It’s one of the most disturbing stories in Hollywood history: The murder of Rebecca Schaeffer, a young and beautiful actress cut down in her prime by an obsessed fan, Robert John Bardo.
On July 18, 1989, the actress was shot to death in the doorway of her West Hollywood apartment by Robert John Bardo—an obsessed fan who had been stalking her for three years. This was one of the biggest stories that shook Hollywood in the late 80s.
Join us as we take a deeper dive into the lower depths of Stalker cases and definitions.What drives an obsessed fan to do the unthinkable?The paranormal aftermath, there are no hauntings on the site of Rebeccas murder but there is a correlation with the show My Sister Sam that Rebecca starred in and DTLA’s haunted Pico House.
Let’s travel back in time to 1989 On Ep. 39 as we close Season 3 with The True Crime and Paranormal Aftermath of Rebecca Schaffer.
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A Hollywood True Crime and Paranormal Podcast hosted by Tammie Merheb-Chavez and Brice Mitchell Williams. We discuss true crime and its paranormal association set in and around Hollywood, CA.AKA Hollyweird.
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On May 18, 2019 Hollyweird Paranormal was apart of a Lockdown at the infamous Braken Fern Manor hosted by OC Ghosts & Legends. Tune in and listen to our interviewS with the rest of the OC Ghost and Legends members along with our sit down with Dixie Tantardini, OC Ghosts & Legends’ Psychic and Medium. We talk about mobster ghosts, ghost hunting tools one should always carry during an investigation, how to protect yourself during a paranormal investigation and the creepy EVPs we collected during our investigation with OC Ghosts & Legends.
Braken fern manor built in 1926 was originally known as “The Crib” while the Tudor House formerly known as “Club Arrowhead of the Pines” became a social hideaway for Hollywood’s elite. The Manor- This 10 room, 10 bathroom was said to have been used as a brothel during prohibition while The Tudor House was used to house illegal gambling, liquor, and other illegal pastimes. Infamous mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was said to have funded the construction and built the locations as a sanctuary of escape for Hollywood’s big wigs and Mob members.
Nestled inSan Bernardino National Forest, surrounded by pine, cedar, and dogwood, at an altitude of 5100’, is Lake Arrowhead, CA, an area described as the “Alps of Southern California”
in 1826. At that time, about 40 Paiute Indians, a warlike tribe, used the mountains for their hunting grounds. They lived in the high desert area. Many were killed in a fight with the white men of Little Bear Valley.
At the same time, a more peaceful tribe of Indians, the Serranos, lived very near Little Bear Valley, in an area now known as Rock Camp, on the north side of the mountain.They would take their old and sick to Arrowhead Hot Springs for rejuvenation and healing. They hunted in the beautiful and bountiful valley and lived relatively peaceful, somewhat nomadic lives descending to the desert highlands and warmer inland valleys during the winter months.
Beneath the historic Arrowhead, sits the equally unique Arrowhead Springs. The Arrowhead Springs is a place deeply rooted in legend, with the most ancient one possibly being passed down from the Native Americans. The legend goes like this: The Great Spirit had an arrow, which was to guide the Native Americans to the spot where they were to make their home. The Great Spirit, having selected the place, fixed the arrow to mark it forever. It is believed that the native inhabitants of the San Bernardino Mountains through the Arrowhead directed the way to the hot springs with healing properties and therefore considered it holy ground.
Fast forward to the 1920s and prohibition. We touched on this subject in Ep. 30 on Famous Haunted Hollywood Bars.Police were cracking down on the mob in the city so the mob moved their operations in less discrete areas.One famous mobster who was rumored to lead this move was the notorious mobster, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegal.
Rumor has it that Bugsy talked the Chicago Mob into backing his new venture, which is now known as Bracken Fern Manor. This Alpine-style inn opened as Club Arrowhead in The Pines on July 4th, 1926. The inn had state of the art amenities, such as electricity! More importantly, it catered to the rich and famous, offering gambling, illegal liquor and “working girls.” Other amenities included an Olympic size swimming pool, skiing, tennis courts, a bathhouse, and more. The brothel continued operations through World War II. Gambling was maintained in the speakeasy (across the street) up until 1955. Today, Bracken Fern Manor is a Certified Historic Landmark in the State of California.
Across from Bracken Fern Manor is where gambling took place at The CLUB. Now called “The Tutor House.” The story has it that when cops were on their way up the mountain from San Bernardino, and administrators were alerted, gambling tables were actually turned over, then appearing as regular tables.
Bracken Fern Manor claims to be haunted by a former “working girl” named Violet. She killed herself after the mob killed her lover. You can still smell her violet-scented perfume wafting through the halls. Another ghost of a little boy has also been seen at this historic inn. He is thought to be the son of a former prostitute and was trampled by a team of horses. Today his tiny footsteps are often seen in the snow…so it is told.
After the inn became successful, Bugsy convinced the Bosses in Chicago to front him the dough for another little gambling adventure…..Las Vegas. However, Bugsy’s lavish taste caused him to go way over his one million dollar budget and ultimately cost him his credibility with Chicago. And his life. While he was having dinner one evening with his lover, Virginia Hill, at her Hollywood home, Bugsy was shot dead.
On Episode 37 Hollyweird Paranormal takes a deep dive into one of the most notorious and famous mansions in L.A. The Rosenheim Mansion or The American Horror Story Murder House. We talk about its history, mystery, past and current tenants. We also discuss the hauntings within the walls of the mansion along with the chaos outside that has the current owners living in fear. We ask you the question, what is worse? Dealing with the living or the dead? You also don’t wanna miss our sit down with the Doug Vanderpool who is the lawyer representing the mansion’s owners as he shares their crazy Hollyweird tales of ghosts and AHS fandom.
We had the opportunity to sit down and meet the paranormal team , OC Ghosts & Legends. They were leading and hosting a huge ghost hunt at The Oman House on April 13, 2019. Tune in to learn about their views on investigating the paranormal and how to pursue a career in the paranormal field. Lets discover the unknown with OC Ghosts and Legends!
Heads up! Tickets are still available for the Haunted BBQ and Ghost Hunt at The Oman House April 20, 2019. More details and ticket info below!
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On today’s episode we share ghost story submissions from out listeners! Tune in a we talk about haunted halloween decor, being able to connect with the dead, ghost pets and the scars you bare after investigating an abandoned mental hospital with a dark past. You dont want to miss this episode!
The Historic Harris House is a two-story Victorian Transitional home dating back to 1902. Recently, a film crew captured a “ghost” photo inside one of its upstairs rooms. Others, including the owner, have also experienced paranormal activity there as well.
On March 8th Hollyweird Paranormal attended Bizarre Los Angeles’ historic presentation and paranormal investigation at The Historic Harris House in Glendale, CA. Tune in to find out the what ghosts linger on the 2nd floor along with an EVP that Tammie collected in one of the most active rooms of the house.
To learn more about the Harris House then click on the link below!
On June 5, 1983, William Hughes peered through a sliding glass door into the master bedroom of the Ryen family’s house in Chino Hills. He spotted the bloodied body of his 11-year-old son Christopher, who had spent the night with the family. Nearby were Peggy and Doug Ryen, hacked and slashed to death. Eight-year-old Joshua Ryen lay on the floor, his throat slit, but alive. Out of sight in the hall was Jessica Ryen, 10, no longer breathing.
Two days before the killings, Kevin Cooper had escaped from a prison in Chino Hills, where he was serving a sentence fro burglary. Police found evidence – cigarette butts, a button from a prison uniform, a leather hatchet sheath – that Copper had spent two days in a house near the Ryen’s property after his espcape from CIM.
He was arrested about seven weeks after the killings. At the trial, jurors heard the lone survivor give a videotaped statement that conflicted with what he had said when he was first interviewed with hospital staff and San Bernadino detectives. Josh Ryen mentioned in his first statements that he saw 3 white or hispanic individuals in the house the night of the murders. More statements and evidence were later turned into authorities -that would later not be used in Kevin Cooper’s trials to support his case.
The Oscars might be the biggest night in the entertainment calendar, but it’s never just about honoring the best movies Hollywood has to offer. Over the course of its 91st-year history, the Academy Awards has had its fair share of controversy and scandal—from A-lister boycotts, to awkward musical numbers and even award mishaps.
On episode 31 we talk about the Oscars dark secrets and scandals that have recently made its way into light.We also touch on the brief history of The Oscars,the attack of the silent and smear campaigns , the 2019 Best film nominations and Oscar nominee ghosts?
Yes, we talk about a haunted house off of Rexford dr. in Beverly Hills that was owned by a famous Oscar nominee who saw a ghost, was haunted by a ghost and later became a ghost.You definitely don’t want to miss this crazy Hollyweird tale.
Los Angeles is world-famous for its nightlife. But do us Angelenos know that we are literally having spirits with the spirits while we are out in town?If you’ve always wanted to have drinks with a ghost, L.A. is definitely your town.Join us on another haunted walking tour of Los Angeles with your gurls as we travel from DTLA to Mid-Town and Hollywood to take a look inside some of the creepiest places to enjoy happy hour.
Tag along as we discover the underground prohibition tunnels, rub elbows with the hitchhiker ghost at eddy’s saloon, enjoy The Black Dahlia cocktail with the Black Dahlia herself and hang with the bathroom ghosts in Hollywood…yeah we’ll go into detail about that on Episode 30 of Famous Haunted Hollywood Bars.Lets get Hollywasted if you dare.