Friday, January 27, 2012

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Is a historic Spanish-style hotel located 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Named after Theodore Roosevelt.
    It first opened its doors on May 15, 1927. It cost 2.5 Million to complete this twelve story building which holds 300 rooms and suites.
    The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel hosted the presentation of the 1st Academy Awards in 1929 inside its blossom ballroom. Later ceremonies were much larger than its banquet for 250, so there was never an attempt to host the awards at the hotel a second times.
    Frances Farmer was the guest of honor in the early 1950's after appearing on This Is Your Life. Marilyn Monroe was a resident at the Hollywood Roosevelt for two years when her modeling career took off. Her first Magazine shoot was taken on the diving board on the pool behind the hotel, which was recently removed. The hotel's remodeled pool contains an underwater mural painted by David Hockney.
    It is said this hotel is haunted by the once famous people who inhabitated it. 
    Marilyn Monroe stayed in Cabana suite 229, which overlooked the pool. A mirror which once hung in her room, now in storage following hotel renovations, is said to be haunted by her spirit. Employees still see a blonde woman staring at them when they look into the mirror. 
    The 9th floor has been known to feature apparitions, sounds, and cold spots. Many employees have claimed to see a man in a suite turn the corner and walk out of the emergency exit. They try to speak with the man, but he will not even look at them. At night, guests claim there are disturbing loud footsteps, and noises that sound like they are from the trumpet. Some people have thought that these claims may be linked to Montgomery Clift, who lived at the Hollywood Roosevelt, in room 928 for three months while filming "From Here to Eternity" in 1953. Clift used to walk up and down the 9th floor playing his trumpet and rehearsing his lines. Room 928 has also been claimed to be haunted. Things have been moved around from guest's belongings without them doing anything. One lady claimed that she woke up in the middle of the night and saw a man in a top hat and suit sitting on her suitcase, looking out the window. She simply ignored him, thinking to herself that she was imagining things, and went back to sleep. When she woke up and called for help to bring her suitcase back down to her car, she turned around to see that the contents of her suitcase, which had been packed at night, were scattered around the room. Could this be Clift trying to send her a message?
    Cabana Suite 213 is claimed by many paranormal investigators to be one of the most haunted and filled with activity. According to the front desk employees, there are a steady stream of people who check out of this room in the middle of the night, all saying the same thing: "There is something that just isn't right with that room." So far, about ten people to have claimed seeing a man with no head coming at them. Also, there have been claims that the TV randomly turns on and off on its own, the coffee maker starts doing strange things, and the sink goes on and off. Paranormal investigators have also picked up strange voices in recordings screaming that "Someone died here!' or "Turn around".
    Some of the most common supernatural sightings occur in the Blossom Ballroom. In one corner of the ballroom, many people claim to have heard voices, and feeling cold spots. Others have seen apparitions of people dancing around the ballroom, and on the walls. A number of people have claimed to have seen Marilyn Monroe in the ballroom, dancing or posing. In the top balcony of the Blossom Ballroom, paranormal investigators and experts claim that there is a portal. There has been many pictures taken there that have shown orbs and apparitions.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Most Haunted France

Pere Lanchaise Cemetery:
Is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris, France, though there are larger cemeteries in the city's suburbs.
    It is reputed to be the world's most visited cemetery. attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to the graves of those who have enhanced French life over the past 200 years.
    The cemetery takes its name from the confessor to Louis XIV,  Père François de la Chaise (1624–1709), who lived in the Jesuit house rebuilt in 1682 on the site of the chapel. The property, situated on the hillside from which the king during the Fronde, watched skirmishing between the Conde and Turenne, was bought by the city in 1804.
    The cemetery was opened on May 21 1804. Sadly the first person buried there was a five year old girl named Adélaïde Pailliard de Villeneuve, the daughter of a door bell of the Fauborg St. Antoine.
    At the time of its opening, the cemetery was considered to be situated too far from the city and attracted few funerals. Moreover, the Christians refused to have their graves in a place that had not been blessed by te church.
    Today the cemetery is still in use and accepting new burials. However, the rules to be buried in a Paris cemetery are rather strict: people may be buried in one of these cemeteries if they die in the French capital city or if they lived there. Being buried in Père Lachaise is even more difficult nowadays as there is a waiting list: very few plots are available.   
    It is said that this cemetery is the most haunted cemetery of all.

Eiffel Tower:
Is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. Built in 1889, it has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most visited paid monument in the world; The tower was built between 1887 and 1889. The risk of accident was great as, unlike modern skyscrapers, the tower is an open frame without any intermediate floors except the two platforms. However, because (Eiffel the man who built the tower) took safety precautions, including the use of movable stagings, guard-rails and screens, only one man died.  
    The tower was much criticised by the public when it was built, with many calling it an eyesore. 
   It is said that a young man took his girlfriend to the top of the tower with the intention of proposing marriage to her, but she turned him down and he threw her from the tower to her death. Visitors to the tower at night have reported hearing a girl laughing and saying NO, followed by a scream, then silence.

Catacombs of Paris:
The Catacombs are an underground Ossuary in Paris France.
    The ossuary holds the remains of about 6 million people and fills a renovated section of caverns and tunnels that are the remains of Paris' stone mines. Opened in the late 18th century, the underground cemetery became a tourist attraction on a small scale from the early 19th century, and has been open to the public on a regular basis from 1874.
    In 1871, communards killed a group of monarchists in one chamber.
    It is reported to be the most haunted place in the world, Visitors have claimed that they were touched by unseen hands, others claim to have had the sensation of being followed, cold spots in certain areas a few cases of hysterical breakdowns, a few others have claimed to have been strangled.