On a frigid winter day in January 1910 the Chicago headlines trumpeted, "Chicago Fiend Second White Chapel Ripper". The reason for the sensational story was based on the opinion of Assistant Police Chief Schuettler following the coroner's report for a post mortem completed on the body of Mrs. Jennie Cleghorn (AKA Anna Furlong). She had been found mutilated and decapitated in a south side rooming house which doubled as a brothel situated over a saloon owned by James Seeley at 1702 Armour Avenue (also given as 51 West 17th Street.)
On October 29, 2018 renovations were being carried out in the Vatican close to the Villa Borghese. Builders were restoring a floor in the janitor's lodge. Considering the age of the buildings and the grounds, this type of work is commonplace, but not what was found which was a human skeleton.
Loretta Lynn Chaisson Lewis was 28 years old when she was found dead on May 20, 2005. The scene was a canal in rural Jeff Davis parish in Louisiana, and she was seen alive only 72 hours before.
Well over 100 years since the gory murders committed in the White Chapel district of London, the identity of Jack the Ripper is still in question, and just how many others were masters in their own right of similar, bloody handiwork.
If you’ve seen Stephen King’s The Shining or Rose Red, where the structure and the spirits within seem bent on claiming souls, then as you read about the events that transpired in or around the Brookdale Lodge, you’ll understand why it has the reputation of being haunted, and that King’s fiction is not too far from the reality of what has occurred to those that came here to find happiness and relaxation and found death instead.
Built on the site of a lumber mill in the Redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, it hosted parties to the elite that traveled from San Francisco, and luminaries of Hollywood's Golden Age, however as time passed the glamour faded and it even became a hangout for the Hell's Angels.
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