The lure of Tinseltown has been a part of America since the
first silent film makers came west to the small town of Los Angeles at the
turn of the century. What began as a scheme for movie maker Mack Sennett to
make some extra money with a low-cost housing area called “Hollywoodland”
became a movie colony for artists, writers and actors who came west to make it
Today, Hollywood remains not so much a place as a state of
mind. In fact, it has not even been incorporated as a city since 1910, when in
joined Los Angeles to share its water supply. However, it still retains that
strange allure for those of us who have an interest in history and hauntings
and for those who have lived their lives against the backdrop of the mythical
Of course to understand how Hollywood earned such a
starring role in the hearts and minds of America, we have to first look at the
history of the city and of the city of Los Angeles... the place which actually
invented the Hollywood we all know.
The history of the region is a dark journey through tales
of crime, corruption, death, murder and of course, Hollywood-style scandal.
Nearly every tale of ghosts and hauntings in Hollywood involves some sort of
terrible crime or an unsolved murder. Why is this? Well, we don’t really
know for sure, but perhaps there is something about the region itself which
attracts both the brightest lights and the darkest shadows to its streets.
In the section on the history of the region, we will introduce you to the
bloody history of the area, along with some of the most terrifying crimes ever
committed in our country.
Some of this will not be for the faint of heart.....
After that, we will journey through the origins of
Hollywood itself and we’ll introduce you to some of the most engaging ghosts
of the early days of the movie colony.
Our series will continue on with each article taking a look at a legendary Tinseltown
haunting... from spirit-infested studios to homes where the stars of yesterday
still linger behind.
Welcome to the dark side of Hollywood.
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