Friday, September 26, 2008
The History and Hauntings of the Hollywood Tower
I have been living in the Hollywood Tower for about 3 years and love this building's rich history and many accounts of hauntings throughout the years. I've been collecting stories from residents from the 70's, 80's, 90's, as well as current residents and plan to put out a book covering the history and hauntings of this historic building.
The Hollywood Tower was the inspiration for Disney's Tower of Terror ride. I'm not so sure that the elevator ever crashed in the actual building, but there are definitely some very interesting stories.
Back in the 30's and 40's there was a doorman and the place was frequented by movie stars. It's rumored that George Raft built it, but I'm also finding that it was built as a long-term hotel for actors and crews filming at the Warner lot.
This is the first place Humphrey Bogart lived when he came out to Hollywood to "try acting," Carmen Miranda was married in the lobby. Errol Flynn stayed here. The building went through a serious decline around the late 70's and early 80's. A lot of Hollywood locals tell me it was the hot spot for great drugs.
There were murders and suicides in the building. There are rumors of the mafia throwing people from the back of the building and quite a few have jumped from the roof to their death. There are several accounts of hauntings in most apartments and a shadowy, floating figure on the 4th floor. Many people, myself included, have seen very clear images of people in the apartments.
I don't want to reveal too much right now because I have many psychics and a few teams of ghost hunters that I'm bringing in and will document what they see. I'm looking forward to matching up the stories they tell me and the visions they experience to the descriptions I have from past and current residents.
I created a MySpace page to gather stories. Friend me!