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Mission Inn, Riverside CA: Faces of the Past?

The Mission Inn in Riverside California is a magnificent Mission-Revival style hotel spanning an entire city block. The hotel began in 1876 as Christopher Columbus Miller's family adobe and was built up over the years by Christopher's son, Frank Miller. The hotel is on the National Registry of Historic Places, and is an architectural marvel, ...

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Ghost Hunting is an Oxymoron (or, The Skeptical Ghost Hunter)

"Ghost hunting” is an oxymoron, is it not? Just what is a ghost, anyway? A spirit? A shadow? A memory? A smell? A sound? A laugh? An old photograph? Displaced energy? A lost soul? A figment of our imagination? A longing, a burning desire...? We "hunt ghosts" - and yet, what are we hunting? And ...

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The Ghost Hunter’s Dilemma

Anyone who considers herself a paranormal investigator--that is, anyone committed enough to spend the entire night in cold, dark and often disturbing buildings/ships/homes/hospitals, knows one fact above all else: whatever we find, or whatever finds us, is frustratingly vague. We catch snippets of voices on digital recorders, but we often do not hear the same ...

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EVP – Weston State Hospital (Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum) – Do You Know Me?

Los Angeles Paranormal took part in a paranormal investigation at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (also known as Weston State Hospital). At the start of the investigation, Les broke off from the group and went down an empty wing to the far reaches in order to do an EVP session alone. Here, he asks the question 'Do ...

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Never Alone

LAPA made a video recently as a way to introduce ourselves and explain why we do what we do. Although I thought I already had most of the answers concerning "why we do what we do," the video shoot did clarify some lingering issues for me. Why do I search for disembodied souls? I had ...

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EVP – Former Mental Hospital – Pipes: Bang Twice!

We were at a former mental hospital, in the bathroom of an abandoned unit. Someone or something seemed to be using the pipes in the walls/ceilings to communicate with us. Have a listen and you will see what I mean. Note *You will hear metallic tapping sounds - those are the pipes. There is one ...

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Check Out Any Time You Like

There is something terribly wrong with Unit X. In fact, I could say the same about most of the buildings that used to comprise Camarillo State Hospital. It was one of the last, residential "mental health" facilities in Southern California to close when the then governor shut it down in 1997. Now, California State University ...

Amargosa Opera House and Hotel: Life After Death (Valley)

In the middle of Death Valley - one of the harshest and most extreme environments on earth - stands one of the most unusual hotels in America. It is the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, and it is listed as one of the top 10 haunted hotels in the country. The Amargosa, whose name stems ...

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Alcatraz – Ghosts Live Here

Alcatraz island is a cold, yet beautiful place. There is no protection on this outcrop from the icy pacific gusts that assault non-stop. Birds nest here, wildflowers grow. But standing stark and ominous above it all, and clearly unforgiving, the infamous prison dominates this tiny piece of land that juts out in the middle of ...

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The Spirits of the Pierpont Inn: 100 Years of Hauntings?

The Pierpont Inn was built in 1910 as a respite for travelers along the 101. The Inn was Josephine Pierpont's inspiration, and some say she still inhabits the Inn she loved so much. Other suspected spirits-in-residence include Mrs. Mattie Gleichman, who ran the Pierpont for 70 years, and Emma Darling, a former guest. The property ...

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