Top Five Haunted Places in Los Angeles

You might be surprised to learn that sunny Los Angeles has more than its fair share of ghosts, haunted houses, hotels, and even haunted ships. Murders, whether accidental or intentional lead to restless spirits. So if looking to spot or feel the presence of one of these ghostly phenomena, then head to one of these five haunted spots in and around Los Angeles.

1. Queen Mary
The illustrious Queen Mary, now docked in Long Beach, was impressive in its day having its maiden voyage in 1936 from Southampton, England. During World War II, the ship was turned into a troop transport ship, nicknamed the "Grey Ghost" and carried up to 16,000 soldiers. In 1947, she resumed her leisure duties for approximately 20 more years. With this type of history, the Queen Mary witnessed numerous deaths, whose participants still haunt the corridors. There is a sailor who died in the engine room, a "lady in white" around the hallways, and children who died in the pool. Voted one of the best Haunted Places in America, the Queen Mary has daily "Haunted Encounter" tours and special Halloween events.

2. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
As the longest continuing operating hotels in Los Angeles, the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is one of the most iconic hotels housing ghosts in Los Angeles. Opened in 1927 by Hollywood legends Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Louis B. Mayer and Sid Grauman, the Roosevelt naturally attracts a Hollywood-type of ghost. Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Errol Flynn, plus a young girl named Caroline are said to haunt the hotel. Monroe is said to haunt Room 1200, where she stayed, while faucets and lights are said to mysteriously turn on and off.

3. Greystone Mansion
Nestled on 12. 5 acres overlooking the city of Los Angeles, Edward Doheny built the elegant 55-room Greystone Mansion for his wife and two children in 1929. Within five months of moving in, Doheny died from a gunshot wound as did his personal friend and aid, Hugh Plunket. It's long been a mystery of who shot whom in this murder/suicide, or even if a jealous wife was involved, but of course their ghosts roam the mansion. By the way, it's worth it to tour the elegant stone mansion when it opens for a hosted special event even if you miss seeing an apparition.

4. Pico House - El Pueblo de Los Angeles
At the center of old Los Angeles in the 1800's and now part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, is the Pico House, a 33-room hotel built by Pio Pico, former Mexican Governor of Alta California (now California). Although in the 1800's the area was culturally vibrant, it also was the center of numerous violent events. For instance, the Chinese Massacre of 1871 saw approximately 20 Chinese men and boys murdered outside the plaza of the hotel. Perhaps these ghostly victims are those who are sighted during tours, or maybe it is Pico himself walking around the hallways and balconies heard by security guards and personnel.

5. Culver Studios
Renowned silent filmmaker Thomas Ince created both the Triangle Motion Picture Company (now Sony Studios), and one mile east, Culver Studios. Ince, who produced over 800 films from 1910 to his untimely death in 1924, is said to haunt Culver Studios around his original office and conference room. For those interested in the macabre, Ince met his demise on the yacht of William Randolph Hearst. His death was ruled as heart failure, but witnesses said he was shot by Hearst who was actually aiming for Charlie Chaplin, who Hearst thought was flirting with his mistress Marion Davies.

Author's bio: Lori Huck works in television development as well as writes on entertainment, travel and the arts. She's a fan of the vibrant arts scene in Los Angeles and is a member of various film, television, and arts organizations.

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