Los Angeles may be a fairly young city when compared to the rest of the United States. Despite this, LA still boasts a unique and interesting history. Much of its past is in fact shrouded in mystery.
Do you love reading about the unexplained? Are you hooked on podcasts covering unsolved mysteries? Are you also planning a trip to our city in the near future?
If so, odds are good you’ll find the following stories particularly interesting. They represent just a few of the more noteworthy unexplained mysteries associated with LA.
LA Unexplained Mysteries You Need to Know About
The Black Dahlia Murder
Like many young women of the 1940s, Elizabeth Short traveled to Hollywood with dreams of becoming a movie star. Unfortunately, those dreams would never be realized. Short’s murdered body was discovered on January 15, 1947. The brutal nature of her injuries shocked the city. This was clearly not a random killing. Whoever murdered Short seemed to be enacting a personal vendetta.
Press coverage resulted in the case being referred to as the Black Dahlia Murder. Sadly, despite the efforts of law enforcement, Short’s murderer (or murderers) has never been identified.
The Battle of Los Angeles
In 1942, after the recent bombing of Pearl Harbor, the nation was on high alert. This was particularly true in LA. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean made it a possible target for future attacks.
It was in this tense environment that one of the most bizarre events in LA history occurred. Beginning on the night of February 24 and leading into the morning of February 25, alarms were raised (quite literally, in the form of an air raid) when what appeared to be a potential Japanese air strike began. The 37th Coast Artillery Brigade eventually fired over 1,400 shells at a perceived aircraft in the skies above the city.
However, Japan has always denied responsibility for the events that took place that night and early morning. The nature of the aircraft has also never been officially determined. As a result, some believe LA may have in fact been visited by a UFO. More mundane explanations suggest that the fear of an imminent attack caused a panic, in which something as simple as a weather balloon may have been mistaken for an enemy threat. Regardless, we will likely never know the true answer to the questions that continue to surround the Battle of Los Angeles.
The Death of Elisa Lam
Elisa Lam’s tragic demise has yielded numerous conspiracy theories to be found on Internet forums in recent years. On February 19, 2013, Elisa Lam’s body was found inside the rooftop water tank of the Cecil Hotel in downtown LA, after other guests had reported problems with the water quality.
Determining how Lam managed to get into the tank (and reach the roof without sounding the alarm) has always been a challenge for law enforcement. The mystery deepened when security footage from the hotel was released. In the footage, Lam acts very erratically, behaving in a manner that is difficult to interpret.
Remember these stories during your trip to LA. While this city is a wonderful place to visit, like all major metropolises, it’s also home to more than its fair share of dark mysteries and unexplained events.