Last Friday night the LAGP team ventured into the haunted hallways of the famed Linda Vista Hospital.  Located southeast of downtown LA in what can best be described as a dangerous neighborhood, we were given a 15 minute window to arrive and be let in the locked chain link gates surrounding the property.  I don’t know which was more frightening:  the prospect of the night’s investigation or this warning!

Historic Linda Vista Hospital

Linda Vista was originally built in 1904 by the Santa Fe Railroad to care for its employees.  Much later it became a community hospital and was closed in 1992. It is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

The side entrance guarded by the resident alley cat.

As advised, we arrived promptly after the sun had set and were let into the building by the caretaker.  Having spoken with other investigators who had visited the hospital before, we decided to concentrate our efforts on the supposedly very active surgical suite area.  However, as soon as we walked into the main corridor things began happening.  We heard what sounded like distant keys and movement through a set of open doors to our right.  As we shined our flashlights into this hallway, the elevator doors opened and closed in front of us.  Carol rushed in with her KII meter and it lit up with activity.

Sam ventured down the hallway where we first heard the noise and it turned out that the security guard has just locked up a set of doors.  Sounds explained.  We postulate that the elevator doors had something to do with him, but can’t be certain, especially since subsequent KII readings in the elevator produced no effect. And, by the way, these elevators are next to what is supposedly the original morgue.

We continued on down the main north/south corridor, peeking into the various examination rooms along the way.  The hospital is also used as a film location and this became evident as all manner of set dressing had been left behind.  One room was covered in graffiti to look like a mental patient’s cell.  There was an office that seemed to have actual patient records. These “touches” definitely added to the spooky atmosphere.

Graffiti in a patient's room.

As usual, we only had our night vision cameras and a red flashlight to find our way around.  Given its location, we were actually on guard just in case we ran into a real live person hiding in the old building that the security guard had missed. As we turned down the far corridor and walked toward the surgical wing, there was a loud rustling that was headed straight toward us…talk about a horror film moment!  We cautiously approached and learned the noise was coming from inside the walls or ceiling. It was either a raccoon or rat that had made its home in the old building.  So far, Linda Vista was delivering on scares.

Entering the first of two surgical suites, we took up positions on the floor and began an EVP session.  Heard many low knocks and such, but after the animal in the walls incident, none of these could be substantiated as being paranormal.  However, there was a sound like a door opening that came from the hallway.  You decide if this was the sound of an animal or something paranormal:

Several knocks came from a side room and warranted Carol going in to investigate.  She didn’t make contact with anything, but all of thought we heard a voice respond “no” to the question, “Are you afraid?”  But it wasn’t audible on our audio recorder when we reviewed that tape. We remained in place for a good half hour, until I got bored and went to check out the hallway again.  Heard some popping sounds from the room across the hallway and Carol joined me.  She was taping at the time and noticed what seemed like shadows passing across the junction with the main corridor. below an exit sign.  I could see them as well, but they were indistinct in the darkness.  However, our video camera could not pick up the shapes in the darkness.

The hallway where we saw shadows passing under the exit sign.

We decided to investigate that end of the corridor, which is nearer the street outside.  These rooms were in much worse condition and some had boarded-up windows that allowed in outside noise.  The curious thing down here was that both Sam and I smelt what could only be described as “hospital” or “band-aid” scent.  Very strange given that there was obvious outside airflow.

We returned to the hallway outside the surgical suite area and sat down.  Someone had been doing some kind of paranormal work recently as there was an arm chair set-up across from a large framed mirror.  Creepy if you believe in the power of the supernatural to harness mirrors as portals into our world. We again began an EVP session in an attempt to contact any former patients or employees.  At the same time, we kept seeing those moving shadows down the hall again towards the main north/south corridor.  They were just faint enough that the would not register on video.  There also appeared to be dim flashes of light near floor level.  We could not explain these since there was no way headlights or other outside sources would be seen in this area. Were these shadows simply our eyes trying to make sense of the dark or were they faint evidence of the thousands of people who had once walked those same passages?

Area where we kept seeing shadows

Before our time was up, we decided to walk through the basement area where the old boilers, incinerators and industrial equipment was located.  There were high EMF readings down here on many pipes and other equipment.

Sam & Tyler in the basement.

The only odd thing that occurred in this area involved the overhead lighting.  Sam and Carol were checking the EMF reading on an electrical junction and I had gone on up ahead down a long tunnel.  The overhead lights at the start of this passage appeared to be turned on and were providing illumination for Sam and Carol.  They then joined me at the far end of the tunnel and we walked up a flight of stairs to see if the mental hospital building was open.  It was not, so we returned to the underground tunnel, which now appeared dark.  Both Sam and Carol insisted that the lights had been on…but were they fooled by the IR lights on their video camera?  We did not have any physical proof and I had been using a flashlight to find my way so I couldn’t be certain if they were or were not.

This door was labeled "Off Limits." Why?

Upon exiting the building, we decided to risk getting our photo taken by the sign out front.  The park across the street had been the site of a gang-related shooting earlier in the week, so we were on edge.  However, what we did find when we checked our camera surprised us.  Sam snapped a photo of the sign and in it is a strange mist that was not visible to the naked eye.  And none of us smoke, so it can’t be attributed to that.  What it is is anyone’s guess….

An unexplained mist on the right.

All in all Linda Vista lived up to its reputation as a paranormal hotspot and we would most certainly welcome the opportunity to visit again.

Tyler, Carol & Sam after the investigation.


15 Responses to “Linda Vista Hospital”

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  1. After reading your write up regarding Linda Vista, I As a reader don’t see it
    as a hotspot. Nothing in your write up indicates that it truly is.
    Most everything you experience you explain. I know it’s just a summary
    so maybe there’s more to it?

  2. you guys have awesome pictures, My father worked at that hospital for over 20 years as the maintenance person, I use to go work there during the summers as a jr volunteer in the kitchen and in the front admin office. I loved that place and use to run around the whole hospital all the time. Even back then it was a little freaky. I have gone back to visit a few times but never have been allowed inside. I would LOVE to go in!! If you guys know of any tour groups of some kind or know how to get the caregiver to let me in, please let me know. I just wanna visit for nostalgic reasons. Not much into the ghost stuff! Anyways thanks a lot for the great pics :)

  3. I dont know if my last email went through, my name is liz.. I just wanted to say thanks for the great pictures. They are awesome… my father worked there for over 20 years and I use to go there to help out as a jr volunteer in the kitchen and in the front admin office… I loved going there and have a lot of memories there with my father. I have gone to visit a few times but never have been allowed in. Im always by myself and once I took my son but just was too afraid to ask the caretaker.. he looks scary! Well I was wondring if you all knew of how to get in there… during the day just to look around.. mainly for nostalgic reasons.. Is there any group tours or anything like that?? If so please email me some info..
    thanks so much again, thanks for the great pics and info!!

  4. lol I see now it did go through!! Sorry guys!

  5. from the photos i’ve seen on the linda vista web sites – it is definitely a creepy place. there’s just something about the place that gives you an “uneasy feeling”. i have to admire the ghost hunters that have investigated the LVH

  6. I enjoyed the read, its too bad you didn’t get to experience anything extremely paranormal. Like the chills of a spirit passing through you, or poltergeist activity ( such as objects moving etc). I would enjoy the opportunity. To investigate this location myself, I think your team lucked out by being given the opportunity to be let in. At any rate, keep it up and keep investigating! Cheers.

  7. Does anybody know of a tour going through soon??

    I’d appreciate if someone could let me know.


  8. @Linda yes!! Well not actually but every Halloween they scare people there and my cousin is part of that from his school. It’s very cool!!!!!

  9. you know i saw this hospital on yahoo and it said it was going to be renovated but to be honest i feel like if there planning to make this hospital seem less scary and they think that the paranormal stuff that is happening will go away ,well they are wrong because either way whatever is going on in that place the paranormal will continue to occur no matter what because their “remains”
    However the photo images are unbelievable.

  10. how can we go in and by we i mean like a group of teenagers who live by the area

  11. i live by it..everytime i walk by it gives me the creeps >.<

  12. Do you ever take guests with you. Would love to go.

  13. My mom grew up in the apartments across from the hospital and park in the 1970s and 1980s until she went to UCLA. She remembers something about the hospital being a home for senior citizens who needed assistance and that the hospital staff would mistreat them abusivly and then after that the hospital closed down. I remember a watching the news (something that happened in Boyle Heights) and the camera focused on a window in the hospital. In the window were two shadows looking down at the camera crew. I have been afraid of the hospital and believe it contains supernatural activity. I live in San Gabriel and I myself have experienced paranormal activity in my previous and current home and also a cabin in Vincent lugo park my Girl Scout sleep over was at and the with later research I found that there have been 5 deaths. 1 murder, 1 suicide and 3 accidental deaths. Thank you

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