Haunted Places in LA Worth Visiting (If you Dare!)

Los Angeles is full of history, some good and some bad. Here are some of LA's most dramatic and haunted locations that will send a chill down your spine.

1. The Old Zoo in Griffith Park was home to lions, tigers, bears (oh my!) and other wild animals in the 1930s, that was later abandoned when the LA Zoo was created in the 1960s. The zoo has been transformed into a picnic area with hiking trails that lead up the animal enclosures. Visitors can go inside the enclosures and see what it was like to be on the other side of the bars. At night some say they can hear noises from the animals who used to live there. 


2. The Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax has such a dramatic history suitable for the big screen. In the 1940s the theater was owned by John and Dorothy Hampton. John died of lung cancer after being exposed to chemicals he used to preserve film negatives, and his widow sold the theater to Lawrence Austin. Austin kept the silent theater active and hired James Van Sickle as a projectionist. The two engaged in tumultuous love affair where Austin decided that he would leave the theater, worth an estimated one millions dollars, to Van Sickle after his death. In January of 1997, Austin was shot and killed by Christian Rodriguez, a 19 year old hitman who was hired by Van Sickle to murder Austin so he could inherit the theater. Rodriguez and Van Sickle are serving life in prison, but the theater remains open. 


3. The Pasadena Suicide Bridge on Colorado Blvd was built in 1913 and has accumulated one of the highest number of bridge suicides per year. Individuals claim to have seen a man figure leaping over the edge and when they go to look there's no one there. There have also been claims of a woman standing in the middle of the road, causing cars to serve out of the way. And when they look back the woman is gone. 


4. The Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles was built in the 1920's and has seen a good number of suicides, deaths, even housed serial killers such as Richard Ramirez. However the hotel is most known for the unsolved murder of Elisa Lam, a 21 year old Canadian student who was found floating in the hotel's water tank. The hotel's history inspired the fifth season of FX's American Horror Story; Hotel


5. The Doris Bither's case inspired the 1980's horror film The Entity. Doris Bither was a single mom living in Culver City who experienced violent attacks in her home by a poltergeist. After investigating and failed attempts to get the spirits out of her home, Bither and her children moved out of the house, only for the spirits to follow them. The home is now reported "ghost free," but do you want to take that chance?



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