Haunted L.A.

Alexandria Hotel

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Alexandria Hotel 1915

The Alexandria Hotel at 501 South Spring Street became Los Angeles’s first five-star luxury when it opened on February 12, 1906.  It also served as the city’s main social center from 1906 to the end of 1920. The hotel appears in Haunted by History Vol. 1.   I’ve included a few photos of the hotel through the years. Check back often because this […]

Haunted L.A.

Eve Southern Ghost Story – 1929

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Eve Southern Ghost Story

Eve Southern (1898-1972) was a minor silent film star, who was occasionally referred to as “Hollywood’s Mystic” because of her obsession with the occult. Here is newspaper columnist Alice L. Tildesley’s retelling of an Eve Southern ghost story from 1929: Eve Southern, known to Hollywood as an eerie young creature, tells of a spine-chilling manifestation. It […]

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Los Angeles – Cecil Hotel Deaths

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Cecil Hotel suicide

The Cecil Hotel was never a hotel that received and earned a lot of respect. The middle-class hotel was built on the site of a home that had later been converted into a chicken farm/pet store called the Fancier’s Exchange. This chicken ranch store stayed in business into the 1920s before the property was sold […]