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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 […]



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 […]



Henry Kyle’s Former House

Oct 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Celebrity Homes

Many, many months back, my mom texted me to ask if I had ever stalked the Bel-Air mansion where Texas tycoon Henry Harrison Kyle was murdered on July 22nd, 1983.  Because the property had also once been the residence of filmdom’s first “It Girl,” Clara Bow, my mom thought it would fit in perfectly with my Haunted Hollywood posts.  That was the first that I had ever heard of the place and, of course, started chomping at the bit to stalk it, so I dragged the Grim Cheaper […]



Karyn Kupcinet’s Former Apartment

Oct 18th, 2013 | By | Category: This and That

Back in June, while reading Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s fabulous book Killing Kennedy, I was reminded of an unsolved death tied to the former president that took place in November 1963 in West Hollywood – the murder of 22-year-old actress Karyn Kupcinet in her Monterey Village apartment on North Sweetzer Avenue. Figuring that the place would fit in perfectly with my Haunted Hollywood theme, I ran right out to stalk it shortly thereafter.

Karyn Kupcinet was born Roberta Lynn Kupcinet on March 6th, 1941 […]



The Spot Where the Black Dahlia’s Body Was Found

Oct 15th, 2013 | By | Category: This and That

One Haunted Hollywood locale that I had wanted to stalk pretty much ever since first moving to Southern California in 2000 was the spot where the dismembered body of Elizabeth Short, aka the “Black Dahlia,” was found on the morning of January 15th, 1947.  Over six decades later and the case is still one of the most well-known, talked-about and sinister unsolved murders in the history of the City of Angels.  I avoided the location for over thirteen years, though, because, for some reason, I […]



Peg Entwistle’s Former House

Oct 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Celebrity Homes

Another location that I learned about thanks to the fabulous Hollywood Death and Scandal Sites book, which was penned by fellow stalker E.J. of The Movieland Directory, was the one-time Beachwood Drive home of Peg Entwistle, the tragic blonde actress who only achieved fame after her 1932 suicide, in which she jumped to her death from the Hollywood Sign.  And while I dragged the Grim Cheaper out to stalk the residence just a few days after reading about it, I figured it would be the […]