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August 26, 1994 - Image 61

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-08-26

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nomena) are real, while more than 86 percent of those
polled by Dr. Jeffrey Levin, associate professor at East-
ern Virginia Medical School, said they have had a
"mystical" experience.
Hollywood producer Laurie Jacobson is among those
who believe in ghosts. Included in her book Hollywood
Haunted: A Ghostly Tour of Filmland, co-written with
Marc Wanamaker and being published this fall by An-
gel City Press, is the story of the Sharon Tate-Paul
Bern incident.
Sebring loved his Bavarian-style home, par-
ticularly the gutter spouts — life-sized, hand-
carved wooden likenesses of silent-screen stars
like Pickford, Fairbanks and Valentino...It had
once been the unhappy home of Jean Harlow, the
screen's first platinum bombshell, and her hus-
band, MGM producer Paul Bern.
Bern, a small man with a thin moustache, was

2800 Benedict Canyon Dr. in Beverly Hills, which (the
married) Siegel had purchased for his sweetheart, Vir-
ginia Hill.
No one was ever arrested for the crime, though many
speculate that fellow mobster Meyer Lansky was be-
hind it.
Another ghost cited in The National Directory of
Haunted Places is of the late, and forgotten, actor Vic-
tor Kilian, murdered in 1982 (the killer was never
found).

Warner was building still needed a good six months'
work to complete.
The film would be a success, but Sam would never
know. Hours before the premiere, he had a cerebral
hemorrhage and died in Los Angeles.
Soon after April 29, 1928 — the opening of Sam
Warner's Hollywood theater (which today is being con-
verted into a museum) — visitors reported strange
happenings. They continue to this day.
When things are quiet, employees of the security com-
pany that protect the building can hear Sam
Warner in their offices above the theater, author
Laurie Jacobson writes.
Ms. Jacobson believes Sam's ghost is coming
back because he never had a chance to see the
theater completed in his lifetime.

Sam Warner's ghost may be
returning to see the
theater that wasn't
completed in his lifetime.

born in Germany and raised in Manhattan's
Lower East Side. He became a close associate of
Irving Thalberg, through whom he met Jean
Harlow. The two wed July 1, 1932.
The marriage was a failure from the start. Sev-
eral months after his wed-
(today
ding day, Bern, 42, was Grauman's
Mann's) Chinese
Theater, circa 1920.
' found dead.
Some say he killed him- (Far right)
self. Author Hank Mes- Sam Warner: A brother
grim.
sick, in The Beauties and
the Beasts, says mobster
Longie Zwillman helped arrange Bern's murder.
Gangsters were everywhere in Hollywood back
then, and one of the most dashing — and dangerous
— among them was a man who thought Bern's wife
Jean Harlow was the cat's pajamas.
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (who got his nickname —
a derivative of "Buggy," as in "crazy" — because of his
short temper) moved in on Harlow long before Bern,
or somebody else, had pulled the trigger.
Maybe he feels guilty about it. Maybe that's why
Bugsy has come back.
Dennis Hauck, author of The National Directory of
Haunted Places, writes that a number of people have
reported feeling Bugsy's presence at the Benedict
Canyon Drive home where he was murdered.
Siegel, born in New York in 1905, moved to Holly-
wood in 1932, where he headed the rackets in gam-
bling, sports and narcotics. He later settled in Las
Vegas, where he built his famous Flamingo Hotel and
collected $25,000 a month from interests on gambling.
Siegel was 42 years old when he was killed. Shots
came through the front windows of the mansion at

Kilian, who made some 140 films, reportedly haunts
the famed Mann's Chinese Theater at 6925 Hollywood
Blvd. in Hollywood. The theater was founded in 1927
by Jewish businessman Sidney Grauman.
Not far from Mann's Chinese Theater roams the
ghost of Sam Warner, one of the founders of Warner
Brothers Pictures.
The Warners were four brothers in a Polish-Jewish
immigrant family with nine children. They got their
start in New Castle, Penn., when they opened their
first theater in a rented store. By 1912, the Warner
Brothers began producing their own films, with Sam
as technical chief, Albert in charge of distribution, Har-
ry as business director and Jack heading production.
In the late 1920s, the Warner boys set out to make
the country's first talkie. Called The Jazz Singer, it.
would make its premiere at a new theater the broth-
ers were constructing in Hollywood.
The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, opened Oct.
6, 1927 in New York — because the theater Sam

Spooky Sighits
In The Smith

ir old Hill is located just around the corner
from Concord, about 25 miles from Char-
lotte, N.C. Most folks find the town a
friendly kind of place where life is calm
and quiet ...
... Unless you happen to catch the ghost of Aaron
Klein, that is.
Founded in 1843, Gold Hill was a famed gold-min-
ing town and "the richest mining property east of the
Mississippi," according to The Gold Hill Miner, the
town's newsletter. "By 1848, (it) had fifteen or more
active mines employing thousands of men and slaves."
Among those who came to Gold Hill in the early
1800s was Aaron Klein. He found work in a mine and
fell in love with a young woman named Elizabeth
Moyle. That's when the trouble started.
"Klein was often tormented with anti-Semitic

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