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Linda Vista Hospital featured in VH1’s “Charm School”

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Screenshot courtesy of VH1.

After a noticeable spike in traffic (1,000 visitors is huge for me!), I started wondering what all the fuss was about.  Well, I was flipping channels the other day and got my answer.  VH1’s “Charm School with Ricki Lake”, which features dumped contestants from the network’s past two reality dating shows, sent its “students” to the abandoned Linda Heights Hospital.  The so-called haunted hotspot is actually Linda Vista Community Hospital, which was visited and previously written about on this blog.  (I am by no means whatsoever a fan of the show, but if you’re curious, check it out here, courtesy of an anonymous commenter’s link on that post).

Though no ghosts come out to play on the VH1 episode, others who’ve checked out the hospital have had their own odd experiences.  The Los Angeles Paranormal Association recorded strange humming noises during one of their visits.  In a past interview on this blog, the hospital’s manager said he believes oftentimes the old building’s natural noises are “misinterpreted.”  In any case, listen to LAPA’s recording and decide for yourself.

Regardless of whether the location is the home to the dead or living (remnants of the homeless can be seen here and there), the hospital continues to garner attention from urban explorers, paranormal investigators and curious Angelenos alike.

At the west edge of Brentwood hides a Nazi past

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Murphy Ranch, located off the Rustic Canyon Trail, was a Nazi commune in the making until the man behind it all was arrested during WWII by the FBI.

Summertime at Camp Josepho in Topanga State Park might be filled with Boy Scouts honing their BB-gun-slinging skills, fine-tuning their eye for archery or earning an equestrian merit badge.  But less than a mile south of the youth camp lies a more sinister history.

Murphy Ranch, just off the Rustic Canyon Trail at the west edge of Brentwood, was supposed to be a safe haven for Nazis and the future of the Fourth Reich.  But its founders’ plans went sour after it turned out Nazi Germany was not going to bring about the New World Order in the United States and would eventually be defeated by the Allied powers of WWII.

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Boyle Heights’ Linda Vista Community Hospital

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Linda Vista Community Hospital, Boyle Heights

We couldn't get inside of the hospital, but I took this photo of the building's front. Another visit will happen soon!

Update: Check out the second post on the hospital, which includes an interview with the location’s manager and photos from the inside.

According to the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Linda Vista Community Hospital, formerly known as Santa Fe Coast Hospital, was built in 1937 and used to treat Santa Fe Railroad employees.  After closing in 1991, the hospital was named as a historical building in 2006 by the U.S. in their National Register of Historic Places (NRHC) and is now only used as a filming location (its website is www.lindavistalocation.com).

There have been claims that the hospital is haunted by its past doctors and patients; unfortunately, the doors were locked and we could not get inside to investigate.  There were a couple trucks of firefighters training on the east side of the building, and after asking the groundsmen about the location, we were told we could come back the next day after the firefighters were done training – not too sure what that meant, but in any case, another trip is due soon for interviews.  See under the cut for more photos  taken at the site.

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