57 West 57th Street - Real Haunt in New York NY
In 1922 Albert Champion, the inventor of the sparkplug, began a relationship with and quickly married a showgirl named Edna Crawford. Shortly thereafter, Edna began having an affair with a Frenchman named Charles Brazelle; after five years Brazelle is alleged to have murdered Champion in a Parisian hotel. Edna and Brazelle claimed that Champion died of natural causes, took his fortune, and used it to buy the penthouse at 57 West 57th street. Brazelle proved to be jealous and paranoid, however, and kept Edna locked up in the apartment; eventually he snapped and killed her with a telephone. Edna’s bodyguards found out and responded by tossing Brazelle out a window. The apartment remained empty for a number of years before one Carlton Alsop rented it. Alsop reported being haunted by ghostly images while in the penthouse, hearing the ghostly sound of Edna’s high heels clicking on the floor and arguments between her and Brazelle. Alsop also regularly saw violent images, causing his mental state to deteriorate; as his mind continued to slip Alsop’s wife grew weary and left him. His dogs reportedly had nervous breakdowns in the penthouse, and with no one left to turn to Alsop committed himself to a mental hospital in hopes of escaping his otherworldly torment.
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