John Sowden House

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The John Sowden House was the site of the murder of Black Dahlia, aka Elizabeth Short, found surgically cut in half and dumped on a lot. Suspect Dr. George Hill Hodel fled the country. Subsequent residents of the home have heard voices, footsteps, and the sound of heavy chains dragging, and seen apparitions that appear to be Hodel. TV’s Ghost Hunters featured the house on an episode, and they caught the apparition on video as well as an EVP that said “It’s George.”

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5121 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
United States

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34.1055181, -118.3011975
Los Angeles County, California
Nearest Towns:
Hollywood, CA (1.5 mi.)
West Hollywood, CA (3.6 mi.)
Glendale, CA (3.7 mi.)
Universal City, CA (3.8 mi.)
North Glendale, CA (4.3 mi.)
Los Angeles, CA (4.9 mi.)
Burbank, CA (5.2 mi.)
North Hollywood, CA (6.4 mi.)
Boyle Heights, CA (7.4 mi.)
Century City, CA (7.5 mi.)

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