Laurel Canyon Boulevard
Harry Houdini could seemingly escape any situation…except his ties to the earthly plane. As enigmatic in life as he is in death, it’s unclear whether Houdini even owned the Laurel Canyon Boulevard mansion he allegedly haunts or if it just belonged to friend and he enjoyed spending time there. After her husband’s untimely death, Mrs. Houdini felt compelled to move into a smaller property on the estate and not content with her yearly seances at the Knickerbocker Hotel (see #7), she held weekly seances at her new pad in an attempt to communicate with him. Some believe she may have brought Houdini’s spirit back to the area as his ghost has been seen roaming around the ruins of the old mansion, which burned down in 1959 long after his death.
On the subject of mansions, another haunted building on the same street has similar supernatural activity and the stories are sometimes blended together. Known simply as “The Mansion”, the building which is used as a recording studio for bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park has been haunted since 1918 when the a man pushed his lover off a balcony. The usual suspects of orbs, apparitions and doors opening and slamming have been experienced but with varying opinions of how benevolent the spirits’ intentions might be.