10 Los Angeles Urban Legends That Will Scare The Shit Out Of You
IS THE WHOLE CITY HAUNTED??
1. The disappearance of Elisa Lam at the Cecil Hotel.
2. The ghost of Peg Enwistle at the Hollywood Sign.
One of the more well-known urban legends of Los Angeles has to do with the famous Hollywood sign. Back in 1932, a stage actress named Peg Entwistle committed suicide by jumping off of the sign's "H" after failing in her attempt at film stardom. In her purse was a note that read, "I am afraid, I am a coward. I am sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain. P.E."
Multiple people have since reported seeing Entwistle's ghost in the area surrounding the sign: A couple walking their dog saw a woman in 1930s clothing appear and then disappear in the road, a jogger claimed she saw the same figure accompanied by the smell of gardenias, and a park ranger reported an apparition as well.
The creepiest part? According to legend, a letter arrived at Entwistle's home a few days after her death. The note was from the Hollywood Playhouse, offering her a role in a play as a woman who commits suicide.
3. The Colorado Street "Suicide" Bridge.
4. Paranormal activity at Gravity Hill in Altadena.
5. The curse of Griffith Park.
6. The ghosts of dead celebrities at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
7. Mob murders at the Comedy Store.
8. Satanic cults at Turnbull Canyon.
9. The haunting of the One-Eyed Gypsy.
10. The Queen Mary's "Door 13."
The Queen Mary in Long Beach has a long history of hauntings and apparitions, which isn't surprising when you see how many people have died on board. In particular, there's a door near the ship's engine room, known as "Door 13," which is said to have crushed more than one crew member to death. Their ghosts are said to haunt the corridors to this day, and some guests have reported water running and lights turning on and off on their own.
If you want to look for yourself, the Queen Mary runs its own tours of the ship's most haunted areas.