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Archive for October 2014




The Knickerbocker Hotel

Oct 31st, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

I don’t think there is any property in Los Angeles, perhaps the world, that has seen as much glamour and as much tragedy as the former Knickerbocker Hotel in Hollywood.  Today, the Renaissance Revival/Beau Arts-style structure, which was once dubbed “The Hotel to the Stars,” serves as a retirement home.  And oh, if those walls could talk!

The Knickerbocker was constructed from 1923 to 1925 and was designed by architect E.M. Frasier.  The 11-story property was the definition of grandeur, featuring wood-beamed ceilings, arched entryways, marble […]



Latest “L.A.” Mag Post – About the “Thriller” House

Oct 30th, 2014 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts

Be sure to check out today’s Los Angeles magazine post – about the house from Michael Jackson’s Thriller – which is, sadly, my last Haunted Hollywood column for CityThink until next October.  My articles typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.  And you can also check out my friend Owen’s post about a rather hilarious typo on the Thriller house’s Zillow page here.



The Silent Movie Theatre

Oct 29th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

I am very excited to announce that I recently started writing for the L.A. Tourism & Convention Board website, Discover Los Angeles.  I have done two posts for the site so far – one on iconic horror movie locations and another about area hotels that have been immortalized onscreen.  Before I was given my first assignment, my editor emailed me a few articles to use as examples, one of which was written by my buddy Scott Michaels, of the Find a Death website.   The 2013 […]



The Joshua Tree Inn & Motel

Oct 28th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

I had never heard of Gram Parsons or the Joshua Tree Inn & Motel, where the musician met his untimely end in 1973, until being interviewed by the “Valley’s favorite talkers,” Bill Feingold and Kevin Holmes, for their radio show on 94.3 KNews this past August.  During the show, Kevin asked me if I had stalked the hotel at any point or if I would ever be interested in spending the night in the supposedly haunted Room 8, where Parsons took his last breaths.  I […]



Pete Duel’s Former House

Oct 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Celebrity Homes

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.  That adage rings true for today’s story, about actor Pete Duel who shot and killed himself at his Hollywood Hills home in the early morning hours of New Year’s Eve 1971.  I had Duel’s address written down in the Haunted Hollywood portion of my To-Stalk list, though I cannot for the life of me recall how or where I obtained it.  I am unsure if a fellow stalker gave me the information or if […]



William Desmond Taylor’s Former House

Oct 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Celebrity Homes

Last Saturday, my mom, the Grim Cheaper and I attended a book signing for William J. Mann’s latest tome, Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood.  My mom had heard about the event on our favorite desert radio show, The Bill Feingold Show Featuring Kevin Holmes, and thought I would be interested in the book as it is about the 1922 murder of silent film director William Desmond Taylor, which remains unsolved.  Ironically enough, I had just stalked Taylor’s former home two […]



New “Los Angeles” Mag Post – About the Fortuneteller’s House from “Phantasm”

Oct 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts

Don’t forget to read today’s Los Angeles magazine post – about the Fortuneteller’s house from Phantasm. My posts typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



Elegant Manor

Oct 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

Because there’s nothing this stalker loves more than history and abandoned locations, my BFF Mike, from MovieShotsLA, once took me by a dilapidated old West Adams house known as Elegant Manor that has quite a backstory.  This was years ago, though, and, while I knew the place was a filming location (thanks to this 2004 Los Angeles Times article), I kept putting off blogging about it as I was unsure of which productions it had appeared in.  Thankfully, fellow stalker David, from The Location Scout […]



Los Angeles County Hall of Records

Oct 21st, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

Today’s location is a serious fail on my part.  For a couple of years now, I have had the Los Angeles County Hall of Records on my Haunted Hollywood To-Stalk list, not due to its filming history, but because I mistakenly thought the building was where Marilyn Monroe’s autopsy was performed in 1962.  I finally stalked the Hall of Records while in L.A. a couple of weeks ago and added it to my blogging calendar.  It was not until I sat down to write this […]



Santa Fe Depot from “The Trouble with Angels”

Oct 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

It is no secret that I love abandoned places, especially during this time of year.  (What I wouldn’t give to be able to see this in person!)  Recently I stalked Monrovia’s former Santa Fe Railroad Depot and it had my heart going pitter-patter.  The now defunct train station is also a filming location and, while it appeared in a comedy and not a horror movie, due to its current dilapidated state I figured it would fit in perfectly with my Haunted Hollywood postings.

The Santa Fe […]