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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Glen Tavern Inn- Santa Paula, CA

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It’s a state of the art, historic hotel. It’s seen many of Hollywood’s faces such as Clark Gable, Steve McQueen, John Wayne, and Harry Houdini. It’s also a state of the art paranormal monument. Standing since 1911, The Glen Tavern Inn has been through quite a bit, from benefiting during the oil boom, to struggling during the prohibition era.  After standing for over 100 years, many sightings of paranormal activity are reported often. This might be due to the lack of documented information, when the 3rd floor had illegal activity going on.

On the first floor, there’s reports of a woman that is seen often. She’s been seen in the General Manager’s room in 106. She walked in one day, and vanished through the walls. She’s also been sighted in room 103 by Psychic Patrick Smith. He saw the woman taking care of someone who appeared to be ill in bed. The 2nd Floor of the hotel use to be used as a tuberculosis wing, back then. Perhaps the 1st floor was used as well. Visitors of the 2nd floor often report the sounds of children laughing and running around. More claims of the 2nd floor is that people often feel sleep paralysis.

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Most guests report of activity on the 3rd floor often. Back in the prohibition era, Glen Tavern’s 3rd floor was used as a Brothel, Gambling hall, and Speakeasy. The most talked about room is the infamous Room 307, where a prostitute was said to have been beheaded in the closet. A cowboy was also shot in the head in 307. The Cowboy could be a man named Calvin. Employees and guests feel that there is just something wrong with the room. He is also seen in the Hallways of the 3rd floor. Guests have seen him walk through the walls, and disappear. The hotel use to have his hat up on display. Unfortunately, the hat is gone now. It’s believed that one of the guests took the hat.

Room 308 also has many documentations of paranormal activity. It’s the main suite of the hotel. It also goes by The Houdini Suite, when Harry Houdini stayed here. A Latino paranormal group that visited the hotel, used an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) technique where they poured water to capture an EVP, and successfully did it. We decided to do the same technique when we stayed here. We weren’t expecting much, but ended up getting more than we bargain for. It started off, trying to communicate with the children spirits that roam throughout the hotel. When we focused our attention to Houdini, things started to act up. The moment we asked if he was here, an orb manifests on our camera phone in the middle of the screen, and shoots up. We do further research in the room that night, and do the water pouring technique to see what would happen. As we turned on the water faucet, while running the recorder, we caught an EVP saying “I need milk.” The EVP is significant, because only one team member knew about Houdini’s Milk Can Escape trick. It was also a credible capture, because the Milk Can Escape Trick was Houdini’s favorite. He called it “The best escape that I have ever invented.” Also, going outside of 308, one of our team members got some minor scratches.

@spydamonkii just got some minor scratches right now outside of Room 308. He just started feeling them out of no where....
Posted by S.I.U. The Supernatural Investigation Unit on Saturday, March 7, 2015

An additional room with activity was room 301. We didn't have much info on it, but felt we got some valuable data in this room when we were in there. We had a Rem-Pod on in the room, and it went off. We also had our Ovilus III running as well. Before the Rem-Pod went off, the Ovilus said the word "Disaster." After it said this, the Rem-Pod went off 3 times.  Perhaps a spirit was trying to notify us of a incident that happened in the room, when the 3rd floor had illegal activity going on. 

The Glen Tavern Inn continues to accumulate stories of spirit activity, as it continues to stand. As of today, it's one of many paranormal investigators favorite places to stay in the category of haunted hotels. More sightings at Glen Tavern are most definitely guaranteed.

Learning that #harryhoudini was in #room308 we asked if his presence was here. We told him we'd appreciate if he gave a...
Posted by S.I.U. The Supernatural Investigation Unit on Saturday, March 7, 2015

We're in room 308 right now investigating the suite. Harry Houdini stayed here when he was alive. We captured an EVP...
Posted by S.I.U. The Supernatural Investigation Unit on Saturday, March 7, 2015

  Glen Tavern Inn Nightmare by Adam Knoedler

I was at my house taking a shower. It was a cold day in the nightmare. Partly cloudy, with some heavy blue clouds. I finished my shower, and started walking around the house. I went into the kitchen to grab a snack, since I was a little hungry.  I finished my almonds, and walked into the living room. As I walked in, I looked out the main window, and saw this hearse parked outside of my house. 

There was a mortician in the driver sit stalking me. I couldn't make out his face, because he was completely covered in a shadow. I slowly walked backwards into the den, and for some reason started turning off all the lights, as if this was going to protect me from him. I then walked into the office in the back of the house to turn off the last light. As I did this, a feeling of relief came over me. It was then I turned around, and saw that the mortician had some how gotten into the house. I couldn't see him. He was a black figure so dark, I could see the outline of him. As soon as I turned around, he put his hand around my throat, and began to choke me. He had a strong grip, and I was loosing air fast. It was then, I plucked his hand away, and managed to give the mortician a palm heel strike to his face. The blow was strong enough to knock him out for the time being. I then turned on the light to the office, and came back to the mortician to confront him. I grabbed his suit, and pulled him into me, to see what he wanted with me. It was to my shock, that I learned that the mortician that was stocking me, was me. I suppose this was my doppleganger. 

The story behind dopplegangers is if you see it, you die. Then I woke up. Since that nightmare, nothing bad has happened. Another investigation of Glen Tavern was done 7 months later in October, it was again an active night. Glen Tavern is truly the most haunted hotel on the west coast.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

David Wayne Sconce, and Avalon Funeral Home- Pasadena/Altadena, CA

If you thought Pasadena, CA was not haunted ( or didn’t have horrific things happening at all), think again. We here at S.I.U. The Supernatural Investigation Unit, seem to keep attracting stories from around town. We didn’t think there was so much more to Pasadena, than we thought. For the longest time, we just thought Pasadena’s hauntings were the Colorado St. Bridge, and The Haunted Forest. It’s accumulated since we’ve started. Our newest creepy story comes from a former Pasadena Mortician named David Wayne Sconce.

This guy was apparently “the worst funeral director ever” according to Caleb Wilde, who runs the popular facebook page Confessions of a Funeral Director. He’s not talking about his skills. He means, he was extremely corrupt. I found this out on his blog about death facts. One of the pictures mentioned a Pasadena mortician ran an illegal crematory in Hesparia, CA. I didn’t think he meant Pasadena, CA. Sure enough, he did. It was disguised as a ceramics plant. Fortunately, a man called the police and told them he was smelling dead bodies. The station didn’t believe him. He then followed it up with “Don’t tell me I’m not smelling dead bodies! I was in Auschwitz!” Fair enough, right? Here’s part of an article from the Whittier Daily News.

“Oscar’s Ceramics on Darwin Road in Hesperia, a plant that purportedly was making ceramic panels for space stations, was instead a secret crematorium. Investigators on Jan. 20, 1987 found two large kilns, each more than half filled with the burning bodies of human beings. Human bones and ashes partially filled eight 55-gallon garbage cans. The thick, dark liquid of human body fats and oils covered the floor, running out the back door to a makeshift pit. Pasadena Crematorium, located in Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena. The Altadena crematorium was gutted by fire Nove. 23, 1986, yet the cremations credited to the facility continued. David Sconce was operating an unlicensed crematorium in Hesperia.”

That’s not the only bad thing he did. As a matter of fact, the list goes on.

-He sold body parts and organs. In the process of this, he counterfeited the organ donor consent forms.

-Authorized mass cremations.

-Had gangs beat rivaling morticians.

-Had a hitman target a business competitor who was going to purchase a rivaling crematiory facility.

-He had stolen gold denture teeth.

-Plead guilty on 21 accounts. Did a two and a half year sentence in jail.

Sconce’s parents were involved in his scandal. They ran The Lamb Funeral Home on Orange Grove Blvd. According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, “The Lamb Funeral Home (the funeral home owned by Sconce) case led to a massive lawsuit that also involved 100 mortuaries that contracted with the funeral home for cremations. The $15.5 million suit in 1991 involved 20,000 relatives of people cremated at the funeral home.”

The Former Lamb Funeral Home is now the Avalon Funeral Home. However, it seems to be abandoned as of recent. As of right now, since we haven’t investigated the place, we have no evidence to say that it is haunted. All we can say as of right now, is that it is a potential haunting. We know the patterns of a haunting. With all the history of this building, there’s definitely spirits that are not at rest. We’re speaking in theory. The fact that it is abandoned now, says something. The history is disturbing, and it probably opened some negative doorways. Whenever bodies are not properly put to rest or the deceases wishes were not fulfilled, it causes the spirit to be stuck. I’m sure the spirits have some things they would like to say to Sconce and his parents.

It’s unfortunate that Mountain View Cemetery had to deal with Sconce as well. There has been reports of paranormal activity at the cemetery and the mausoleum’s. There’s been disembodied footsteps and voices in the Mountain View Mausoleum. One worker reported a man in a suit on the third floor. The worker said he was chased out by this man, turned around, and saw no one there. Wonder if these spirits are ones that had to deal with Sconce’s undertaking, and have something that they want to share with us. Perhaps some simple wishes to be fulfilled.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Rialto Historical Society- Rialto, CA

The city of Rialto has something known as “The Best Kept Secret of Rialto.” That secret is known as The Rialto Historical Society. Another secret that most people don’t know about this location, is it’s ghostly occupants.

One of the most talked about ghosts at this location, is the ghost of Kristina. A little girl who had died of leukemia. The Hendrickson’s, her family, purchased the property in order to save it. As of today, the museum is called the Kristina Dana Hendrickson Cultural Center. Her ashes were found in the church, and are said to be in the basement. According to a blog, it was mentioned that three seances were done in order to cross her over to the other side. However, on our investigation, we believed she came by to visit.

We had went into her room, and brought her a stuffed kitten, and ball to play with. Setting up the Rem-Pod and K-II meter, we were getting EMF hits when we were rolling the ball towards the EMF detectors. A spirit seemed present. We asked if it was Kristina, and the K-II started spiking. One of our team members had touched the rem-pod by mistake, and the K-II spiked again. We asked if she thought it was funny that we had made a mistake. The K-II once again, gave an intelligent response. By the end of the session, we had asked if we should go to another room. The EMF detector spiked once again.

 To the left of Kristina’s room is the stairway. One of the most talk about captures of this loaction, is the ghost of a woman that was caught on these stairs. Richard McInnis of RHS (Rialto Historical Society) caught a photo of a spirit that was standing on the stairway. He didn’t know it at the time. A few days after the photo was taken, the historian John Anthony Adams, was giving a tour to elementary school kids. He didn’t say anything about the image that was captured. Later on in the tour, four of the students screamed, and said they had seen a ghost. She had black hair, and was wearing a white victorian dress. The spirit was standing in the same spot where the photo was captured. The police have also seen this woman. There are nights when security alarms go off, and local police are pulled to the location. Two different policemen have said they saw a woman in a victorian dress, standing at the top of the stairs.

In the Groom’s room, we were informed by Richard, that there’s a spirit there that doesn’t like it when women are in the room. That same spirit also doesn’t like it when people sit in the leather chair. He had said that investigators were reporting feeling sick, and drained from sitting in the chair. Being a believer in the paranormal myself, I was actually skeptical of this claim. So, when we began our investigation of RHS, I had to test out the chair. It turns out, that the chair claim (at least in my case) was accurate. I did this in two investigations of RHS. The first time, my energy was completely drained. I was laying down through about 85% of the investigation. I went in wanting to hunt ghosts. After sitting in the chair, I just wanted to go to sleep. In our second investigation, I didn’t sit in the chair until near the end of investigation. While running spirit box, I lied down on the floor once again. Before the spirit box session, we got out the ovilus. The ovilus mentioned that the chair was a trap. I’d have to say by now that that would be an accurate claim.

 Other paranormal claims of The Rialto Historical Society include a vortex in the building, Apparitions that have been seen sitting on the pews in the church,  and the ghost of a bride in the bride’s room (where else?). The location has been standing now since 1907. What do you think of the best kept secret in Rialto, CA now?