There are many haunted places in the world. Some are easy to distinguish on sight, and others defy convention with their bland exteriors that hide disturbing, evil insides.
All these places have something in common. They were not built to be considered dwellings of spirits or vortexes of despair.
Many of these hot spots of harrowing history are just everyday places with standard facilities where darkness tends to overwhelm those within and drives its occupants into dangerous places from time to time.
No building in LA is more haunted than the Cecil Hotel. Now known as the Stay On Main, in an attempt to rid itself of its spotty and disturbing past, the hotel is known as a place where many strange and awful things have happened since it was created.
Despite that dark past, it continues to function as a regular hotel, luring in unsuspecting travelers to add to the horrible history of the 15-floor fear factory.
10 By Any Other Name
The Cecil was built in 1924 when Los Angeles was still a growing, burgeoning city. It hosted tourists and business people as the primary clientele.
It was built up as a lavish project with marble floors and stained glass windows in the lobby.
Three hoteliers, entrepreneurs in the business of nightly rental room space, spent a combined 4$ million in 1920s money just shortly before the Great Depression made the area around the hotel an unfortunate hangout for local homeless.
9 Sad For Business
Early on, The Cecil ended up attracting a certain kind of clientele.
Perhaps it was the distance from the well-established and popular East Coast cities or the distractions afforded by the burgeoning West Coast culture, but men who came into the hotel for a night would often not wake up the following day.
Suicide was a frequent check-out cause for the passing folks that checked into the hotel, with several gruesome incidents occurring within the first few years of its grand opening.