Thursday, October 21, 2010


   Hollywood and its movie stars provide a rich history in paranormal activity.  Even after death some of these celebrities return for year another ghostly encore.  While some movie stars return in a ghostly fashion, other celebrities are haunted by spirits themselves.

Montgomery Clift

   Best known for his roles in movies such as: "From Here to Eternity", and also the "Misfits" which also starred Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery's spirit is also said to haunt the halls and one room of the Roosevelt Hotel.
   According to some of the staff at the hotel, Montgomery's spirit haunts room number 928.  It was in this suite that Clift frantically paced back and forth as he tried to memorize his lines for the movie "From Here to Eternity".
   Numerous unexplained noises have been reported coming from this empty suite, as well as the telephone being left off of the hook when the room has been unoccupied.
   The Roosevelt is also the site of the very first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929.  The "Blossom Ballroom" where the ceremony was held, has a rather odd cold spot which is ten degrees cooler than the rest of the ballroom.  This cold spot is a circular area which measures 30 inches in diameter.

George Reeves

   For five long years George Reeves was every child's hero as he played the part of Superman on television.  George was not new to Hollywood either; he had played parts in movies such as "Gone with the Wind" and many other B movies.
   But the claim to fame for George Reeves was "The Adventures of Superman" which ran from 1953-1957.  Then George died in his home from a gunshot wound in 1959.  Although the official cause of the death was ruled a suicide, others contend that Reeves was murdered.
   One couple living in the former home of Reeves stated that the ghost of Reeves appeared in the bedroom "decked out in his Superman outfit."  The couple watched the mysterious looking spirit as it slowly faded away.  Of course this sighting happened in the room where Reeves died.
   Some believe that Reeves death can be explained by the "Superman Curse". 

Mary Pickford

   Mary Pickford who was a silent screen star has also been see gracing the spirit world.  Pickford a writer, producer, and also a co-founder of United Artists was seen by comic Buddy Rodgers as her ghost appeared in a white ruffled dress.

Jean Harlow

   The spirit of Jean Harlow has also been reported to have been seen in the bedroom of her home where she was "allegedly beaten" by her husband.

Jack London

   Jack London is one of the best known authors of all time, as well as one of the most read.  There are very few people in the world who haven't heard of his book "Call of the Wild", if not read the book or seen one of the movies based on it.  yet many people do not realize that London left behind a haunted home.
   London previously lived i a private home base i the Sonoma Valley known as Wolf House.  The house took 30 men to build, and was created with natural local materials such as redwood and volcanic rock.  London himself planned the house, and thou it was so large, only him and his wife would live there.
   In 1913 the house mysteriously caught fire, destroying much of the building before anyone ever moved inside.  London planned to rebuild the house, but died before plans could be finished.
   Today the area surrounding the old house is known as the Jack London State Park.  Visitors left inside the park after dark claim to see and hear some strange things when it comes to the remains of the house.  Some hear stairs creaking though there are no stairs left today, and others feel someone touching their arm, or hair when no one else is there.  Still others believe that they've seen odd creatures and strange phantoms running through the woods.  Others have reportedly experienced cold spots at the old house, and had strange images appear in the photographs they took there. 
   Of course there are stories surrounding the ghost of Jack London.  The author's wife believed that the man haunted a small house they lived in together.  Following his death people that lived in the house claimed to hear someone walking through the hallways and opening or closing the door to the den.  His wife told them that London used the den for his writing, and walked through the halls when he was suffering from writer's block.

Bugsy Siegel

   Bugsy Siegel was a ladies man, and a smooth operator.  He could charm even the coolest man, and seduce the most beautiful women.  He always had a beautiful woman on his arm, and most of those women had no clue what he actually did with his life.
   Bugsy was always something of a criminal.  During the 1920's he and his gang of men ran a number of different operations in New York, including bringing bootleg alcohol into the city.  He also began working as a hired hit man for the mob, and was given the nickname Bugsy.  the  mob was so enamored of him that they sent him to California.
   While in California Bugsy became even more of a ladies man.  he was meant to run their operations, but also spent time hanging out with celebrities.  Bugsy was known for his famous friends including Cary Grand and Jean Harlow.  At the same time he continued his work as a hired hit man.
   By the 1940's he had moved onto Las Vegas, and creating grand plans of turning it into a western paradise.  With 6 million dollars in financial backing, he set to work on his first resort.  Named the Flamingo, after one of his mistresses, it was one of his favorite places in the world.  He kept suites reserved for his different girlfriends.  He was so busy having his fun that he never noticed how unhappy the mob was.
   The mob want their money back and he didn't have it to give back.  The resort was operating at a loss, compounded by the amount of money he kept skimming off the top.  The hit on Siegel was decided in 1946, but when the hotel finally began turning a profit, he thought he was in the clear with the mob.
   Siegel was shot dead in the home of his mistress Virginia Hill.  Bugsy is rumored to haunt the old Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.  The mob continued to support the business after his murder.  Some believe that he continues to haunt his former residence, the Presidential Suite.  Visitors to the hotel have claimed to feel cold spots in the room.  Others have seen his spirit standing near the pool table, while others have experienced his ghost near the bathroom.  His ghost is not threatening or upset, just there.  The suite is now gone, but his ghost is still seen near the pool and in the Wedding Chapel.  In addition his ghost is sometimes seen i the new Presidential Suite.


   There is no shortage of haunted houses in America, but perhaps America's most famous house, the one that resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House.  The White House was built near the end of the 18th Century, and today it's composed of 6 stories of 132 rooms and 412 doors.  With so many rooms, is it any wonder that some of them are haunted by past presidents and first ladies alike?  The more doors in a house, the more of a chance some of them might open and close on their own.  But who is haunting the executive mansion and playing havoc on our senses of reality?  Most obvious of all, past presidents and their wives are the most frequent haunters of the White House and for some of them their haunting are more memorable than their tenures in office.

William Henry Harrison

    William Henry Harrison's presidency lasted less than 32 days back in 1841, yet his ghost can still be heard, rummaging through the White House attic, 168 years later.  Harrison was the first President  to die while in office, of pneumonia on April 4, 1841.  Had he known his presidency would've been so short, William Henry Harrison probably wouldn't have spent two precious hours of it reading his 8,000 word inaugural address.  But then again, maybe that's what he's been spending the last 168 years rummaging through the White House attic looking for.

Andrew Jackson
   Andrew Jackson was an abrasive fellow, and he was elected the 7th President of the United States in 1828.  His toughness earned him the nickname "Old Hickory", so it should come as no surprise to most that death alone couldn't drive him from the White House.  In the Rose Bedroom where he used to sleep, White House staff have heard a hearty laughter like Jackson was said to have.  Mary Todd Lincoln used to hear cursing from Old Hickory's ghost, and an aid to Lyndon Johnson heard the same sort of yelling in the Rose Bedroom in 1964.  Others have heard Jackson stomping around the White House floors in his heavy boots down the halls.  Clearly Mr. Jackson was never a quiet fellow, not even in death. 

Abraham Lincoln

   Abraham Lincoln served the people during the country's most threatening time to the Union-The Civil War.  But America's turmoils were not the only thing haunting Mr. Lincoln in his life.  In 1862, Lincoln lost his 11 year old son, Willie, to typhoid fever.  Abe and his wife Mary often held se'ances in the Green Room to contact Willie's spirit, successfully.  Willie Lincoln is also said to have communicated directly with the Ulysses Grant administration.  But Willie's father has been a much more active spirit within the walls of the White House.
   Abe Lincoln is said to have dreamed of his own death.  He told Mary Todd that he saw his own assassination three days before he was shot by John Wilkes Booth in 1865.  Since that fateful day, the ghost of Lincoln has been seen at the White House more frequently than some of our more recent vacation loving presidents. 
   Calvin Coolidge's wife, Grace, was the first person to spot Lincoln's ghost standing in a window in the Oval Office, and he reappeared to her repeatedly.  FDR's valet was so spooked by the ghost of Abe that he ran from the White House screaming.  President Harrison's bodyguard once took matters into his own hands when he attended a se'ance to plead with Lincoln to quiet down and let him sleep at night.  Ladybird Johnson, wife of Lyndon, saw Abe while she was watching television.  Ronald Reagan's daughter and son-in-law both witnessed Lincoln standing next to the fireplace in the Lincoln bedroom.  Lincoln's ghost has been blamed for cold and icy spots in various rooms, as well as turning back on chandelier light after they'd been shut off.  Lincoln's ghost has appeared to both Winston Churchill and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.  In Churchill's case, Lincoln was leaning against the mantle of the fireplace as the nude prime minister exited the bathroom.  Lincoln slowly faded away, but Churchill's embarrassment did not.  He refused to sleep there again.  Queen Wilhemina, fortunately, was clothed when she spotted Lincoln's ghost.  One night as she stayed in the Lincoln bedroom, she was awoken with a knock at the door.  She opened the door to Lincoln's ghost and promptly fainted.  With his many sightings, Lincoln's ghost, like Lincoln himself, seems an introspective and trouble soul.

Dolley Madison
   Dolley Madison, wife of  4th President James Madison, frequently showed herself during the administration of Woodrow Wilson, 100 years after she lived there.  Dolley was first lady from 1809-1817.  Dolley's favorite place to haunt is the Rose Garden, which she planted a century earlier.  Perhaps she felt as if she were protecting the garden after Woodrow's wife ordered for the garden to be dug up.  Workmen kept seeing Dolley, and orders to dig up the garden were buried.  The Rose Garden exists unharmed to this day. 

Abigail Adams

   Abigail Adams, wife of 2nd President (and 1st President to live in the White House) John Adams.  Because the White House wasn't fully complete when the Adams family moved in, the inadequate heating created a problem for drying laundry in an age before washers and driers.  Perhaps this is why the ghost of Abigail Adams can sometimes be seen in the East Room on the first floor, which was the warmest and driest room in the White House.  There were numerous sightings of her during the Taft administration.  Often she was seen with her arms outstretched, just as if she were carrying a load of laundry.

Frances Cleveland

   Her cries can be heard coming from a second floor bedroom.  In 1891 Frances became the first First Lady to give birth in the White House, to a daughter named Ruth.
   Whether or not these ex-presidents and first ladies still really roam the halls and haunt the rooms of the White House, it's clear that something about them remains.  Perhaps they're just memories materializing into celestial visions of great leaders forever trapped in our subconscious.  Or perhaps they really never leave office, one we elect them and trust them with the most important job on earth.  Either way, the White House doesn't seem destined to ever rest in peace.