It was after 1912 that the first houses were built overlooking Benedict Canyon in Beverly Hills. A spacious, Bavarian-style house was constructed at 9820 Easton Drive sometime during those years, meant to house a member of the newly minted Hollywood elites, but why death was to become a familiar visitor there remains a mystery.
By the 1920s MGM producer Paul Bern owned the property. He became entangled romantically with the original "Blonde Bombshell" Jean Harlow, who's career he had helped launched. They married in July 1932, however two months later Paul was found dead in the house's bathroom by his butler. It appeared he had shot himself in the head.
Many people claim that Bern’s death somehow hexed the house with a curse that has seen tragedy strike its occupants on multiple occasions. After Bern’s death, Harlow moved out but later died an untimely death at the age of 26 from kidney disease. In the years that followed, two other people committed suicide in the Easton Drive home and one person drowned in the pool.
In 1963, the ill-fated house on Easton drive was purchased by young celebrity hair stylist, Jay Sebring who was attracted to its dark history.
Jay was already a successful fixture in Hollywood when he met a young actress named Sharon Tate in the early 1960’s. The attraction was immediate and the two dated for several years until Sharon broke up with Jay in 1966 and started dating her future husband, Roman Polanski. Even after Jay and Sharon parted ways as a couple, however, they continued to see each other as close friends. Some accounts even claim they were planning on getting back together at the time of their deaths in August 1969.
Sharon spent a lot of time at Jay’s house while they were dating – she even lived there with him for a short time. Jay entertained quite a bit at his house with its large pool and private grounds. There is actually a surviving home video shot on the pool deck at one such party when Sharon and Jay were dating.
Then there was the dream incident.
In 1966, Sharon was spending the night alone at Jay’s house, sleeping in his master bedroom. She later recounted to several friends how she was suddenly awoken by an apparition of “a creepy little man” who was walking through the bedroom. Startled, Sharon bolted out of bed and ran down the stairs where she saw another apparition, this one a dead body tied to the staircase banisters – the corpse’s throat was slit. Sharon later said that she believed that the the first apparition in the bedroom was the ghost of Paul Bern.
Many people believe that the second ghost – the murdered one – was a chilling premonition which foreshadowed Sharon and Jay’s own tragic deaths.
We all know what happened on that horrific night in early August of 1969 when Sharon, Jay, and friends Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski and a guest of the groundskeeper, Steven Parent were brutally murdered by members of the Manson Family.
After his murder, Jay Sebring’s house was sold to a doctor and his family and it is reportedly still owned by the same people today.
David Oman, who owns the Oman House on Cielo Drive, right down from the property where Sharon and Jay were murdered, claims that he has seen the apparition of Jay in his home which he built after 2001.
Given all of the deaths and tragedies associated with the house on Easton Drive, many believe it is haunted, both by the ghosts of Paul Bern and Jay Sebring.
The estate also had a carriage house where the staff was boarded in Bern and Harlow’s time. At some point the carriage house was parceled off from the main house and sold separately. The carriage house hit the market in 2014, and 1,100 square foot property sold for over 1.2 million dollars.
Source - HouseCrazy
Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance writer and paranormal researcher.
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