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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 [...]



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 [...]



Today’s “L.A.” Mag Post – About the Kimberly Crest House from “Hell Night”

Oct 16th, 2014 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts

Be sure to read my latest Los Angeles magazine post – about the Kimberly Crest House from Hell Night.  My posts typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



The El Palacio Apartments

Oct 13th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

Situated at the corner of La Cienega Boulevard and Fountain Avenue in West Hollywood is an idyllic complex named The El Palacio Apartments.  The gorgeous Spanish Baroque architecture is hiding some dark secrets, though.  The building has been the site of two infamous deaths, the most notorious of which was the overdoes of actress Dorothy Dandridge in 1965.  I have always been fascinated by the El Palacio’s lesser-known tie to the macabre, however.  It was at the tenement that a young oil heiress named Georgette [...]



Dorothy Stratten’s Former House

Oct 10th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

True crime has always fascinated me.  One case that I had never followed, though (probably because I was barely three years old at the time the events took place), was the murder of Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten in 1980.  When my friends Lavonna, Kim, Katie and Kaylee came to L.A. for a visit this past June, Lavonna insisted we stalk the house where the killing took place so that I could write a blog post on it come October.  Here goes.

Dorothy Stratten grew up in [...]