Netzband, creator of the Haunted Haight
Walking Tour, a supernatural exploration
of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
The excursion guides its curious explorers
to some of the district’s most
mysterious destinations. Many people
associate the Haight solely with the
1960s, but your tour covers much more
than just that.
Netzband a resident of the Haight
for 10 years, has worked closely with
the San Francisco Public Library’s
History Center and did endless hours
of research on the area’s past.
The San Francisco Ghost Society founder
Tommy Netzband also leads tours of his
Haight Ashbury neighborhood, focusing
on paranormal cases he and his group
have worked on.
San Francisco Ghost
The San Francisco Ghost Society is the
city's only resident organization devoted
to the research and investigation of
its ghosts and paranormal occurrences.
Often Netzband openly he often thanks
the many residents who courageously
came forward to discuss their “haunted”
residences. Many people associate the
Haight solely with the 1960s. The Haunted
Haight Walking Tour runs Fridays through
Mondays year-round. Tickets are $20
and must be booked in advance. Call
(800) 838-3006 or visit www.HauntedHaight.com.
Netzband says "ghost" because
it's a widely understood term. "Most
people don't understand the science
behind ghosts, or the parapsychology
behind ghost hunting," he explained.
"To say a 'psychokenises entity
of energy' is not as exciting as saying
Yet he remains open to the idea that
ghosts are dead people's spirits or
shadows. "Certainly you have spirits,"
he said, "but they're not ghosts
that necessarily linger. If your grandmother
dies, and that night you see her in
your sleep, that's a dead spirit. It's
called a visitation in parapsychology,
when someone crosses over to say good-
bye. Sometimes in a dream state, but
sometimes not in a dream state. It happened
to my brother-in-law with his own grandfather.
That, I can believe, was a dead spirit.
"But ghosts that linger and haunt
for centuries, there I lean toward 'no'.
There it's a residual energy that's
trapped. It's called place memory."
When he Netzband moved to the Haight
area, he posted fliers that read “Got
Ghosts?” and the phonecalls started
pouring in – 90 percent were untrue
he states. But, the actual 10% were
very much the real deal!
Along the way on his tour you will
visit a dozen spots in the Haight with
spooky and/or historical importance
including many private homes with documented
hauntings as well as the homes of Robert
Cranston (who designed many of the best
Victorian homes in the area), Jim Jones,
and Charles Manson. You'll also visit
a store cursed by its former witch tenant
where all future businesses are doomed
to fail and the location where local
punk rock legend Buck Naked (Phillip
Bury) was murdered in 1992 by pigeon
obsessed maniac Michael Kagan. Tommy
also tells some of the numerous haunting
tales from Golden Gate Park including
those of a phantom policeman and the
Lady of Stow Lake.
Read the full story here: http://www.hauntedamericatours.com/ghoststories/hauntedhaight/
Lady of Stow Lake a
tale worth hearing and a place worth
Also during his Haunted Haight ghost
tour, Netzband tells the tale of Golden
Gate Park's haunted panhandle...
Years ago an obsessed loon known to
locals as 'the Pigeon Man' would feed
the panhandle's pigeons and warn everyone,
"If you disturb my pigeons, I will
In 1992 a young musician named Buck
Naked entered the park late at night
with his unleashed dog. The dog disturbed
the pigeons and the Pigeon Man shot
and killed Buck Naked.
Police later found $10,000 worth of
birdseed in a storage box in the Pigeon's
The Pigeon Man was convicted. The dog
lived and was adopted by a friend of
Yet to this day, said Netzband, "People
talk about being in this park at night,
and hearing somebody call to their dog,
'Here boy." Then they'll look around,
and there'll be nobody in this park.
It's as if Buck Naked or his residual
energy is looking for his dog."
Even more ominously, "We have
a really strange phenomenon in this
park. Look around. There are no pigeons
in this park. There are pigeons all
over this city, but they do not enter
this park. They used to. There are other
birds in this park, and people feed
them. And you will see pigeons across
the street. But there are never, ever
any pigeons in this park.
"I've told people on this tour,
and the locals, I say, 'Call me if you
ever find a pigeon.' I've never had
a call in two years. Is it a ghost that
keeps the pigeons out of this park?
I don't know. I leave it up to the people
to decide that."
Talk: Tommy Netzband of Haunted Haight
Walking Tours (San Francisco) 2005/10/09
Walk through the haunted Haight-Ashbury
district of San Francisco ...http://www.podcast.net/show/87066
The SFGS was formed in 2005 by Tommy
Netzband, the creator and owner of The
Haunted Haight Walking Tour.
A longtime resident and avid historian
of the city, Tommy has united a talented
and diverse group of individuals to
form the heart of the organization.
Their philosophical approach is one
of flexible skepticism; we aim to produce
documented, reproducible explanations
for reported activity at the end of
To that end, they engage a variety
of tools in our work, ranging from hi-tech
devices to psychic impressions, and
always include a healthy dose of good,
old-fashioned information research and
San Francisco Ghost Society's investigations
can be as fun or as serious as their
clients like; however they will always
be conducted in a professional, confidential
The investigation team members follow
strict policies of conduct and organization,
and work closely with our clients to
ensure a successful and agreeable experience
An investigation team will normally
range from four to eight, depending
on the size of the location, and the
amount of reported paranormal activity
Typically, one of our Team Leaders
will be the primary contact throughout
the course of the investigation, and
will liaise with the other team members
to communicate clients' concerns and
All findings will be formally presented
after careful review of the collected
evidence, and are held in the strictest
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The Haunted Haight Walking Tour is
an evening journey through the local
"haunts" of San Francisco's
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host, a long time resident, ghost historian,
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tour and lets you discover the many
ghosts, witches and macabre history
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Price includes a detailed guidebook
with map, flashlight and "spooky"
goodie-bag filled with tricks and treats!
Come join this unique tour and learn
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Please Note: We will not go into any
personal resident's homes on this tour,
however the tour does end at a haunted
pub! Please bring a jacket and comfortable
shoes. The fog rolls in and it can get
chilly...Please arrive on time. Tour
leaves at 7pm Sharp! Not recommended
for children under 13 years of age because
it deals with several terms used in
parapsychology and tragic events used
to explain these real hauntings. However,
the Haunted Haight Walking Tour does
leave it solely to the discretion of
the parent or guardian to allow children
under 13 to attend.
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Store located at: 1573 Haight Street/cross
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