Screaming spectres in Angeles National Forest

On the northern slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains, near Littlerock, California lies an area called the Devil’s Punchbowl.  This area is roughly half way between downtown Los Angeles and Victorville.  It is the site of countless beautiful rock formations and also the site of a terrifying screaming spectre.

I have been in physical therapy recently recovering from a broken hand.  As tends to happen when people find out I am a “ghost guy,” the room quickly filled with first hand accounts.  Of the several amazing stories I heard, I felt I needed to post this one to you guys to see if any of you have had similar encounters in the same place.

A girl named Shannon talked about visiting a campsite as a high school upperclassman in the the summer in the mid 2000s.  While she was trying to tend to a group of kids one evening a mist appeared on the trail ahead of her.  The mist hovered in the air, slowing coming towards her and the kids, who were all terrified.  She could see that the mist seemed to be swirling.  The mist also gave off a faint luminescent glow.

As the mist slowly grew nearer, the shapeless mass, which, at a distance was silent, seemed to scream as it past her and her fellow campers.

It is safe to say that Shannon and her young campers slept with one eye open this night.

The name for the area is obviously the first attention-grabber.  There are so many haunted sites that use the word “Devil” in its name.  When it comes to Devil’s Ditch (site of the crash of 191 in Des Planes, IL) and Devil’s Creek (site of the Grimes sisters death in Willow Springs, IL) the terrible incidents and hauntings occurred long after the naming of the area.  However, when it comes to Devil’s Gate near Pasadena, CA, the location was long considered cursed by the native populations before this area was settled.  One can only wonder how long this area carried with it the name “Devil.”

In this moment, I have not visited this site, investigated it or researched it.  I do, however, want to know if YOU have ever had a strange paranormal encounter in or around this location.  Or do you have any historical information that may help explain the terrifying experience that Shannon had here.  Please leave comments!

Note: If you are doing research, please be mindful that there is a possibly haunted site in Ontario Canada that is also called Devil’s Punchbowl.


Next Stop: the Chicago Ghost Conference!


Seeking personal experiences at San Miguel Mission Paso Robles

Hello, all!  I am getting ready for a trip to the famously haunted San Miguel de Arcangel!  I’ve gathered a ton of information in prep, but I am wondering if you have any experiences there yourself.  OR, do you have any historical information on this site that isn’t easily finable?  If you have anything at all to share, please reach out by commenting below.

In the meantime, I’m also about to get started editing a video in which will include an investigation at Cobb Estate with S.I.U. and a G.H.O.U.L.A. hike up to the Hollywood Sign on the anniversary of Peg Entwhistle’s Death. We did an investigation on the trail on the hike down that was pretty interesting. However, I’m also in final edits of a paranormal feature documentary titled “Hidden Truth” that you guys can find out about over at Hidden Truth Productions.


Are the hauntings at Galster Park real?

We gave a private tour tonight to a small group of people from West Covina, CA (our tour company is LAHauntings.com).  Since I had a little time before the tour, I decided to see what kind of research I could find on the haunts that West Covina has to offer.  The location that seemed to jump off the page is a haunted park that goes by the name Galster Park.  The authors on a number of sites seemed to speak of great reverence for this location as a very dark and scary site.

Everyone seems to be in agreement that bodies are commonly found at this location and this location was the “hunting grounds” for a pedophile murderer that committed their crimes in the 1990s.  Additionally, this is a common place for gang activity.  One site event went so far as to call the park a gang initiation rite – if they can stay there for an entire night, then they’ve sufficiently proven their courage.

However, from there, the reports went in a million different directions.  If there was a serial killer operating in this area as little as 20 years ago, there should be quite a large number of easy-to-find newspaper articles on the topic.  Moreover, it should be common knowledge whether or not this killer was apprehended (some sites claim the killer is still at large while other maintain that this nameless killer is currently doing time).

So, the name of the game is now research.  I’ve been digging through a lot of digital dust looking for leads and want to share with you what I’ve learned so far.  If you know more, please chime in, in the comments below.  (by the way, the tour went great, thanks for asking)

FACTUAL moments in the dark history of Galster Park:

*  June 2, 2013:  Yes, VERY recent!  A man was found hanged at the south end of the park, an apparent suicide.  This death is so recent that it is certainly not responsible for the past claims of hauntings, however this is something that investigators can now use when conducting EVP sessions.  Link to the article here.

*  2006:  I need more information on this crime.  It seems as though Benjamin Cruz shot and killed Danny Hernandez.  I’m not yet sure if a dispute happened at the park, then the killing happened at a different location, if the killing happened at the park or if Danny’s body was found at the park.  Details are still needed.  What is clear is that Benjamin Cruz is currently serving a 65-year sentence for the crime.  He was sentenced in January 2007.

* 1978 – 1981: Unrelated to any crime, the park was closed for a few years due to budget cutbacks.  During this time, this would’ve been a prime target for people looking to do bad things and get away with it.  Chances are, though that the extent of these bad things is selling drugs and sneaking off for some underage drinking.

Other possibly-related West Covina crimes:

While these crimes do NOT revolve around Galster Park, I am looking for other crimes that could’ve helped inspire the current urban legends

* 1980: There was a highly publicized murder case involving the death of a 10-year-old boy (I attempt to leave out the names of victims and criminals when possible).  His body was found at the house of his killer and his killer did come to justice after several trials and appeals.  I include this story because of the attention it got, the age of the victim matching the urban legend and the fact that the final trials relating to the murder finally concluded in 1989.  Again, this is far from an exact match, but perhaps some exaggerations over the years bring us to the urban legend at hand.

*  1991: The “Mall Murders” – You cannot consider this a case of a “serial killer” per se, however there was a crime spree in West Covina that resulted in a string of homicides.  The killings were preceded by people being kidnapped while using an ATM.  Sometimes the victims were released, however five random people were killed in cold blood.  In the end, a four-member “crime family” was arrested and convicted of the crimes.  Three of the killers received life in prison without the possibility of parole, while the ringleader was sentenced to death (he is still alive as of this post, however).  Link to article here.

CONCLUSIONS (so far):

While it is very easy to find a disturbing number of murders associated with West Covina, my preliminary searches returned zero results that accurately match the legends that are found throughout the internet.  We have the recent suicide and we have the 2006 shooting that may have somehow involved Galster Park.  However, I think it’s fair to say that we can close the book on the “child serial killer” story.  If something paranormal is going on at this park, we need to find a different reason or look back deeper in the archives than the 1970s.  For the record, I was browsing articles that reached into the 1950s.  Perhaps we can look to see if there is any history of Native American battles, for example.

In the meantime, please let me know if you’ve had any interesting experiences at this park.  If you have intriguing pictures to share, I will gladly post them here as well.  Thanks for stopping by and if you do visit this park on a paranormal expedition, please use caution as this may not be the safest of places after dark and you may also get fined for trespassing as the park closes at sunset.


Great Migration in progress

SlimPictures.com at one point was a huge source for inforation on local haunts around the country (though primarily Illinois and California).  Eventually, that company was sold off and I was able to recreate that over at the blog company Blog.com.  Sadly, that company is TERRIBLE!  Honestly, do not host your blog at blog.com!  It got spammed or hacked regularly.  In this moment, we have pages and pages of information trapped over there.  In time, we will be able to break them out and re-post them over here.  In the meantime, we are constantly posting new information and stories at my company site, LAHauntings.com and on my YouTube channel Here.

And, here are my latest YouTube videos (thanks for your patience while we painstakingly rebuild a huge site from the ground-up for the third time):


Joliet haunts and booking questions

Question: Scott, me and my friends in the Joliet area are interested in local hauntings and have visited several sites, and have actually purchased your documentary. Are you still currently active in investigating haunts? On your web site it refers you to booking events, what would you actually go over? Please E-mail me back. Thank You. Becky

Reply:  I did have the great fortune to be able to work on both “Prison Break” (season 1) and “Let’s Go To Prison,” which both shot at the prison.  That place, I’m sure, is full of amazing ghost stories that haven’t been public yet.  I love giving speeches and getting to know people.  Let me know when you’d like to organize an event, and I’m in!


Info on Haunted Lake County, IL

Question: Hello Scott! We are a small Girl Scout Troop and we were looking to make a mini documentary about spooky places in Lake County IL to give to local the schools. We want to make it lighthearted as these are elementary schools. Could you recommend a book or website that concentrates on just Lake County, IL? I can find all sorts of information on Chicago but that is not where we live. Thank you so much! Teri

Reply:  That’s a tough challenge finding a Lake County-only book. The best lead I can give you in the ways of your age category would be a book by Ursula Bielski called “Creepy Chicago : A Ghosthunter’s Tales of the City’s Scariest Sites.” It can be found on Amazon.com for $18, around $6 used. However, that is not Lake County-centered and I don’t even really know how many Lake County stories are in that book. It might be fun to take a more active approach and have the girls talk to their friends and family to uncover local ghost stories and urban legends….some of the taller tales, you’ll be able to find the origin of at snopes.com. Good luck!


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