Haunted Santa Cruz, California

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Though generally a peaceful coastal city, the dark stains from Santa Cruz's past still linger. A former Spanish Mission, Holy Cross Catholic Church harbors a dark history of a brutal revolt of native Ohlone Indians that killed the cruel Father Andres Quintana. Frequented by mobsters and celebrities in its heyday, the famous Brookdale Lodge's most talked-about guest is the ghost of a little girl who died nearby in 1892 after nearly drowning. Terrorized by three different serial killers during the 1970s, the city earned the nickname of "the Murder Capital of the World." Local resident Alfred Hitchcock derived inspiration for his iconic film Psycho from the haunted mid-nineteenth-century Hotel McRay. Tracing the city's eeriest incidents back to their roots, historical researcher and paranormal investigator Maryanne Porter details these and many more stories of local legend and lore.
ISBN: 9781467136037
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: Haunted America
Images: 34
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Maryanne Porter is a native of Santa Cruz, California, and a lover of history, urban legends, myths and the paranormal. She is the founder of Santa Cruz Ghost Hunters, a history and paranormal research team, and owner of Santa Cruz Haunted Tours, which will be taking its tours on location at the haunted “World Famous Brookdale Lodge” in its next venture. She is excited to share the ghostly stories of her hometown in her first book, Haunted Santa Cruz, California.
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