooming house for transients, or was frequently vacant. The condition of the building deteriorated and was finally condemned in 1926 by the City Health Department, which caught the attention of Christine Sterling, who began a public campaign to save the adobe. Today, the Avila Adobe is open to the public as a museum and is furnished as it might have appeared in the late 1840s.
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The town of Goldfield, Nevada sprang up rather quickly upon the discovery of gold there in 1902. It soon became the largest town in Nevada; a thriving mecca for adventurous miners, rowdy cowboys and old west entrepreneurs alike. During Goldfield’s boomtown heyday, several grand buildings were erected, including the now notoriously haunted Goldfield Hotel and the less famous but equally as imposing (and reportedly haunted) Goldfield High School. While many of Goldfield’s buildings were destroyed in a series of fires in 1923 and 1924, both the Goldfield Hotel and the Goldfield High School survived and remained operational for some time after the boom.
Built in 1907, the Goldfield High School remains an impressive stone and brick structure that sits virtually in the shadow of its infamously haunted cousin. The last graduating class there was the class of 1952. The school was abandoned in 1953 due to structural issues and has been standing empty ever since. And while one might marvel today at the buildings endurance over all these years, it’s impossible to miss the warping and bowing of the wooden staircase leading to the front doors, the crumbling brick and plaster and the sagging of the right hand side of the building. There are entire walls missing, covered only with plasterboard and wooden support beams. Because of an odd architectural flaw that diverted rainwater under the building, rather than away from it, if left to its own devices, the Goldfield High School will soon collapse upon itself.
There have been efforts by the Goldfield Historical Society to save this beautifully decaying relic of the past. They have received grants from the National Park Service Save America’s Treasure’s program as well as the National Trust for Historic Preservation. These funds, along with private donations, helped to provide initial emergency stabilization for the building. However, further stabilization and restoration are needed to save it. To learn more about the current status of the Goldfield High School, and to find out how you can help, visit the website for the Goldfield Historical Society.
Rumors of ghosts residing within the walls of the Goldfield High School have centered around the spirit of a young girl. This past summer, we were able to tour and photograph the school, and we found the building to be a beautiful time capsule of Nevada and American history. It is our plan to hold a fundraiser and ghost hunt for the high school in the spring of 2012. Tours of the school can be arranged by contacting Dominic Pappalardo at Dominicp@frontier.com
See also: Golden Ghost: The Goldfield Hotel
Two years ago, while on a road trip through the Nevada desert, we stopped in at the Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah, Nevada and peeked inside through the beveled glass of a side door. Built during the early 20th Century boom years of Nevada’s mining industry, back when Tonopah was known as “The Queen of the Silver Camps,” the old hotel and saloon had long been closed and was, at the time, for sale.
The hotel having long been rumored to be haunted, my traveling companions (Grant and Brian) and I had heard about the “lady in red” who reportedly haunts the 5th floor. The accounts of who she was in life range from her having been a prostitute murdered in a jealous rage to a stage girl who collapsed during a performance, never to awaken. Other ghostly stories revolve around a pair of miners who are said to haunt the basement.
Standing outside the shuttered Mizpah Hotel that day in 2009, peeking in through any available crevice and gazing up beyond the windows of the 5th floor to the distinctive red sign on the roof, we wanted in… and we wanted in bad. But, it was not to be at that time. We had tried contacting the real estate agent handling the sale but were not able to obtain permission to go inside.
Fast-forward two years. We once again arrive in Tonopah, Nevada, this time as guests of a special pre-opening event of the Mizpah Hotel. We’d be spending two nights inside the hotel, with access to roam freely throughout the entire building for as long as we wanted. This was quite the turnaround from our first visit and needless to say, we were stoked!
The event was organized by Virginia Ridgway, along with author Janice Oberding and it was made possible by the gracious new owners of the hotel, Fred and Nancy Cline, who are in the final stages of renovations to the property as I type this. Guests of the event included paranormal and history enthusiasts from around the country.
Upon arrival, we were given room keys to our well-appointed (although not quite finished) hotel rooms and so the weekend began. We had plenty of time to explore the hotel during both daylight and nighttime hours. The hotel staff shared stories with us of their own experiences with ghostly phenomena at the Mizpah, including one story about the ghost of a young girl being spotted in the elevator.
Our investigations focused mainly on the 5th floor and basement areas. We did have some interesting experiences in the basement. One investigator was overcome by a feeling of being “rushed” by an unseen force and a few minutes later we heard an unexplained breathy voice(?). See the video here: Mizpah Hotel Investigation – Los Angeles Paranormal
During the course of the weekend, we ventured to another part of the Mizpah property – the annex building across the parking lot. As we learned, this building formerly housed a bowling alley and a saloon – and is also home to reports of paranormal activity. A worker there told us that he often hears unexplained noises from the basement at night. He also shared with us a story of another employee who quit his post there after being “pushed” by an unseen force. We briefly investigated the basement of this annex building and at one point we thought we could hear children’s voices, but we determined that the noise was likely from the street. Otherwise, we didn’t experience anything out of the ordinary during our short visit there, pending review of our audio/video recordings.
A fascinating highlight of the weekend came when Central Nevada Museum director Allen Metscher gave us a private tour of Tonopah’s abandoned and “cursed” Army Air Field and its decaying hangars. The Tonopah air base was once one of the Army Air Force’s largest World War II training bases. Sadly, during it’s operation from 1942-1945, 110 servicemen lost their lives there – mostly due to P-39 and B-24 plane crashes. This particularly high number of casualties and accidents led to the Air Field’s reputation as being cursed.
Mr. Metscher has a wealth of knowledge about Nevada history, including the history of Tonopah and the neighboring town of Goldfield. In fact, in speaking with him after the tour, he was able to shed some light on a few documented deaths that occurred within the Mizpah Hotel throughout its history. These included multiple documented suicides within the hotel.
Also during the weekend, we took a quick tour of a historic home known colloquially as “The Castle,” where past owners were known for conducting seances and where another miner’s ghost is thought to reside.
The overall experience of the weekend in Tonopah was fantastic. We felt very lucky to have had the opportunity to explore these historic locations and learn as much as we did about their history. Did we document the ghost of Lady in Red or the miners in the basement or perhaps one of their lesser known counterparts?
We can’t say with certainty. But we did visit with them for awhile… and we enjoyed their company.
To book the Mizpah Hotel, visit: http://mizpahhotel.net
For more information on the Army Air Field, visit the Central Nevada Museum: Central Nevada Museum Website
There is a hotel in the Nevada desert that has stood guest-less for over 60 years, looming over the once prosperous and bustling boom-town of Goldfield. Aptly named the Goldfield Hotel, this stone and brick behemoth of the desert happens to be very haunted.
It was built on the site where two previous incarnations had burned to the ground. Phoenix rising from the dust in gleaming granite and brick glory during a gold-fueled, wild-west heyday. But no sooner than the hotel was built did the gold start to dry up and the town begin to die. And the once-lavish hotel began to fade away. Still, despite a series of fires and floods that have ravaged the town over time, the Goldfield Hotel remains; a little rough around the edges, but virtually unscathed after all these years. The strong, silent type with a mysterious past.
Many ghosts are said to haunt the Goldfield, including that of a young woman named Elizabeth, who, as the story goes, was a prostitute that became pregnant with the hotel owner’s child and was subsequently chained to a radiator in Room 109 and left for dead – her baby reportedly thrown into the mine shaft that runs underneath the hotel. But Elizabeth is only one of many spirits thought to roam the long, dark hallways of this stone oasis of sorts. In fact, the hotel is claimed by psychics to be one of 7 portals to the other side. Its haunted reputation has additionally been fueled by TV and film coverage from shows like FOX’s “Scariest Places on Earth” and the “Ghost Adventures” documentary and series.
To enter the Goldfield Hotel is to be swallowed up by a living, breathing entity. Gulp. Smack. And there you are, in the belly of the beast. Inside, the air is thick with ancient dust, creating an otherworldly lens through which the outside world disappears. An initial calm gives way almost immediately to an uneasy certainty that you are being watched by a host of unidentified eyes. Eyes that have known this place for a very long time. And you know that not only are they watching you, but they knew you were coming. The quiet air of the lobby is filled with an awkward politeness and you are keenly aware of your own presence – a stranger in a strange land.
Walking the long, empty hallways of the upper floors and poking into what were once elegant guest rooms, you can almost hear music from a long gone era and almost see the members of the old west elite who once leisured here. Your eyes can’t help but flitter back and forth on the lookout for a shadowy figure that you half expect to see duck into a doorway. Even a skeptic of the supernatural might find themselves quickening their pace back to the central staircase, having caught an unshakeable feeling that someone is behind them.
*Note – The Goldfield Hotel does not allow visitors without prior permission and attempted trespassers will be prosecuted.