Last year when I visited LA, I knew I had to take a gander at their paranormal scene. In doing so, I spent time in the Museum of Death in Hollywood and I explored the Cecil Hotel in Downtown LA. Both were pretty neat to visit.
The Museum of Death in Hollywood was worth whatever I paid to enter. Exhibits included photographs, belongings, even body parts. It was surreal to see evidentiary support for creepy and horrible crimes. Photos were not allowed inside, but there are quite a few images that are burned into my memory. Photos from the Black Dahlia murder, various taxidermied creatures, as well as various photos of serial killers and their victims. It’s a tough museum to get through especially if you have a weak stomach, but there is a lot to see inside. 10/10 would recommend.
The other notable location I visited was the Cecil Hotel. If you’re familiar with American Horror Story, the season, Hotel, is roughly based on the Cecil Hotel. It is supposedly the last place Elizabeth Short (Black Dahlia) was seen alive. Richard Ramirez “The Night Stalker” killed 13 women while staying there. Elisa Lam a young college student was found dead in the water tank atop the hotel. There is footage of her acting extremely unorthodox in an elevator. Nothing noteworthy happened in the hotel, but it did give me the heebie jeebies. The hotel has since lost it’s high quality feel, and is not called “Stay On Main.” It’s a neat place to visit but I would not recommend booking a room.
I have not visited as many “haunted locations” as I wish I could, but there is one specific location that I have been fortunate enough to visit more than once. I find urban legends fascinating so I tend to ruminate over the local legends that haunt the geography. This was definitely the case when I moved to Springfield, MO for college.
Among some of the urban legends of Springfield, there lies the Pythian Castle. It is a stone castle right smack dab in the middle of a midwest suburban town. Here is the castle’s website. I visited the castle once in 2010, and again in 2011. The first time i visited, I managed to hop along a history tour. This was the best option for me because I really like to know the history of a place before I make any opinions on its spectral vibes. The second visit, I was able to swing a ghost tour, along with a led EVP session.
Aside from a plethora of orbs flooding the photos I took, there was only one instance in which I experienced any type of “physical” phenomena, which was a gentle touch to my elbow. (many explanations, not enough time) Nothing happened during the EVP sessions. There was however, and long tunnel underground in which they used for the transport of goods (and bodies). This area was especially spooky. The tunnel itself was maybe 3 feet wide and seemed to go on for infinity. That was the most alarming part. We walked and walked and it seemed like we never reached the end of the tunnel. Our tour guide claimed that it is extremely active, and guests of the castle have experienced some pant-shitting spooks. I didn’t pay much attention in the tunnel as I was getting a wee claustrophobic, and I was focusing on how many more steps I had to take before I could get out.
The entire castle itself has quite a creepy vibe, as one would expect from an old multi-purpose castle that dates back over a century. Although nothing quite “compelling” enough happened for me to cry ghost, I would definitely go back for another visit. It is very well kept, the history is fascinating, and it has its fair share of spooky stories.