*Years ago I originally wrote the post below as part of my past blog Joy DeVivre Design. In the spirit of the season, I thought it fun to include it here for a new audience to discover!
In the spirit of Halloween I love a good ghost story…or several. Hollywood is a place in which there is never a shortage of ghostly tales. You can spend hours just visiting the infamous and haunted sites. In fact, that is what I do each time I make a visit there. I originally wrote a post on Haunted Hollywood where you can read about many of the famous spooky landmarks, but I wanted to do an update so as to add some new info.
The Los Feliz Murder Mansion
Seeing what could be a gorgeous Spanish revival style home falling into disrepair is odd in the Los Feliz area, where you are more likely to see a random starlet’s multimillion dollar mansion. But with what is known as the Los Feliz Murder Mansion odd isn’t the half of it.
This was once home to the Perelson family, which consisted of Dr. and Mrs. Perelson and their three children. On December 6, 1959, life as the family knew it came to a gruesome halt. Dr. Harold Perelson murdered his wife and severely beat their 18-year-old daughter. The daughter was able to escape the home and ran for help. Help wasn’t needed, however, to stop her father’s wrath as he had helped himself to a bottle of acid and killed himself. The two youngest children, who were also in the house at the time, were unharmed.
After this horrific crime, it was reported that the children all moved across the country to be with family. The home was sold the following year to Julian and Emily Enriquez. This is the point where the story gets downright peculiar. After purchasing this house the couple never moved in. They also never leased it out and according to many articles written on the home, never took the Perelson’s belongings out. There were reports that for years the Christmas tree was still visible through a window as well as wrapping paper and gifts on a table. After the Enriquez couple passed away the home was left to their son Rudy…who also apparently has left it vacant.
This story leaves so many questions…Why has a home that has been estimated to be worth over $2 million sit completely empty for over 50 years? Why leave the home for years as if the Perelson’s were going to walk back in and get back to their Christmas preparations? Were the Enriquez family too spooked to stay there?
Directly behind the murder house is the Ennis House. While I have read no reports of this home being haunted, it is of importance to horror movie buffs as the exterior of the home was used for the 1959 film “House on Haunted Hill”. It is also of importance for architecture buffs as it was a fantastic example of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s work.
Michael Jackson’s Last Residence
Does this gate look familiar? Look closely, because it is likely that on June 25, 2009, you saw this home plastered all over the news. This was the home in which Michael Jackson passed away. If you would like to visit this site it is directly off of Sunset Blvd, which I found strange as I would have expected Michael Jackson to stay far off the beaten path.
This Tudor-style home, built in the 1920’s was once home to the extremely wealthy Doheny family. With a fortune made from oil, the family was very powerful and apparently just as corrupt. Twisting tales were told of government officials being bribed and then caught for giving the Doheny’s drilling rights to government land, indictments of the Secretary of Interiors, family members fearing having to testify. Then…a murder/suicide of the only Doheny son and heir to their fortune and his best friend in the home on February 16, 1929. The web this story weaves leaves this home shrouded in mystery and some say haunted.
The Hollywood Sign
For a full story on the haunting of the Hollywood sign please see my original post here.
For the purpose of this update, I wanted to fill you in on a viewing location that I never knew about for the sign. I had long heard that one of the best public viewing locations for the sign was the Griffith Observatory. That is a good view, but you can do much better! In fact, wear your hiking shoes and you can get right up to the fence that protects the sign from trespassers.
To get there take Deronda Drive all the way up the mountain until you get to Mt. Lee, (or on your GPS just type in the intersection of the two and it will lead you straight there). This is a residential area and you will have to find a place on the street to park. Once you are at the intersection you will see an arch over a pathway. Go through it and that will lead you to the trail going up to the sign. If you aren’t wishing to hike the full distance there are great photo opportunities right from the start of the path which is where this photo was taken. If you do want to do the hike up be careful of snakes as I have heard they are often seen on the trail.
Have you visited any of these sites? If you know of any places that I have left off the two lists please do fill me in!