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#1 Captain Kundalini

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Posted 27 October 2004 - 06:56 PM

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Like many cities, Los Angeles and surrounding environs are haunted. Hollywood is even moreso, for in no other city has the draw of fame, fortune and and worldwide admiration been so prevailent. But for every story of success, there are at least 100 stories of failure which culminated in the death of a dream or the death of the dreamer.
It is here that you will find those stories. The Hear...that is, Limo which will take us on the tour is just around the corner.

I've heard from my contact in LA that Rudolph Valentino still haunts his former estate, Falcon's Lair, as well as Hollywood Forever Cemetery (in the Cathedral Mausoleum where he is interred in crypt 1205) because he had unfinished business at the time of his death. He was set to star in a movie called "The Hooded Falcon" to play the part of "El Cid". This was his obsession. The project fell apart when his wife and fellow Producer of the movie, Natacha Rambova, suddenly left him. This must have been what lead to his perforated ulcer which finally resulted in his death. He died on August 23, 1926 with his dog Kabar (a Great Dane) by his bedside. The story goes that when Valentino's spirit passed into the Afterlife, the dog began to howl mournfully. Any time anyone tried to come near his dead master, he menaced them by growling and barking at them. The dog was finally over powered and Valentino's body was shipped from New York City back to Hollywood where his emaciated body lay in state for his thousands of fans to view. Ever since his death, a mysterious Lady In Black has made visits to his crypt to leave roses. To this day, no one knows the true identity of the original LIB, though some speculate that it was Valentino's first wife. Valentino's restless ghost has also been seen walking the studio lot of Paramount Studios which is right behind Hollywood Forever.. A Security Guard once reported seeing a man of about 30 years of age walking on the studio grounds after the studio was closed. He told the man that the studio was closed, so the man tipped his hat to the guard and walked thru the wall...back into the cemetery.
In regard to Valentino's dog, Kabar, he too haunts the cemetery where he rests, the Los Angeles Pet Cemetery where Hollywood Celebs have buried their beloved pets. Petey, the cute dog from "The Little Rascals" rests there, as does Mary Pickford's dog and Hopalong Cassidy's Horse. It is Kabar, Valentino's Great Dane, who does the most haunting here, however. Kabar died in 1929, three years after his master. Its ghost is playful and has been reported being heard panting or even licking those who wander near his grave.

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Posted 27 October 2004 - 07:02 PM

It is at the world famous Mann's Chinese Theater, located just across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel that the ghost of actor Victor Killian, known for his role as the Fernwood Flasher in "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", roams the sidewalk and courtyard... looking for the man who murdered him. His career in movies and television spanned half a century. According to Police reports, Killian met a man at a nearby bar in March of 1979. After a few drinks, Killian invited the man back up to his apartment. Killian's bludgeoned corpse was discovered the next morning. Another source says that Mr. Killian came home to his apartment to discover a burglary in progress. He was beaten to death by the burglars.
His killer remains at large and the case remains unsolved.

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Posted 27 October 2004 - 07:05 PM

Hollywood Forever, formerly known as Hollywood Memorial Park (located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd), famous for its Permanent Celebrity Residents, had become a desolate ruin, especially after being extensively damaged by the Northridge Earthquake in 1994. It became a horrific disgrace, displaying crumbling walls that exposed open crypts, broken glass, rotting wood (Coffins?) and extensive water damage. There were also reports of the stench of decay.The chief architect of this scandal was Jules Roth, a con man, a liar and a thief who stole money from endowment funds and had a wet bar in his cemetery office. He cared nothing for the cemetery or its legendary clients. He forced the cemetery into bankruptcy and some people who were buried there, were exhumed by their surviving relatives and taken to another cemetery. Max Factor was one such person. The State of California brought the Owners up on charges and threatened the Cemetery with closure. However, in 1998 a man named Tyler Cassity bought the property for under $400,000.00 and not only made repairs to the place, but also modernized it, bringing it into the 20th Century with the latest technology and gimmicks such as Living Memory, Interviews, Biographical Movies and Webcasts of Funeral Services!
Hollywood Forever even has its own website now, The Forever Network can be found here.

And, of course, there are ghosts here. One day, a man was searching for a certain celeb gravesite in the Abbey Of the Psalms Mausoleum. He asked a quaint looking, old gentleman whom he saw standing in the Foyer where this persons grave was. The man gave directions. When the other turned around to thank the man, he was gone! He gave a description of the man to a Cemetery Employee and was told that it was Mr. Clifton Webb....who had died of a heart attack in 1966!
The other ghost at Hollywood Forever is not one that you will see, but you might hear it. It has been said that if you wander near the grave of tragic starlet, Virginia Rappe, you will hear a ghostly weeping. She died at the tender age of 25 due to Generalized peritonitis. However, because she had died after a wild party attended by comedic actor Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, it was thought she had been murdered. Arbuckle was charged with the murder. He was tried for the crime <i>three times</i> and acquitted each time.
However, his career was irrevocably ruined.
Rudolph Valentino, who died in 1926 of a ruptured appendix, a perforated ulcer and peritonitis is interred in the Cathedral Mausoleum. A grand tomb was planned for his final resting place and Valentino's body was placed in a temporary crypt until it could be built. Unfortunately, Rudy owed back taxes which set the building of the tomb back about three years.
Then, another setback occurred on October 24, 1929. The Stock Market <i>crashed</i> and the world wide Depression began. The tomb was never built. Valentino still rests in that temporary crypt to this very day.
It has been reported that his ghost has been seen walking thru the rear wall of the cemetery and onto the lot at Paramount Studios, where he has also been seen. According to eye witnesses, he looks around, seems confused and then walks back thru the wall and back into the cemetery. Perhaps his confusion stems from the passage of Time and the changes that have taken place in our world since then. He has also been seen at his former home, known as the Falcon's Lair.

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Posted 27 October 2004 - 07:14 PM

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The very name speaks of Hollywood Royalty (if there is such a thing). The Barrymore Family of actors has existed for over 4 generations, and as you all know, continues with the celebrated career of the newest addition to that fabled dynasty: Drew Barrymore.

Visitors to the Barrymore mansion during the 1970's frequently reported seeing the ghosts of John, Lionel, and Ethyl. In addition to these famous apparitions, the estate is haunted by the ghost of a man who died in a cable car accident on the property.

Another unusual incident involved an old cuckoo clock that belonged to John Barrymore. When John died, his friend Gene Fowler decided to position the hands of the broken clock at the time of his friend's death as a sort of tribute. When he went to set the clock, however, Fowler discovered that the hands on the clock were already at 10:20 p.m., which was the exact moment of John Barrymore's death.

But the adventures of the late John Barrymore did not end with his death. While Barrymore's body awaited burial in the funeral home, a few of Barrymore's friends got together in the dead of night and went out to the funeral home. Once there, they gave the attanding mortician a rather large amount of money to look the other way and to keep his mouth shut while the friends stole Barrymore's body! They took the body to the house of Errol Flynn, sat him down in his favorite chair in the parlor, put a drink in his hand....and left the house!!

Later that same night, Flynn returned to his house from a night on the town. Still grieving for his friend, Flynn decided to retire to the Parlor to drink to his friend before retireing for the night. He went into the parlor, turned the lights on and turned around to see John Barrymore, sitting in his favorite chair with a drink in his hand and his eyes open. Scared wittless, Flynn fled from the house, aghast!

Barrymore's body was returned to the Mortuary under extremely tight security to make sure that the Papers didn't find out. The perpatrators of the theft of Barrymore's body got their hands slapped and were scolded by the Judge, but the case was completely forgotten. Money no doubt changed hands again.
Barrynore's body was eventually taken to the family cemetery in Pennsylvania and reinterred there.

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Posted 28 October 2004 - 12:05 AM

My favorite topic returns to GStudy. Welcome back Cap!

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Posted 28 October 2004 - 04:58 PM

QUOTE(TomCat @ Oct 28 2004, 03:05 AM)
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Posted 28 October 2004 - 05:05 PM

It was in June of 1932 that director Paul Bern married actress, Jean  Harlow.
Four months later, on September 5, the marriage ended.
Paul Bern had shot himself in the head with a .38 calibre pistol.
The butler had found his nude body in the bathroom on the floor in front of the full length mirror.
Flash forward to 1968. A well respcted Hollywood hairstylist lived in
the old house and was dating a young starlet who had moved to LA from Texas.
One day he asked her to house sit for him while he went out of town on
business for a day or two. She agreed. That night, while she slept, she was
awakened by a loud noise. She turned on the light and saw a man in the
bedroom. He was ransacking the place as if looking for something important. He turned and looked at the young woman and that was when she recognized him. She also saw the bullet hole in his head next to his right temple and it was spirting blood. It was Paul Bern!!! The young woman fled from the bedroom, but as she got to the top of the stairs, she was met by an even more ghastly sight. Tied to the newel post at the bottom of the stairs...was her lover. His throat had been cut from ear to ear and was gushing blood!! The noises in the bedroom of Paul Bern's ghost got louder. Overcome by the horrors she had seen she fainted. The next day, her lover returned from his trip and she told him of the horrific apparitions she had seen the night before. He tried to comfort her and dismissed them. Little did they know that what she saw was a terrifying warning of the horrific fate which awaited them both almost one year later.....at the muderous hands of the Manson Family. The man's name was Jay Sebring. The woman was Sharon Tate.

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Posted 28 October 2004 - 05:07 PM

Superman's Ghost and the Superman Curse

The former estate of actor George Reeves is also allegedly haunted.
Reeves played the part of "Superman" in the 1950's and committed suicide (or was murdered, depending on who you talk to or what you read) on the night of June 16, 1959 during a party at his home. (Hmph, some party!) His ghost was reportedly seen by a ten year old boy who wandered onto the property and was scolded for doing so by "Superman". Another time, while a couple who had just bought the mansion and moved in were having an intimate encounter in the master bedroom, the ghost of George Reeves slowly appeared at the foot of their bed...in full Superman costume, grinned at them and then slowly faded away. They were scared witless and proceeded to get the hell out of the house! (Not a bad idea!)

HOLLYWOOD, California (Variety) -- With Paul Walker the latest to drop out of the running to play the title role in the new "Superman" movie for Warner Bros. (Josh Hartnett turned it down earlier), a question comes to mind:

Isn't this supposed to be the role actors would die for?
Not if you talk to talent agents. Frequently suspicious, they are rarely superstitious -- and yet, some raise the "Curse of Superman" as a reason the Brett Ratner-directed picture seems to be having trouble finding the Man of Steel.

What is the curse? While everyone knows the misfortune that came to paralyze Christopher Reeve, the nervous breakdown suffered by Margot Kidder, her rollover in an SUV in Canada and the multiple sclerosis that struck Richard Pryor; many others connected to "Superman" have suffered. During the filming of "Superman: The Movie", a stuntman, Terry Hill and an electrician, John Bodimeade were both killed. Kirk Alyn played bit parts and minor supporting roles in several low-budget films before getting his big break playing the title role in the 1948 serial "Superman." But after the serial ended, he failed to sustain a film career and retired to Arizona.
George Reeves, who played the role of Superman in a TV series and several movies in the 1950s, was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head in 1959. The cause of death was listed as suicide, though controversy swirled around the death: Reeves' prints were never found on the gun, and he'd been having an affair with the wife of MGM exec Eddie Mannix.
The first cartoon "Superman" was voiced by Bud Collyer from 1941-43. He went on to have a fine career in TV, creating and hosting the game show "To Tell the Truth." But he returned to the role to voice "The New Adventures of Superman" for CBS in 1966 -- and three years later, he was dead of a circulatory ailment.

Update: Christopher Reeve developed a pressure wound which became severely infected. He had a heart attack on Oct. 10, 2004, slipped into a coma and passed away at the age of 52.
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Posted 28 October 2004 - 05:22 PM

Another one of Hollywood's most infamous and still unsolved crimes is the murder or suicide of actress Thelma Todd. She was born on July 29, 1906 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. After graduating from colledge, she became a teacher who also took a job as a model. She caught the attention of some Hollywood Talent Scouts and moved out to California. It wasn't long before she was recognised as a genuine talent and not just for her good looks. Her friends called her "Hot Toddy". But on the morning of Monday, December 16, 1935, her maid found her facedown in the seat of her Packard Automobile, cold and dead. The engine of the car was still running. She was 29 years old.

One of the chief suspects was the man who drove her home on the last night of Thelma's life. That man was director Ronald West.

That fateful night, she had been at a party thrown by Ida Lupino, a relative newcomer to Hollywood, and it had the makings of a blow-out Hollywood event. The guest list was vast and unfortunately included Thelma’s ex-husband, Pat DiCicco. After a few drinks, Thelma and DiCicco exchanged some heated words, which made Thelma drink even more. By the early morning hours of Sunday, she had downed more than her share of alcohol. Luckily, she a driver to take her home.

As she prepared to leave, Roland West, who was at the apartment over the cafe, received a phone call from theater owner Sid Grauman saying that Thelma was a “bit under the influence” and was on her way home. Grauman suggested that West see her safely into bed. But sometime between the telephone call and Monday morning, Thelma Todd died in the garage of West’s house on Pasetano Road.

According to Forensics, when Thelma Todd was found, her hair was matted, a false tooth had been knocked out of her mouth and there were blood spatters on her skin and dress. Despite the evidence which pointed to Murder, her death was ruled a suicide. She lay in state in a casket filled with yellow roses and was then laid to rest at Bellvue Cenetery in her hometown. But even as her casket was lowered into the ground forever, the scandal surrounding her mysterious death continued.

Who wanted her dead, and why? She had opened an eatery with Ronald West called Thelma Todd's Roadside Rest Cafe which was located on Pacific Coast Highway just under the Pallisades. It was a place frequented by stars and fans alike. On the last day of her life, the cafe was also visited by notorious gangster, "Lucky" Luciano. He had been on the prowl for an establishment that could house a casino, and it looked like Thelma's place could be a perfect front. He made her an offer....and she refused. Was it that refusal which cost Thelma her life? No one will ever know.

Meanwhile, the owners of what was once a Roadside Cafe have experienced strange occurences in their place of business: Cold spots, missing items, the feeling of being watched....and the sounds of footsteps coming up the long cliffside stairs, footsteps belonging to something....or someone unseen.
Some believe it to be Thelma's ghost. Is she replaying the last tragic hours of her life as does a tragic heroine in a Hollywood Melodrama...or is she hoping that her earthbound spirit will one day point the way to a clue regarding what really happened on the night of her death?
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Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:06 PM

Once again, it is time to go through the door and into the darkness.
There is an examining table up ahead and something tells me that there is something on it, something that once was alive. Shall I pull back the sheet which covers it? I'll just....No? Very well. We shall leave this behind for now and go deeper into the vault. There is a light around the bend of the corridor. Come.

The Comedy Store - No Laughing Matter

On the Sunset Strip, in the heart of Hollywood, there once was a high class joint called Ciro's. It offered top entertainment and catered to the rich and famous, being one of the busiest hangouts for successful, well-known film industry people from both sides of the camera. But beneath the glitter of this place, there lurked beneath its surface, a dark side. One of the people that also frequented Ciro's was none other than Mickey Cohen, said to be the successor to Benjamin "Bugsy" Segal. If people thought that "Bugsy" was a force to be reckoned with, it was even moreso with Cohen. He was said to shake the place down on a weekly basis and those unfortunate enough to cross him usually were taken down into the basement, beaten to a pulp and then fitted with a new coat of concrete.

Is the place, which is now called "The Comedy Store" haunted? You bet! It is said to be haunted by at least five ghosts which have manifested themselves by moving chairs, messing with the lights or even appearing to startled employees or patrons.

One comic that had more than one encounter wtih the ghosts was Sam Kinison. The ghosts hated him and would do anything they could to disrupt his shows. Loud, ghostly chanting could be heard at times saying, "It's him! It's him!!! It's him!!! They also messed with the sound system and the lights and such. One night, Sam got so annoyed with the ghosts that he challenged them to show themselves. All the lights went out, plunging the place into darkness!

No one goes down into the basement because it is said that something dark and malevolent dwells down there. A Security Guard once went down there to investigate a noise and heard a low, animalistc growling at around 3AM. Then, to his astonishment, something hit the basement door so hard from the other side that the door bowed outwards. The Guard didn't stick around to see what it was. He was off!

The Comedy Store is located at 8433 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.
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Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:09 PM

Marilyn Monroe.

When people hear her name, the words that come to mind are beauty, talent, Hollywood Icon, Sex Symbol and Tragedy.
To this day, no one outside a certain circle of people knows what really happened to Marilyn Monroe in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 5, 1962. Whatever happened, one thing was known: Marilyn Monroe was dead. It is inevitable that when her name is mentioned, the same question is asked:

How did she die?

There are several scenarios as to how she met her end:

1: Deliberate self-administered drug overdose.

2: Accidental, self-administered drug overdose

3: Accidental drug overdose administered by Eunice Murray by enema.

4: Accidental death due to Dr Greenson giving her injection in heart.

5: Deliberate overdose administered by Greenson or by Murray at Greenson's instruction.

6: Deliberate overdose administered by Robert Kennedy and/or/with other accomplices (possibly federal agents) present.

7. She was paid an unexpected visit my the Mob.

On Wednesday, August 8th 1962, she was laid to rest in Crypt 24 in an invitation only funeral ceremony in the Corridor of Memories at a small, nondiscript cemetery called Westwood Memorial Park in Westwood Village.
(It has since become known as one of the many Cemeteries of the Stars in Los Angeles.)
Now comes another question. Is Marilyn at rest or does her spirit wander the Earth, visiting from time to time her old hang-outs?
There is a large mirror in the lobby of the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel that Marilyn used quite frequently. One evening, while a Housekeeper was cleaning up in the general area, she happened to glance in the mirror. Reflected back at her was her own reflection....along with that a a beautiful blond lady in elegent dress. She turned around....and saw no one. She shrugged it off and continued with her cleaning, until she saw the blond in the mirror again. She turned around and no one was there. After she saw the apparition a third time, she quit her job. Her presence has also been felt (and she has been seen) in the Cinegrill Cafe (part of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel), especially in the booth she used to sit in.
Her ghost has also been seen at the Hotel Knickerbocker, where she would sneak in through the kitchen to meet her future husband, Joe DiMaggio. Her ghost has been seen, specifically in the Coffee House.
There has also been a strange green mist reported in the front of Marilyn's crypt. In an odd bit of synchronicity, the name of her Doctor was Dr Greenson. Could she be pointing out the name of her alleged killer?

Those who I know for sure are all gone.

Eunice Murray: Dead
Dr. Greenson: Dead
J. Edgar Hoover: Dead
JFK: Dead
RFK: Dead
Peter Lawford: Dead (allegedly the last person she called before she died)

If anyone knows the truth, that one man is Dr. Thomas Noguchi, LA Deputy Medical Examiner and the one who did the autopsy on Marilyn Monroe. But he isn't talking. If he is still alive, he is 78 years old.

Regarding her ghost, a strange mist has been seen in the area just in front of her crypt which no one can explain. Her spirit is not at rest, for obvious reasons.
According to one of my sources in LA, Marilyn'sspirit was contacted during a seance. She tried to communicate that people should stop idolizing her and let go. It is because of this, also, that she cannot cross over into the Light.

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Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:11 PM

If by chance you are invited to the palatial mansion located at 810 Linden Drive in Beverley Hills, be advised that the mansion is haunted by the terrified ghost of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. There is an atmosphere of terror in the front room where Bugsy was lounging, just before a hail of bullets slammed into him. He tried valiantly to escape the gunfire, but the bullets cut him down.
As connected as Bugsy was and as handsome as he was, he was sure to have made a lot of enemies. Logically, it would be reasonable to assume that Virginia set him up. If so, why? What would have been her motive? Money? Threats are also good motivators! Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky might have wanted him dead because technically, the Casino they opened in Vegas flopped on opening night and may have looked at that as a sign of ill omen, thus giving them a reasonable excuse to bump him off.
Another suspect I would name would be Bugsy's immediate successor, Mickey Cohen. He took over operations upon Bugsy's death and he was known for ruling the Los Angeles underworld with an iron fist. Some say he was even more violent that Bugsy. He and a couple of his "boys" dragged a man down to the basement of a place in Hollywood called Ciro's, which at the time was major GLAM and THE place to be seen. Mickey and his boys came back up, but their victim didn't. It's rumored that the victim, after being shot in the head a couple of times, got a concrete blanket to keep him snug. The place is now called The Comedy Store. Is it haunted? Yep!
I don't think that Bugsy's death will ever be solved. I think the reason that Bugsy's murder has gone unsolved for so long is because persons unknown went to a lot of trouble to make sure that it wouldn't be solved. I think that this was accomplished with either an exchange of money or an exchange of lead! Five will get you ten it was a combination of both. I don't even think Bugsy knows, but his ghost, which is said to haunt the former mansion of Virginia Hill and a certain casino or two in Vegas, isn't talking.

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Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:13 PM

One week after getting married to a 20 year old woman named Malika and honeymooning in Hawaii, Comedian Sam Kinison was on his way to Laughlin, Nevada to do a sold out show. It was Friday, April 10, 1992. He and his wife had been driving from LA on I-40 to US-95. After making a turn to head north and heading about 4 miles, Sam's Trans Am was hit head on by a pick-up truck full of drunks, which included the driver.
A witness to the crash called 911 and an EMV was dispatched to the scene. Sam had been sober, something he took great pride in, but he hadn't been wearing a seat belt. His head hit the windshield.
The drunk driver of the truck was more worried about his truck than a human life.
According to witnesses, Sam said, "I don't want to die. I don't want to die." Then he stopped talking for a few seconds and then asked, "But why?" Then, he seemed to understand something and said, "Okay, okay....okay."
As he spoke the last "Okay", he said it softly and with comfort as though he realized it would be for the best and also as if though he were talking to someone he loved very much. He smiled and lost consciousness.
He was taken to the ER at Needles Desert Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

This is where the accident happened.

Sam's Grave

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Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:15 PM

The Haunting of the Chateau Marmont

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   On the evening of Friday,  March 5, 1982, Actor, Singer, Comedian John Belushi got together with several close friends (which included Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro) for a dinner party at "On The Rox", the Restaurant above the famous Roxy Nightclub on Sunset Blvd. After dinner, he invited Williams and DeNiro up to his temporary residence at Bungalow #3 at the Chateau Marmont. It was while there that, at his urging, he was injected with Cocaine and Heroin (a speedball - now, sadly called a Belushi) by Cathy Evelyn Smith (known to some as "Sundown" see the song by Gordon Lightfoot). His friends left while Cathy remained behind with him.
After awhile, John went into the bedroom to lie down for a time, so Cathy left.

Later, John's manager tried to call him at the Bungalow and got no answer, so he went to check up on him. When he entered the bungalow and went into the bedroom, John was blue in the face. Brillstein tried unsuccessfully revive John, but it was too late.
John Belushi was dead. He called Police, Ambulance and then the Medical Examiner's Office. Not long after their arrival, the News Media arrived bringing with them crowds of people who looked on as John's body was carried out of the hotel in a body bag and placed into a van.
It was at that moment that Cathy arrived back on the scene. When she saw what was going on, she turned her car around and fled.

When Dan Aykroyd got the news in NYC that John was dead, he walked all the way to where John had lived with his wife Judith and told her the news.
The Funeral for John Belushi was held in Massachusettes near Martha's Vineyard and he was buried in Chilmark. The funeral was attended by Lorraine Newman, Bill Murry and, of course, Dan Aykroyd of SNL. Dan was in full motorcycle gear.

Sometime later, as a Psychic Medium was trying to make contact with the Dearly Departed in a well known part of Hollywood, she alledgedly came in contact with the spirit of John Belushi, who stated to her that he was just as shocked by his death as everyone else was. Why did he not cross over into the Light? There are several theories, one of which was that he had unfinished business in this life.

Five Years Ago: A woman and her family had to temporarily move out of their home due to renovations so they checked into the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood. Due to problems with the renovation, they ended up staying there for over a year. During this time, late at night they would hear their young son (age 2) alone in his room laughing and giggling to himself. They thought nothing of it as the child is a very outgoing and playful child by nature. When they finally did ask what he was laughing at, the child would only say "the funny man".
So one night  the woman was talking to her friend about all this and her friend mentioned that John Belushi had died in the Chateau and that there were many reports of his spirit still roaming the grounds. A friend of hers did a quick search online and asked her if they are staying in bungalow #3. She said yes. Apparently the family had been living in the same bungalow that John had died in.
Some initial thoughts were to take pictures of various actors and show them to the child to see if he could recognize "the funny man" but, according to the mother, this never came to fruition.
A friend of the boys mother visited the bungalow while they were staying there. It was for a birthday party for the boy and while it was a bit creepy, nothing out of the ordinary was said to have happened.

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To be continued........

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Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:16 PM

The Haunting of the Chateau Marmont: Part II

Three Years Ago: According to a post I got just yesterday from one of the people involved in the investigation into this haunting, I got the following account:

I wanted to respond with an update to this earlier post. I just had dinner with my friend over the weekend. Her son just turned 5 years old this month.

I asked her if he's ever mentioned "the funny man" again? She has never brought the subject up to him, at all., but .... told me that me he had, in fact, just brought it up himself, a couple of weeks ago!

They had been reminiscing about their stay at the hotel, and her son complained that he couldn't sleep well there because "the funny man" kept waking him up at night, making him laugh and wanting to play all the time!!! Remember, this kid was barely 2 years old when this all happened (3 years ago)!

She then went on to tell me that she was sitting in bed one night (recently) looking at a book about the Chateau Marmont, and her son wandered in. He was very interested in what she was looking at so she told him it's all about the Chateau as she turned the pages ... there were many photos of various celebs that have stayed there over its many years. So the kid would say, "who is that?" And she said, oh that's an actor who was popular when your grandma was younger ... and that's Robert DeNiro, that's Robin Williams ... etc. Then she turned the page and there was a photo of John Belushi. The child got very excited, pointed and said: "Look Mommy, there's the FUNNY MAN!"

No, they have never shown him photos or Belushi films; in fact, when we suggested it a long time ago she said "no" so this kid has had no prompting whatsoever. But he sure did recognize his "funny man" right away!

My friend also said that although she hadn't been afraid to go to the bathroom alone at night since she was 8 years old, she was very uncomfortable doing so when they were staying in bungalow 3. She said she would run in and out quickly, and never made eye contact with the mirror; she just felt as if she was being watched all the time. She went on to say that every time she opened the door to the room/area the kid was sleeping in, to tuck him in at night, she felt what she can only describe as a "whoosh!"
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Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:18 PM

Of course, there are other kinds of ghosts as well. These ghosts are works of Architecture. Some of the most exquisite buildings ever built in Los Angeles are gone now, whether it be from earthquake damage or so called "progress". The famous (or infamous) Ambassador Hotel has been closed since 1988 and is now owned by, The Donald (and I ain't talkin' about a duck, either) and sadly, it is scheduled for demolition. It was in the pantry of the restaurant of this hotel that Senator Robert F. Kennedy, after claiming victory in California's crucial Democratic primary, was assassinated on June 5, 1968. He was 42 years old.
But the Ambassador isn't just a place of tragedy. Bing Crosby and Merv Griffin both started their singing careers here and the old hotel has been featured in many motion pictures.
Just across the street is what remains of the famous Brown Derby restaurant. You could not only get some good food there, but you could also see drawings of everybody who was anybody in Hollywood. All that remains of it now is the Dome which sits garishly atop a roof looking very out of place in the middle of a shopping center.
Then there was a place on Sunset Blvd. which was called The Garden Of Allah which was a combination Hotel, Bungalow and Apartment complex. Lots of stars from the old days of Hollywood, such as Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn and countless others used to hang out there. It was a favorite hang-out of actor/humorist/writer Robert Benchley, who got so drunk during a party there that he fell fully clothed into the Pool and was in danger of drowning. When pulled out, he sputtered and said, "Will somebody help me get out of these wet things and into a dry martini?"
(If you think you've heard that line before, you probably have. It was paraphrased by none other than Bugs Bunny in one of his many attempts to escape the clutches of Elmer Fudd and becoming "Fried Rabbit" for a "Mr. Bogart".)
Sadly, the GoA was torn down to make way for a Bank. According to an inaccurate legend, as the historic place was being demolished, a young folk singer was watching from across the street from her hotel room at the Chateau Marmont. Moved and inspired, she wrote a song which in part went:

"Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone?
They paved Paradise and put up a parking lot."

The folk singer's name was Joni Mitchell and the song was "Big Yellow Taxi".
Inaccurate, but a nice story anyway. :)

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Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:27 PM

At an address formerly located at 2398 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Hollywood, CA, 90028, stood the stately mansion of master escape artist, Harry Houdini. It burned to the ground in 1957 leaving only a grotto and a stone stairway which leads to nowhere.
Houdini wanted to debunk the idea that you could contact the Other Side and the people there. Houdini himself passed into the Great Beyond on Halloween Night, 1926. Before he closed his eyes forever upon the Earth, he left a code word with his wife, Bess, saying that if there was a way, he would contact her using this code word. Bess held a seance' not long afterwards on the roof of the Hotel Knickerbocker and stated that she had heard from Harry. She was forced to later make a retraction of her statement when threatened by a religious group.
To this day, no one has heard that code word from Harry, but that doesn't mean that he is at rest. His ghost has been encountered at the ruins of his old mansion and his residence in New York City.
Harry was also good friends with a rather well known family who worked in Vaudeville. One afternoon while, while Houdini was over at the residence of this family, the father's only infant son fell down the stairs into the basement.
Horrified that they would find the child injured or worse, they ran to the stairs and looked down. Much to their amazement, the little boy sat on the floor of the basement laughing and giggling. Breathing a sigh of relief, Houdini said, "Wow, that was quite a buster that kid just took."
The kid grew up to gain fame himself. His name was Buster Keaton.
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Posted 01 November 2004 - 09:08 AM

Being that I live so close to Hollywood - I should really check out some of these places when I have the time smile.gif

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Posted 03 November 2004 - 04:18 PM

QUOTE(WychOfAvalon @ Nov 1 2004, 12:08 PM)
Being that I live so close to Hollywood - I should really check out some of these places when I have the time smile.gif
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Okay. All I can say is be advised some of the places listed in this column are private residences and others are places of business. Places of business, unless otherwise noted, frown on anything that has to do with the Paranormal.
To wit: I was interviewing a couple of people at the historic Driskill Hotel in Downtown Austin about the three ghosts that haunt the place. When the manager found out, he politely told me that interviewing employeees without permission, especially about the "alledged ghosts" was not allowed. I was shown the door and told never to return.
Trespassing can get you thrown in jail. Be that as it may, if you are going to some of these places, take every precaution, especially at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks where a great number of Celebrities have been either buried or interred.
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Posted 03 November 2004 - 04:25 PM

lol well I had NO plans of trespassing by any stretch of the imagination.




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