Monthly Archives: September 2013

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.

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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.


What you may be missing on Instagram

Did you know we’re on Instagram? If you haven’t been following us, here’s a small sample of some of the fun you’ve been missing. It’s not too late to find us – we are simply LAHauntings over at Instagram! To the left, Scott Markus and Connor Bright take a moment to rest at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  

 

 

 

 

The perk of working in the film industry is access to places that are off limits. For a few days, I got to work on the haunted backlot of Culver Studios, even working on the soundstage where “Wizard of Oz” was filmed.

@scottmarkus testing out @thebayareaghostbusters ESP skills @sdcc #sdcc #comiccon #ghostbusters

A photo posted by Los Angeles Hauntings (@lahauntings) on Jul 7, 2013 at 6:02pm PDT

Having fun at Comic Con

Next stop Hollywoodland!! Do you know any haunted houses we should check out here?! #hollywood #la #paranormal #ghost

A photo posted by Los Angeles Hauntings (@lahauntings) on Aug 8, 2013 at 2:32pm PDT

Visiting the historic neighborhood of Hollywoodland – the reason the Hollywood sign was constructed in the first place (which also originally read “Hollywoodland”). Above you can see the original stone walls that once held a gate, keeping Hollywoodland exclusive.

Remembering Valentino at Hollywood Forever! #Valentino #hollywoodforever

A photo posted by Los Angeles Hauntings (@lahauntings) on Aug 8, 2013 at 2:41pm PDT

We were present at the annual Rudolph Valentino memorial service, held every August 23rd at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Conducting at paranormal investigation at the Cobb estate in Altedena, CA.

Of course, we had to find some horror movie filming locations too! On this day, we found where one of the most memorable scenes from one of the classic horror films of all time was shot. Malibou Lake, deep in the Santa Monica Mountain range played host to 1931’s “Frankenstein,” and much later hosted “The Ring” and “Twin Peaks.” In all, over 100 productions were filmed at Malibou Lake, including “Gone with the Wind,” “The Great Dictator” and “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.”


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):