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The Cursed Creole Gucci Yacht

The Cursed Creole Gucci Yacht

A haunted yacht sinks the Gucci dynasty.

If you’ve read the incredible book “The House of Gucci,” by  Sarah Gay Forden (yes, it’s the one that the 2021 movie starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver was based on), you might recall the stunning, 200 foot wooden yacht that Mauritzio Gucci bought and remodeled at the height of his control over the Gucci Brand…this boat, called the creole, was notoriously cursed and with it, brought about death, destruction, and ghosts? Today, we’re talking about the creole, and it’s curse that spanned millionaires and generations. 

Built in 1927, its first owner was all american millionaire, yale alum, and industrialist Alexander Cochran. Christened the Vira, it was the largest wooden sailing yacht ever constructed. In the words of veteran photographer Gilles Martin-Raget, the boat was “outside all the norms of size, aesthetics and history”. And it would continue to be, without its maker at the hem. Why? Because with all its grandeur and glamour, Cochran  didn’t have time to enjoy the yacht- he died suddenly of cancer in 1929. 

His heirs sold the boat to a man named Maurice Pope, a British yachtsman who renamed his new purchase the Creole after a particularly delicious dessert invented by his personal chef. The ship’s name change was not a good move- if you’re familiar with ships or sailing culture (I’m not, and even I knew this was probably not kosher) sailors think that renaming ships is very very bad luck. The origins of this go back to Greek and Italian folklore, saying that When a boat is christened its name goes into the Ledger of the Deep, an old book of ships owned by Poseidon himself.  When a boat is renamed, Poseidon is insulted and yes, the ship’s owners pay dearly for their name swapping hubris. BUt nothing happens like that to the creole, the rest of the owners live peaceful and uneventful lives. JUST KIDDING, of course they don’t. 

In 1937 the creole was bought by financier Sir Connop Guthrie, who had just been made a baronet. Guthrie was a dedicated sailor who restored Creole’s rig and keel and raced her successfully until the Second World War, the British government requisitioned the Creole as a mine-hunting ship they named  the Magic Circle (yes, another name change. Yikes). In 1953, The boat was purchased by Greek billionaire and playboy Stavros Knee-arch-os. Restoring the war-torn Creole to its  pristine condition, Knee-arch-os made an addition- an upper deck cabin, as he refused to sleep below deck for fear of drowning.  

Knee-archos loved the creole, until two tragedies struck.In May 1970, the creole was docked on Knee-archo’s private island, Spetsopoula, in the Aegean. With Knee arch os was his wife, Eugenia Livanos and her sister, Christina.  What happened that night was disputed, but the official version is that Eugenia killed herself with an overdose of barbiturates. At a post mortem on the mainland, the pathologist reported severe bruising on Eugenia’s body and the  investigation began. Knee-arch-os was cleared but a witness says Eugenia had caught Knee-arch-os trying to force himself upon her sister, and a violent fight broke out.

Soon after, Knee Archos went on to marry Eugenia’s sister (yes the one who was there) Christina Livanos. In 1974, she ALSO overdosed and died. 

Heartbroken, Niarchos swore to never set foot on the Creole again, selling his once pride and joy to the  Danish navy in 1977. The Danes put the ship to use…it was repurposed in the late 70s as a floating rehab clinic. Not joking. 

Enter Maurizio Gucci who In 1982, buys the creole on a massive spending spree. His then wife, Patrizia Gucci used psychics and healers near constantly, and was immediately suspicious of the boat. She told her husband that there was a negative aura lingering around it,, which was not great news for Maurizio who set in motion a multi-million dollar restoration on the boat.

Not to stop the spending train, Mauritzio docked the Creole at Italy’s La Spezia shipyard, and had a psychic come exorcise any spiritual riffraff. Accompanied by Maurizio, Patritzia, and two crewmen, the psychic-named Frida- boarded the ship.

Sarah Gay Forden, sets the scene saying, At first, Frida walked about the ship in a trance. Finally, the five came to an open corridor. “Open the door, open the door,” she cried. As far as the ghost hunting party could see, there was no door, just a hallway. Then a dark look came across the face of one of the crewmen. Before Maurizio’s recent renovations, there HAD been a door right in that exact spot.

How did Frida know a door had been there? The psychic then strolled towards a nearby kitchen. She demanded to be left alone. This puzzled the group. Until one of the crewmen explained. This had been the kitchen where Eugenia’s body was found.

At this moment a gust of cold wind ran past them. Frida informed Maurizio, Patrizia and the crew the exorcism was complete. “It’s all over,” Frida said, “There are no more evil spirits on the Creole. Eugenia’s ghost promised me that from now on, she will protect the Creole and its crew.”

And then everything was fine. NO! Of course it wasnt! Maruzio Gucci was charged with tax fraud, money laundering and illegally acquired funds that were of course used to buy and refurbish the Creole. Maurizio was later acquitted but in massive debt. In 1993, Maurizio sold his share in Gucci, the last family member of the company his grandfather started back in 1921.  The buy out was a not so modest 170 million dollars, so Gucci kept the Creole and a couple years later, Maritzio gucci was killed mafia style by his vengeful ex wife Patrizia. 

Maurizio’s daughters Allegra and Alessandra inherited the Creole and maintain her to this day. The Gucci sisters say the Creole keeps their father’s memory alive, but a curse? No comment on that. 

 

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The Dark Side of TikTok

The Dark Side of TikTok

The most twisted and terrifying content from the dark side of TikTok.

Welcome to the TikTok dark side. TikTok has anything and everything from true crime to weird history to the haunted and paranormal to the downright strange. You just might find the most twisted and terrifying content on the dark side of TikTok.

Check out this episode of Ghost Town about one of the strangest and darkest sides of the internet.

 

 

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Living in a Real Haunted House

Living in a Real Haunted House

A long time ago, I lived in a haunted house. This is the story of how I found out, and the creepy story behind the haunting. 

According to USA Today, “An article from the Smithsonian, haunted houses originated, in some format, in London in the early 19th century. At the time, the public was exposed to new forms of entertainment – exhibits of the creepier variety.”

 

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The Deadly Haunted History of the Cecil Hotel

The Deadly Haunted History of the Cecil Hotel

The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles has a very deadly and haunted history. The strange case of Elisa Lam, The Night Stalker, and more.

The Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles has it’s share of chilling facts. When it comes to things haunted and unfortunate, this hotel had the market cornered. The Cecil Hotel in the Skid Row district of downtown Los Angeles is arguably the most haunted hotel in Los Angeles. The Cecil’s haunted legacy goes all the way back to The Great Depression. Opening in 1924, it was only a few years before the Depression filled the hotel with transients, and suicides on the regular. You can listen to the Ghost Town Podcast episode on the Cecil Hotel here. Let’s check out 5 chilling facts about the Cecil Hotel.

1. The Black Dahlia

Elizabeth Short, better known as the Black Dahlia was rumored to have had her last drink at the hotel bar in 1947. She turned up dead just a few miles away only days later.

2. The Night Stalker

Richard Ramirez, better know as “The Night Stalker”, convicted of a laundry list of heinous crimes, lived at the Cecil in 1985 during his murder spree.

3. The Unidentified Woman

In 1975, a still unidentified woman jumped from her 12th floor window onto the Cecil’s second-floor roof. It’s important for me to note how something relatively recent can be so mysterious, or at least lack so much basic, yet crucial information. Especially considering she registered with the hotel 4 days previous.

4. Jack Unterweger

Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger lived in the Cecil in 1991. Perhaps to feel a kinship to fellow serial killer Richard Ramirez.

5. Elisa Lam

The most recent head scratcher at the Cecil was the mysterious case of Elisa Lam. As far as unsolved mysterious go, this one will continue to be one of the most fascinating. The Guardian explains: “An inspection of the cistern on the hotel’s roof, the naked body of 21-year-old Elisa Lam, a Chinese-Canadian tourist who had been decomposing for roughly 19 days. Elevator security footage shows Lam, who suffered from bipolar disorder, acting erratically, alternately hiding in the corner of the elevator and dashing in and out. At one point, she gesticulates as if addressing an unseen figure. Police ruled her death an accidental drowning.” Accident? Or perhaps another victim of the Cecil Hotel?

Is a Cecil Hotel booking in your future? Not until October 2021. Just in time for Halloween!

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Exploring Janis Joplin’s Haunted Room | Landmark Hotel Hollywood

Exploring Janis Joplin’s Haunted Room | Landmark Hotel Hollywood

We rented Room #105 at the Highland Gardens Hotel (the former Landmark Motor Hotel, Landmark Hotel Hollywood, Landmark Hotel Los Angeles), the same room where Janis Joplin spent her last days. We talked to the hotel staff and had a medium read the room to explore the haunted occurrences.

According to Atlas ObscuraOn October 4th, 1970, Janis Joplin, one of the most iconic female musicians of the 1960s died from an accidental overdose of heroin in room #105 of the Landmark Motor Hotel, at the tragic age of 27.

Today that same lodging still stands, although now it is called the Highland Gardens Hotel, but you can still stay in the same hotel room where Joplin lived for the last few months of her life. During the height of her short career, Janis Joplin was the darling of the music scene, and lived the lifestyle to the hilt. Known as the “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul” to fans, and simply “Pearl” to friends, Joplin became somewhat of a superstar thanks to her magnetic performances and legendarily rock-and-roll lifestyle.

Unfortunately, like so many figures in Joplin’s position, the lifestyle eventually caught up with her and she died in a shocking overdose that sent shockwaves through the music scene and marked a decided change in the decadent vibe of the era.

The room in which Joplin spent her final hours is still a rentable hotel room, and her fans seem to know it. The closet contains a small brass plaque, commemorating Joplin’s life, and the walls are heavily decorated with fan art and notes, comprising a ever-evolving shrine to the late singer.”

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Exploring the Haunted Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Exploring the Haunted Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

We explore the haunted Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with a medium to see if we have a ghost encounter with Marilyn Monroe or another paranormal experience.

According to Hauntedrooms.com, “The hotel is famous for the celebrities who stayed in it during their lifetimes, and two very famous actors have never left it, even though they have been dead for decades. Actors such as Errol Flynn, Shirley Temple, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie are among its many guests over the years. But, it is Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift who are both rumored to be there still.

Marilyn Monroe still occupies suite #1200, where she has appeared to guests staying in the room. She has been seen in mirrors by many people staying in her suite. Actor Montgomery Clift, who was a good friend to Elizabeth Taylor and was nominated for an Academy Award for three different movies, is still most active in Room 928 and the hallway just outside.”

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Reseda House of Evil from Ghost Adventures

Reseda House of Evil from Ghost Adventures

A house in Reseda, CA is so evil it destroyed the lives of everyone who lived there.

A house in Reseda, CA is so evil it destroyed the lives of everyone who lived there. Featuring additional commentary from medium Patti Negri from Ghost Adventures / Travel Channel.

“There is a home so evil in Reseda, California, that it affects all who dare enter it. Inhabitants are becoming drug addicts and many have committed suicide. Zak Bagans and the crew struggle to keep their sanity when this dangerous investigation quickly turns into an emotional nightmare.”

 

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5 Creepy Places to Visit in California

5 Creepy Places to Visit in California

When you think about California, what is the first thing that pops into your head? Hollywood? Movie stars? Beaches? Sun? Fun? All of those are fine, but let’s get into the darker side of the Golden State. Let’s get into the 5 Creepy Places to Visit in California.

1. Cecil Hotel, Los Angeles.

The Cecil Hotel in the Skid Row district of Downtown LA  is arguably the most haunted hotel in Los Angeles. The Cecil’s haunted legacy goes all the way back to the Great Depression. Opening in 1924, it was only a few years before the depression filled the hotel with transients, and suicides on the regular. Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel Netflix documentary is out now.

The Black Dahlia was rumored to have had her last drink at the hotel bar. She turned up dead just a few miles away. Richard Ramirez, better know as “The Night Stalker”, convicted of a laundry list of heinous crimes, lived at the Cecil in 1985 during his spree.

The most recent head scratcher at the Cecil was the mysterious case of Elisa Lam. The Guardian explains: “an inspection of the cistern on the hotel’s roof, the naked body of 21-year-old Elisa Lam, a Chinese-Canadian tourist who had been decomposing for roughly 19 days. Elevator security footage shows Lam, who suffered from bipolar disorder, acting erratically, alternately hiding in the corner of the elevator and dashing in and out. At one point, she gesticulates as if addressing an unseen figure. Police ruled her death an accidental drowning.” Accident? Or another victim of the Cecil Hotel? The hotel is currently being renovated and redeveloped into a mix of hotel rooms and residential units.

2. Winchester Mystery House, San Jose.

Construction on the Winchester Mystery House began in 1884 and it never stopped until the owner, Sarah Winchester died in 1922.

It is believed that she spent around $5 million on construction. Sarah was convinced that her home was haunted by all of the victims killed by Winchester rifles. There are an estimated 160 rooms. With stairs that lead nowhere and doors that open to nothing, it’s the perfect backdrop to the haunted.

Mental Floss reports  “a Winchester house tour guide confirmed that the house’s third floor—only a portion of which is accessible during house tours—is definitely the spookiest part of the house, “because that’s where the servants lived, so there’s been a lot of reported activity there. Also, when you are on that floor you can never really hear any of the other tours, so you feel pretty isolated.” the Winchester mystery house is open for business as a tourist attraction. Good luck!

3. The Knickerbocker Hotel, Hollywood.

The Knickerbocker Hotel was the was the “it” place in Hollywood for quite sometime. Now however the aforementioned “it” leaned heavy on the tragic and somewhat dramatic. In 1936 Harry Houdini’s widow held her tenth séance to contact the magician on the roof of the hotel in a very publicized event. Marylin Monroe and Joe DiMaggio met for drinks at the hotel bar. Elvis stayed there for some time. In 1962, Hollywood costume designer Irene Lentz, believed to be distraught over Gary Cooper’s death, committed suicide by jumping from her 11th floor room window.

4. The Haunted Forest/Cobb Estate, Altadena.

I was at the Haunted Forest/Cobb Estate in Altadena a few years ago…during the day. The hike takes you to the allegedly haunted Cobb Estate.

Charles Cobb built the estate in 1918, and lived on the property until 1939. No supernatural or hauntings reporting up to that point. Well, not until the Marx Brothers came into the picture. Accord to Atlas Obscura “it was when the Marx Brothers bought the estate in 1956 that the rumors of strange noises and eerie lights at the now vacant home began to circulate amongst the townsfolk. Whether or not that had to do with the squatters and teenagers who used the house for various nocturnal activities is an open question. Finally, the brothers Marx had the dilapidated home torn down in 1959 and the land sat unused until 1971.”

It’s a very popular hiking trail for those who love to both hike and seek out some scares.

5. Alcatraz, San Fransisco.

Alcatraz has all the ingredients for a good haunting: it’s on an island, and it was formerly a prison. I went on the standard tourist tour they give, and loved every minute of it. You can feel the years of what must have gone down in that place.

Alcatraz earned it’s a rep as one of the most brutal and inhumane prisons in the country. Inexplicable events like the sound of someone playing the banjo scared prison guards and visitors alike. Many believe this to be the spirit of Al Capone, who spent his last days at the prison playing the banjo in the shower room to avoid being killed in the yard. Reports of the smell of smoke, the sounds of cell doors slamming, and disembodied voices moaning and screams have all been reported. Did I mentioned it’s on an island? It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in the us. Find out for yourself why!