For several decades Griffith Park in Los Angeles has been a nexus of weird events. To underscore that point, here’s a brief excerpt from Kaanii Powell Cleaver’s 3-28-16 Inquisitr article entitled “Whose Skull Was Found in Griffith Park This Time? Hikers Make Another Gruesome Discovery Near Hollywood Sign”:
“Saturday afternoon hikers in Griffith Park know (or should know) to keep their eyes peeled for rattlesnakes and the occasional mountain lion on remote trails. Nobody expects to come across a human skull, but that’s exactly what happened on March 19.
“An unnamed pair of hikers were exploring an area between Brush Canyon and the Mulholland trails when they spotted what appeared to be a human skull. The hikers notified park rangers of the ghastly discovery, and police soon arrived to retrieve the remains.
“Forensics experts at the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said the skull belonged to a female at least 20 years of age. The skull, described by LAPD lieutenant Ryan Schatz as very old, had been in the shadow of the Hollywood sign for an indeterminate time. Coroner’s examiners say the woman to whom the bone belonged died between one and ten years ago.”
To read Cleaver’s entire article, click HERE.
This latest discovery follows a pattern of human body parts being uncovered in the vicinity of the Bronson Caves, a location immortalized in numerous horror/science fiction films over the years, including such notorious cryptoscatological B-flick classics as White Zombie (1932), Robot Monster (1953), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), It Conquered the World (1956), The Brain from Planet Arous (1958), Earth vs. the Spider (1958), Invisible Invaders (1959), They Saved Hitler’s Brain (1963), Equinox (1970), and The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001).
Not only do the Bronson Caves attract fictional monsters from the worlds of cinematic horror, but they seem to hold a spell over real life monsters as well. What follow are just a few examples mentioned in Matt Hamilton’s 3-27-16 L.A. Times article entitled “Human Skull Found in Griffith Park Identified as Adult Woman Who Died in the Last Decade”….
Robert Guffey is a lecturer in the Department of English at California State University – Long Beach. His most recent book is Chameleo: A Strange but True Story of Invisible Spies, Heroin Addiction, and Homeland Security (OR Books).