One of my colleagues lives in a haunted house. A house so haunted, in fact, that she holds “haunted tea parties” to invite people to experience what she has lived with for the past decade. While she is relatively tuned in to her spirits and knows each personally, very few people outside of her circle of tea party guests will ever know of Leon, the Sad Woman, or the Dark Man.
There are, however, a number of famously haunted places in this country, many of which are haunted by the ghosts of the famous, those people who riveted us in life and continue to capture our fascination after death.
My top three favorite famous ghosts of famous people:
1. John Lennon
I grew up with the music of The Beatles, even though I was born after John Lennon was murdered (not too long after, but after nonetheless). For me, I’m slightly comforted to know that the spirit that Mark David Chapman took away from John Lennon’s body in 1980 may not have gone too far away from us: it is said that Lennon haunts the Dakota apartment building in New York City, his home for several years before he was gunned down just outside of it.
2. Jayne Mansfield
As evidenced by my childhood musical selections, I harbored feelings for many years that I was born into the wrong decade. A child of the eighties? I think not. I was certain I was meant for the fifties or sixties. To me, Jayne Mansfield embodied all it meant to be a sexy female, and I always thought that her death was absolutely tragic. (Besides, the woman had a pink house. Pink! What a perfect color!) It is said that her pink house, purchased by Englebert Humperdink after her death, is still rife with her presence. Honestly, I wouldn’t want to leave my pink house, either.
3. Marilyn Monroe
Like Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn is the iconic pinup of the past. Both, interestingly enough, were interested in seancés and other paranormal activities prior to their death, and perhaps that is why Marilyn Monroe remains one of the most famous of famous ghosts. It is said that her ghost haunts the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where she often stayed at the height of her fame, her tomb at Westwood Memorial Cemetary, and the Brentwood home where she was living at the time of her death.
What say you? Who are your favorite celebrity ghosts? Have you had the pleasure of meeting them, if not in this life, then in the next?