American history since the colonization and establishment has been short, less than 250 years. But that doesn’t mean that our history has been uneventful. These places across the United States hold some of America’s most grisly secrets and sometimes ghosts come back to tell the tale.
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4. The Cecil Hotel
What do the famous serial killers Robert Ramirez and Jack Unterweger have in common with two famous victims named Elizabeth Short and Elisa Lam? They all stayed at the Cecil hotel on Skid Row in Los Angeles, California.
The hotel rented rooms to the most sordid, depraved people in Downtown Los Angeles and its Art Deco walls witnessed some of the most gruesome, grisly crimes in American history. In its rooms, many people have met their fate at their own hands or the hands of others. Because of its seedy location, the hotel attracted criminals of all kinds who get get away with anything–we do mean anything–in the chaos of the Cecil.
Many ghosts are said to haunt the Cecil and some have even suggested it was the paranormal that led Elisa Lam to drown in the hotel’s water tank in 2013.
3. 10050 Cielo Drive
The house once belonged to Cary Grant and later belonged to Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. However, it’s most famously known as the home of Sharon Tate, which she shared with her husband Roman Polanski in the mid to late 1960s. It was the sight of the horrific Manson crimes of 1969, carried out by Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel. Tate and four others lost their lives that night, including Tate’s unborn son.
The actual home was demolished and a new home built just 200 feet away from the original site. Those who have lived on the property report seeing the apparition of a pregnant woman and unhappy auras surrounding the new building, now known as the Oman house after the owners.
2. The Molly Brown House
Does her name sound familiar? That’s because you probably know her better as The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She was on the Titanic when it sank in 1912 and lived to tell the tale, returning to this home in Denver. Following the separation from her husband, she mostly rented it out and travelled the world. After a life filled with adventure, heroism, and political activism, Molly Brown passed in 1932. But is it possible that even in death, Molly Brown is still around?
Some say yes after visiting the iconic home in Denver. A film was made to recognize her incredible bravery during the sinking of the Titanic and her home was just narrowly saved from demolition in the 1960s because of the film’s popularity. Today, the home has been renovated, keeping with the style with which it was built. It’s a popular tourist destination, but many visitors say that Molly Brown still lives there and attest to seeing her home the hallways of her old house.
1. The White House
Oftentimes, ghosts and spirits cling to places that were the hub of activity in their lives: a work office, their home, their bedroom, a favorite hang-out. So it’s no wonder many First Families and their staff have told tales of seeing ex-presidents and families roaming the halls of the most historic building in the US. The White House is home to many, many secrets and paranormal activity.
For example, First Lady Abigail Adams has frequently been seen performing her household chores such as carrying laundry. Even Andrew Jackson is said to haunt his old bedroom, the Rose Chamber.
But it is the Lincoln family that carries the heaviest presence in the home. Mary Todd Lincoln was said to believe in the occult and held seances in the White House in an attempt to reach her son beyond the grave. It was Grace Coolidge who first saw Abraham’s ghost in the Oval Office, though Lady Bird Johnson and Eleanor Roosevelt reported seeing him as well. Given his untimely death, experts claim he sticks around the office to complete his life’s work. Others say he appears to the President in times of crisis to lend a helping hand.