Hotel Cecil in Los Angeles, California
Cursed more than ghosts, Downtown L.A.’s Hotel Cool got such a bad rap that it actually changed its name to Stay Maine. If you’re a fan of real crime and mystery superheroes, you’ve already heard of it. Where to start? A lot of bad things have happened here. The first reported suicide was in 1931, followed by similar deaths in 1932, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1939 and 1940. At some point in the 30s, a man nailed a truck to an exterior wall. In 1944, a woman killed her newborn baby in a building, and the pattern of suicide lasted until the 1960s. In 1962, a woman jumped out of a ninth-floor window and climbed onto a sidewalk, killing both. Two women who died in suicide are said to have jumped while their husbands were sleeping in the room.
Goldie Osgood, a tenant, was brutally murdered in 1964 and is still unresolved. Other strange things continue to happen, but the strangest thing is the disappearance and death of 21-year-old tourist Eliza Lam. A few weeks after Lam’s disappearance, her body was found in the roof water tank after guests and tenants complained about the funky taste. Later they
found strange scenes about her in the elevator from the night she disappeared. It’s hard to figure out what she’s doing; she seems to be playing hide and seek with someone outside the elevator, or she is scared and tries to hide from someone but the doors don’t seem to close. The authorities ruled that the death was accidental drowning. But many are skeptical because you need a key to access the roof.
Lui Family Mansion in Taiwan
Built in the Baroque style in 1929, the Minxiong Ghost House (Louis Family Palace) is a marvelous place with a heartwarming history. Located in the countryside of Taiwan, it has been abandoned since the family fled the scene in the 1950s. Like all mysterious places, there are plenty of fictions around the family and why they once left the beautiful place. According to local legend, the maid had an affair with her employer, Liu Rong-yu, and when the secret came out, she jumped into the well and died (but since she was not alive to tell the story, who was the other family member? Didn’t the member push her?). She then returned to haunt the family until they left. A few years later, it was taken over by members of the Kuomintang (KMT) in China, many of whom were believed to have committed suicide, exacerbating its reputation as a ghost. Visitors have seen ghost scenes and they have reported many of them.
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