In honor of the upcoming film The Bye Bye Man, Haunted OC invited Press Pass L.A. to join them on a tour of some of L.A.’s most haunted locations.
The three-hour bus tour, hosted by Mario J. Becerra, author of Haunted East Los Angeles, began at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, where guests were told tales of JFK and the Beatles before learning of its connection with Elizabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia.
From there, guests boarded a luxury bus to travel to the most haunted locations in East Los Angeles. First up was Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights, which was founded in 1877, making it the oldest nondenominational cemetery in Los Angeles. Under a picturesque sky, guests toured the grounds where films like Nightmare on Elm Street and Mask were filmed, while being regaled with anecdotal tales of ghost sightings though the years. As we left the cemetery, guests squealed with excitement at the unscheduled appearance of two coyotes cruising the grounds.
As the sun began to set, we headed off to the next location, Hubbard Street where Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker, was caught. We watched a short video on his capture, before heading off to the next stop, Casa Del Mexicano.
We weren’t allowed inside Casa Del Mexicano, but our tour guides showed us photos of the dark and disturbing murals inside while we gathered on the steps for tales of the ghosts inside. Next up, Linda Vista Hospital, as well known for its paranormal activity as it is as a filming location.
Linda Vista has been the subject of several paranormal investigations, and is currently serving as a senior living facility, which is rather horrifying in a completely different way. The renovations make it much less spooky from the outside than it used to be, but the ghost stories Mario shared still brought a chill to all gathered.
Finally, we drove to the Cecil Hotel, currently renamed Stay on Main, the infamous Downtown hotel where Richard Ramirez once lived, and where most recently, Elisa Lam was found dead in the rooftop water tank.
During the tour, guests were able to win The Bye Bye Man swag by answering trivia questions, and were giving VIP passes to an upcoming screening.
The Bye Bye Man opens nationwide on Friday, January 13.
Photos: Kathy Flynn