I was kind of spooked as we walked along the dark corridor admiring the likenesses of Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and others of that ilk, and soon we were far enough away from the rest of the group that we didn't hear them talking anymore. When we stopped to admire the Betelgeuse display both Scott and I suddenly heard the distinct sound of scurrying, shuffling footsteps nearby. There was clearly nobody else around, and since neither of us were brave enough to continue down the corridor by ourselves to chase down the phantom, we stayed rooted to the spot for a few minutes until Victoria and Barry caught up with us.
After we told Victoria what we'd both just heard, she explained that she was picking up the spirit of a man, dressed in costume with a long dark cape and top hat, who continually walks the halls in a sort of pattern.
This is a person who is drawn to the macabre," Victoria explained. "He's a bit of a demented soul, but I don't feel he would hurt anybody. The guy is really okay and pleased just to be here and I think he's just someone who really feels comfortable in these surroundings. This was his world. What's interesting is that at first I picked him up as being old, but now I'm sensing him as a teenager. I wonder if he's showing me both," she mused.
As she was describing a male spirit who seemed to be dressed in costume, with a long cape and top hat, we all hard what sounded like a loud moan, followed by a disturbing grumble. Could that have been his way of confirming her information?
Because we felt as though someone was trying to communicate with us we invited any spirits that were there to make their presence known and talk to us, hoping that our request would result in some stunning EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon) but apparently those particular entities preferred to be seen but not heard and remained mum.
While most of the wax figures throughout the museum seemed rather "dead" and lifeless, Victoria did come across one or two that she felt actually contained a spirit. "There are some of these likenesses that you can just sense an energy within and that's because they do actually contain a human spirit," she explained. "Some earthbound spirits don't want to cross over and these figures are the closest thing they have to a real body and they will settle for the next best thing. It's like when you go into bars, there are a lot of what we call "astral hitchhikers" because they are spirits who are drinking and smoking through the living people that are there."
One of the mannequins in which Victoria sensed a spirit presence was the Jude Law figurine on the Hollywood Boulevard set and another is one of the crucified mannequins in The Last Supper display which, according to Marc, is one of the most actively haunted areas in the entire museum.
Both Victoria and Scott felt extremely uncomfortable around The Last Supper, the oldest exhibit in the museum. "I feel really disturbed by this, even more so than the horror displays." she noted. "Something isn't right about this whole area. There's something kind of sinister here and for some reason, I get the feeling that evil is attracted to this display. "
Marc pointed out one of the wax figures sitting at the table who had a broken finger and said that this happens quite often despite the fact that the display is set back into its own niche and visitors have no access to it. To Marc and the others who work there, the mystery of the broken fingers is more puzzling than the DaVinci Code.
Just opposite the eerie display is a bench where Victoria saw the spirit of a very forlorn woman sitting and staring at the image of Christ. "She's very upset and is giving off a strong sense of longing. It's as though she's staring at the display and longing for what Christ represents."
Because both Victoria and Scott were feeling so uncomfortable in the area, we decided to move along but didn't get far before encountering yet another lost soul.
Just as we approached the Spiderman display, Victoria commented that her third eye was really tingling, then began having trouble breathing and oddly enough, began walking in circles.
"I'm here on the street, I'm lost and I'm so scared," she kept repeating over and over again. "I just want to cry."
When I pressed her for details about whose energy she was sensing, she explained that this was a young blond girl, about 18 years old, whose name was Sarah. "She's not from here," said Victoria. "she came to Hollywood, probably as a runaway and ended up being murdered around this area 20 or 30 years ago.
Lots of spirits come in here off the boulevard," she went on to explain. "Hollywood is a transient place, so you're going to have transient ghosts. I don't think that a lot of the spirits around here are crossed over, nor do they want to be."
While Victoria doesn't believe in helping to cross spirits over that seem to be happy here on the earth plane, she feels that sometimes it is necessary to help those who are in distress as Sarah obviously was. After calling out for assistance from a higher being to help Sarah move on, Victoria sensed a very loving energy come in, possibly Sarah's mother or grandmother, who had come in to take the young girl's troubled spirit to a better place. As soon as the energy entered the room, Victoria felt Sarah calm down quite a bit and got the feeling that she knew the woman spirit who had come rescue her. The two entities began to communicate with each other and then Sarah willingly went with her towards the light. When we came back to the area later that night, Sarah had indeed gone.
The submarine corridor for the Hunt For Red October exhibit was another spot that felt quite disturbing. It's an area that you need to walk through to get back to the front of the museum. Because the museum was in semi-darkness at that point, it was a particularly foreboding area to walk through and sensing a presence lurking about that wasn't particularly friendly, Victoria drew a banishing pentagram in the air for protection before we even entered the area. Then, as we quickly walked through, she explained that standing next to the walls on either side of us were spirits watching us go by. I secretly hoped that none of them would be tempted to reach out and touch one of us and thankfully they didn't. But a few minutes later, as we were standing in front of the Wizard of Oz display, something definitely brushed past my hand. And later on in the evening while admiring the likenesses of Michael Landon, Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker at the Bonanza display, it felt as though someone was tickling my elbow. Victoria said that something touched her left arm as we were standing there as well.
She also picked up the spirit of a large, dignified man in his 60s, who was standing nearby. He appeared to be leaning over the railing and was looking appreciatively at the display. "This man is from the 1940s, and while the museum wasn't here then, this man was, and," she added, "he still is. He's one of those spirits who enjoys walking up and down Hollywood Boulevard. He goes in and out of the various restaurants and businesses along the way. I see him as a dignified man who was probably associated with the motion picture industry. He knows he's dead, so he may have already crossed over and just comes back once in a while to keep an eye on things."
Because there are so many spirits hanging around throughout the building, Victoria suggested that we return at a later date and conduct a sťance to get a little more up close and personal with the ghosts of the Hollywood Wax Museum. And next time you're in Hollywood, you may want to do a little ghost hunting at the museum on your own so don't forget to bring your camera because Wax Museum ghosts are not the least bit camera shy.