Guns n Roses: “Sweet Child O Mine” Filmed In Huntington Park, CA

I’ve heard this rumor a lot over the years, and seen it mentioned online. But nobody seemed to know exactly where “Sweet Child O Mine” was filmed.

I brought this up in a Huntington Park group I’m in on Facebook, and it generated some interesting conversation. Having grown up in HP I didn’t remember any ballroom there, but in the 80’s I left HP and was in film school (for a brief time) in Hollywood.

After much discussion, including a dismissal of an article claiming Huntington Beach was the location of SCOM filming, the actual location was indeed a ballroom at 6130 Pacific Blvd, Huntington Park, CA 90255. Today, it is a 99 Cent store.

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The ballroom existed above the now 99 Cent store, and looks like it’s been closed off for quite some time. SCOM took an entire day and part of the night to film. The ballroom was known as Mendiolas, then La Rumba nightclub, which eventually closed due to health code violations. Supposedly Black Sabbath played there once in the 1970’s under an assumed name, but the so-called Punk Rock Riots, also known as the Exploited Riot made it infamous.

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Get the flyer here

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Get the original photos above here

I will have to take a trip down to HP and see if the 99 Cent store would let me check out the upstairs!

Check this article out as well.

Thanks to Letty Martinez, Sergio Ortiz, Jim Ramirez, Yvonne Felissa Salgado, and Alfred Valadez.

“Voices From The Tapes, Recordings From The Other World” by Peter Bander

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Last Bookstore sign.

I visited “The Last Bookstore” for the first time last week. It’s a great place with lots of character. It’s located in the Spring Arts Tower at 5th & Spring, and used to be a depression era bank. The vaults and heavy vault doors are still there, as well as the original tile floor.

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Upstairs vault.

I of course asked one of the workers there if it was haunted. He replied that no one wants to venture up to he second floor at night before closing. Awesome.

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Shot from the second floor.

My friends Sabrina and Gladys quickly found the strange and occult section of the bookstore on the creepy second floor.


Gladys and Sabrina

Gladys pointed out a book she thought I’d be interested in, and it was an excellent choice. The book is “Voices From The Tapes, Recordings From The Other World” by Peter Bander. (Yes I know it’s kind of ironic for me to supply an Amazon.com link to a book I found in a staunchly proud indie bookstore, but…actually I have no excuse!)

The book represents early research into the phenomenon of EVP(Electronic Voice Phenomenon). It’s written by the man who wrote the preface and edited Konstantīn Raudive’s Breakthrough. I found the introduction to “”Voices From The Tapes” very relevant to today’s paranormal investigators.

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Quote from introduction.

But the coolest thing was the book was a gift to someone in 1977, and a small note was left at the beginning of the book.

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The gift.

So my friend Lia wanted me to report on this book as I read it. I’m reading the book in pieces, as I rarely find time to read a book anymore! The entire book is only 160 pages, and could easily be finished in an evening. But I sometimes like to ‘live” with a book for a while, and think about what I’ve read. I may not get back to a book for a week or more.

The book first takes us through scientific reaction to the EVP phenomena, and how serious it was taken and researched in the 1970’s. Batteries of tests are presented, trying to figure out just where the voices were coming from. By process of elimination, Bander states the voices were dismissed from coming from outer space, or a projection of our subconscious, also known as “thought forms.” The only “possibility” left were voices of the dead. The voices d indeed show up on oscilloscopes, even after every possibility was eliminated, including radio waves.

Surprisingly, Bander’s book is openly critical of Konstantīn Raudive. The author chronicles the problems he had with the very demanding Raudive in getting “Breakthrough” ready for publication. Bander also states that some of Raudive’s conclusions were questionable, and he insisted that questionable material be present in his book. Bander states that “Breakthrough” is a difficult read, and it is. I’ve owned the bouk for about 3 years and still haven’t finished it. The book is basically meticulous notes of all the EVP Raudive captured, with side notes and minutiae that are just boring to read through.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for another update!

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Hallway to the 99 cent books.

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From the second floor.

Oman House Paranormal Investigation And Seance August 7th and 8th 2015

David Oman is opening his home up once again for two nights of séance and investigations for what is reportedly the last time.

Friday August 7th and Saturday August 8th fall on the 46th anniversary of the Sharon Tate Murders

The séance and investigations begin at 8:00pm Friday night August 7th and ends at 3am August 8th. The next evening, Saturday August 8th will also be at 8:00pm and concludes at 3:00am. For tickets, a direct link is here. Check out the Facebook event page and let everyone know you’re coming; and coordinate with friends. Also, check out the public group for the Oman House Investigations, where last minute announcements are posted.

Investigators are allowed to bring their own equipment to the Oman House, so take this opportunity to test your most reliable paranormal gear into a very active location. You’ll also have access to David Oman himself on both nights, where he will candidly answer any questions you may have. Check out David Oman’s Youtube page for some amazing video of incidents occurring at the Oman House.

Night Stalkers Featured at ScareLA 2015!

Great news just came in today from ScareLA!. NIGHT STALKERS, my first paranormal documentary, will be shown at this year’s ScareLA! NIGHT STALKERS is a time capsule of paranormal investigation and investigators as they existed in Southern California in 2010. Be sure to come to ScareLA this August, on the 8 & 9, and see NIGHT STALKERS on the big screen along with other GREAT horror related films.

I will also be sharing a vendor table at the event with Bob Davis and Brian Clune of PLANET PARANORMAL, where I will be selling NIGHT STALKERS and HOTEL CAMARILLO DVDs, so be on the lookout for our table!

This year ScareLA will be at a brand new 100,000+ sq.ft. venue, the Pasadena Convention Center on August 8 & 9, 2015

New Oman House Séance and Ghost Hunt June 19th, and June 20th

The next Oman House Séance and Ghost Hunt will be happening Friday, June 19th, and Saturday, June 20th. Click this link here for tickets.

In the last blog I talked about the infamous picture that was taken on the anniversary of the Manson murders last year at David Oman’s house on August 9th, 2014. The other interesting incident that happened that night was reported on the tabloid TV show, TMZ. According to one of the girls that were there, a fire alarm at the Oman House went off mysteriously during the séance with apparently no explanation. Check out the TMZ report here

I have no idea why the TMZ reporter would report that incident that way, because that’s not what happened. What actually set off the fire alarm was another investigator in the guest bedroom burning sage! At one point I smelled smoke, and told everyone at the table that there may very well be a fire in the house. I then noticed smoke coming from the guest bedroom door, and got up to investigate. When I opened the door, it looked like a scene from a Cheech and Chong movie; the entire room was blanketed in smoke!

Thankfully, the entire séance was streamed live by ParanormalZoneTV. You can watch everything from the infamous photograph unfold, to the (not so) mysterious smoke alarm incident happen! I’ve also broken down key points in the video if you want to skip to those incidents.

At 20 minutes, the smoke alarm incident happens! (You can see me seated in the upper right hand corner)

At 21:11, I say I smell something

At 21:28, I discover the cause of the mysterious smoke alarm incident!

At 22:32, the “infamous” photo is taken

Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks: The David Oman House

On August 08, 2014 I attended a ghost hunt at the David Oman house for the second night in a row. During a séance, a photo was taken of an interesting phenomenon. So interesting in fact, that Dr. Barry Taff labeled it, “one of the most significant pictures ever taken in the history of parapsychology,” The photo will also be part of the “Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks episode of the David Oman House, which is set to air March 28, 2015 on the Travel Channel

Picture of Scottie Megelin taken in the third floor of David Oman’s House August 08, 2014. Photographer: Tara Viosca Mead

Since that addendum to Dr. Taff’s Oman House article was added, people who weren’t even there that night have been writing themselves into the incident. The only person missing was the subject of the photo. This was brought up to the photographer, but what resulted were deletions and a willful (IMHO) disregard for giving any credit at all to the subject of the photo. David Oman himself, who pointed out how interesting the photo was in the first place, has been ignored as a contributor.

Thankfully, this has been rectified. Dr. Taff was contacted, and he secured permission from Scottie Megelin to use her name in identifying the person in the photograph. Scottie’s name now rightfully appears in Dr. Taff’s article.

Scottie discussed the night in question, and it’s a very eerie read.

Here are more photos from the night in question at the séance. tune in to the Travel Channel on March 28, 2015 to see the episode!

Ghost Boxes, Self Congratulatory Confirmation Bias, and the Smirking Skeptic

A lot of investigators who don’t feel that audio I.T.C. (Instrumental Trans Communication) works for them, but DO put faith in EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) are passing around this article by Mitch Silverstein, Stephanie Bohn, and Kenny Biddle called, Testing the Validity of the Ghost Box as a Tool for Paranormal Investigation

Again, has anyone actually read this self serving report, past the title of the article? It’s a very sneaky, subversive and self congratulatory piece, in my opinion.

It emphasizes the “silliness” of communicating with the dead in the first place, and uses that baseless conclusion as self imposed fact that such a thing is impossible with no proof either way.

Now granted, I personally get tired of ghost hunters insisting that the very real phenomenon of ITC and EVP voices are actually spirits of the dead with no proof as well. But I don’t dismiss the phenomenon itself, which is what this study was concocted to do. Sharp readers will also see that the authors threw in EVP as equally silly and irrelevant.

The study never once declared that these tests were conducted in settings that have a reputation of being haunted. The study never touched on whole sentences captured in the same voice over several channels being caught by investigators. The study never touched on foul language coming from “ghost boxes”, which would be an impossibility if it were merely radio stations broadcasting these voices, as the FCC doesn’t allow foul language over the airwaves.

I.T.C. session in the basement of an old and famous Hollywood club.
The voice says, “What the fuck!”

I’ve witnessed several times direct answers to questions posed by investigators come from “shack hacks.” To completely dismiss this and my points above simply because you are a hard line skeptic (which I once was) is simply dishonest reporting. And sneaking in the jab at EVP in this report too just confirms that this study never set out to be unbiased.

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Guest says, “I’m not here to expel you, either.” The answer from the Hackshack was, “Expel meeeeee!”

Updates and The Oman House Investigation March 13th and 14th!

We just had Hotel Camarillo‘s 5th public screening at the legendary and infamous C.I.A. Bar February 26th. There may be a couple more surprise events for Hotel Camarillo coming up in the near future.

We are also gearing up for a Queen Mary paranormal doc with Planet Paranormal’s Brian Clune and Bob Davis. And we are now in the planning stages for a paranormal doc on California’s haunted missions, with Stephen Franco and Richard Senate!

But first, time has to be made for investigating the unknown! I have a lot of supernatural events that I will be going to this month, but by far the biggest one will be the David Oman House investigations Friday, March 13th, and Saturday, March 14th.

The David Oman house, which was featured on the season 9 opening episode of Ghost Adventures, sits 150 feet away from the site of the tragic Sharon Tate murders committed by the Manson Family in 1969.

The Oman House tour includes the history of the Tate Murders and full investigation of The Oman House, a Seance, Good Food and Drink and a “I Survived The Oman House” T-Shirt. All for $99.00.

Friday, March 13th

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Eventbrite Ticket Sales

Saturday, March 14th

Facebook Event Page

Eventbrite Ticket Sales

As The Paranormal Turns…

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of emails and Facebook PMs from people who tell me they are being threatened, warned off, and “unfriended” from Facebook for being involved in the “Hotel Camarillo” project. Make no mistake, there is a lot of jealousy swirling around this documentary. All of it completely necessary, as we’ve reached out to even the most distasteful Paranormal Pariahs, in an effort to include all investigators who have walked Camarillo’s abandoned halls capturing evidence.

Fortunately,”Hotel Camarillo” currently has nothing but the best in the paranormal field participating. The vapid will not be missed.

Here is one such email that I received. The sender asked me to eliminate their name, but gave me permission to use this in the blog to illustrate the pettiness going on. Below is the original comment in reaction to my “The Thick Plottens…” blog:,p>

“Oh WOW! I couldn’t help but start to roll my eyes a little at Louis’ claims! WE have ALL investigated out there at one time or another. We have all paid our “dues” to be there and if he chooses to be nasty about the film then guess what? That is HIS loss and he will regret it one day! He cannot sue Frank for what evidence Frank uses, a judge would just throw out the case! It is just too bad that Louis can’t get over himself, or the issues he bears long enough to be a part of the film since he did put a lot of time in investigating as lot of us have over the years. It should be about educating the public about what CSUCI once was and still in many ways remains. I just wouldn’t pay any attention to anyone that is negative about the documentary.”

The emails follow:

“I guess I cannot speak my mind. I was threatened by withheld for posting how I felt about him. (Here’s what he wrote:)

… Even before you wrote this, I found your attempt to friend me on Facebook quite amusing… to actually think I’d accept a friend request – not out of any actual desire to interact with me – but instead to be a fly on the wall.

…. I DO also have a series of several damning photos of you taking bong hits of marijuana in one of the hallways – so much for “educating the public about what CSCUI one was…” (whatever the hell that means). But alas, I’ve keep those little inconvenient truths under wraps… No negativity – or any feelings whatsoever – for individuals I’m neither emotionally invested in, nor whom I respect. These people are as dead to me as the Spirits they claim exist there.

Friend Request Denied.

So I get accused of being a spy and doing bong hits at CSUCI! lol

I told him I do not hide that I once smoked pot at CSUCI, but at least get it right, it was not a bong, it was a pipe! What a jerk! I told him I’m a medical marijuana patient. I happened to be very sick that day and the person I was with, whom I trusted and asked if they even minded if I smoked, did a sneaky thing to me and snapped photo’s of me smoking! Then months later emailed them to people obviously trying to make me out to be a bad person. I’m over it and I do not hold negativity toward that any longer. He talks as if he took photo’s of me himself, lol!

He is obviously still very bitter about the past and won’t let it go! I tried to explain to him I didn’t write what I wrote to attack him. I was trying to say, why hold onto the past when something awesome like your documentary is happening, ya know? I told him I feel sorry for him that he feels I had bad intentions toward him. Oh well…

Oh and here is the last message he sent me:

Truth… You are an acquaintance at BEST – irrelevant in my lived experience… Ergo, your “opinions” as well as your revisionist historical account of someone who threw you under the bus are rendered mute.(sic) Keep defending folks that think your cray cray. Some of whom only live mere miles from you.

Editor’s Note: The proper phrase uses the word “moot”; those that bolster their self importance by picking phrases out of a Thesaurus usually won’t know that.

…and then he actually blocked me after that message! Good lord! Someone is being quite dramatic!

As The Paranormal Turns…