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Haunted Haight Walking Tour

HPI and The San Francisco Ghost Society's Haunted Haight Walking Tour


The Haight Ashbury's elaborately detailed 19th-century multi-story wooden houses became a haven for hippies during the 1960s, due to the availability of cheap rooms and vacant properties for rent or sale in the district. The bohemian subculture that subsequently flourished there took root, and to a great extent, has remained to this day.

By Paul Dale Roberts, HPI Ghostwriter (Duke of HPI), Haunted America tours Staff Writer
Edited by Shannon 'Ms. Macabre' McCabe (Queen of HPI),
Tommy Netzband, President of the San Francisco Ghost Society
Ricardo Pustanio of www.hauntedamericatours.com

From September 17 to September 20th, I flew on Southwest Airlines from Sacramento to Phoenix, Arizona to Albuquerque, New Mexico and last location Midland/Odessa, Texas. I was greeted by my ex-wife Patricia Mary Boyd, her husband Gary Boyd and their son Markus Boyd. They drove me to Midland Memorial Hospital, where I could be with my stepson who I raised from a baby.

My son Jason Randall Porter was lying in a hospital bed from a ruptured appendix. There were complications to the rupture and I was there to support him. He was back to normal by Thursday and was allowed to go home. But, the reason I am telling you all this is because when Jason was sleeping, I had a hard time sleeping on the cot in his hospital room, I roamed the hallways and talked with two employees of this hospital. They don't want to be identified, so I will call them Nurse X and Cleaning Lady X. Yes! I did a small investigation of this hospital, by doing the first thing in an investigation, interviewing the witnesses. Nurse X explained to me that she used to clean the Hospice rooms and one night, she felt a swift cold breeze move quickly down the hallway and a door opened and then closed on its own accord. Another night, she said a nurse heard clanging sounds from another room and went into the room to investigate and some hospital items were moved. Cleaning Lady X told me that when cleaning in the morgue area, she has heard strange banging's on the wall. Once she thought she saw a shadow move across the hallway. As we all know, hospitals are reputed to be haunted and Midland Memorial Hospital is no exception.

When I was flying from Sacramento to Phoenix, I sat next to Julie Dennis of Nevada City, CA. She asked me what my occupation was. I told her my real job and then told her I was also a paranormal investigator for HPI on the side. She then told me that she had a spectacular UFO event that happened to her when she was in Los Angeles. She saw a huge mother ship UFO go over the horizon and dart away towards the East. She said she will never forget this paranormal event for the rest of her life. As you can see, when I am not supposed to be paranormal investigating, I am still on the job, no matter where I am.

Now, everyone who is reading this article is probably saying..."why is Paul talking about hospitals and UFO's? When is he going to talk about San Francisco? Okay, okay, hold your dang britches....I have one other story to tell you. I correspond a lot with the legendary famous psychic, Nancy Bradley. I met Nancy through Shannon McCabe, HPI's president. Nancy has so many ghost stories! I received an email, in which she tells a very unique ghost story. This one really grabbed my interest. Nancy told me that the reason why this happened to her is because spirits are able to see light and are drawn to that light. The light is Nancy Bradley. Of course, if the spirits knew Nancy in real life, they'ed be drawn to that light even more. Here is what Nancy had to say:

"I would love to do the interview with you, we can set up a time, and (Yes, I will be doing an interview with Nancy Bradley, I can't wait! Paul)......share Vincent Gaddis's work with you as well, I have a lot of it here.

When Vince died (not anywhere near Placerville, CA) I was in the shower. I came out and he was sitting on one of my big stereo speakers. For whatever reason, this did not surprise me even though he had not been to the Enchanted Cottage, ever, and I was naked. I said "Vincent, hang on, I am going to get a towel". Totally comfortable with my old friend, glad he was there, I grabbed a towel and wrapped it around me and came running back into the living room. I never gave thought that he did not have a house key to get in. "What are you doing in town Vince, it is so good to see you!" I said. It had been 4 years since we had seen each other though we kept in touch by phone and letter. "I'm dead!" he said.

He looked perfectly normal and I refused to believe him. Not that he would lie, or I did not know, I just did not want to believe it. So I called The Borderland Science Foundation, where he lived and worked (founded), and said "Vincent is here" They said "Vincent just died".

So, I went back to the speaker and he was gone then, but we have had many conversations since. Nancy Bradley www.nancybradley.org"

Absolutely fascinating! Thank you Nancy for sharing this story! Wow!

This woman is incredible! Okay, I know everyone wants to know what happened on the 'Haunted Haight Walking Tour'. www.hauntedhaight.com Lets go for it! The date is Saturday, September 22, 2007. I pull up to Shannon's house at 12 noon, jump into the ‘Ectoplasmobile’ and Shannon picks up one of her lead investigators, Tim Hawkins. We're off and running to San Francisco, CA. I get a call from Donna Reynolds and Athena Quinn, they are already in San Francisco and they are lost. Shannon directs them to where they need to be and relieves Donna's stress of driving through busy San Francisco traffic. I knew at this time we should have placed a HPI GPS tracking device on Donna's car.

When Shannon, Tim and I, arrived we saw the HPI army of paranormal investigators sitting in on Sharon Leong's ghost photography classes and Anne Leong's dowsing rod classes. As I looked around the classroom, I was counting heads and saw that the following paranormal investigators showed up: Dee Pizarro, Lou Paman, Jean Paman, Marcus Stout, Julie Grissom, Chris Grissom, Mary Casiano, Alicia Perry, Athena Quinn, Jennifer Baca, Tony Baca, Joey Paman, Donna Reynolds, John Wachter aka Vlawde (he got that name Vlawde from some online video game, I always wondered about that), and Michelle Paykel. Marcia McCord of the Diablo Valley Paranormal was also there.

I went to the restroom to see if I had a nosebleed from Shannon's erratic driving to San Francisco. As I walked into the restroom, I now knew what it was like to be a L39-C Albatross jet fighter pilot, that has been exposed to 4000 lbs of thrust, receiving the ultimate adrenaline rush! The G-Force in Shannon's car, the Ectoplasmobile, thrust my face into the side window of her car, maybe a dozen times. Drivers on the Bay Bridge must have thought I was making faces at them, as my face was contorted against the car window. Anyway, I survived. “I like to arrive fashionably late” Shannon says. HA! We could have been there last week with driving this fast!

Chris Grissom (HPI video tech expert) and I, set up the camera for Shannon's class on "Haunted Highway 49, A Driving Tour". Shannon laid out some cute jokes and passed out chocolates everyone. Her descriptions of the various haunted places were done with the expertise of someone who has experienced these places first hand. Believe me, she has experienced these places and the class was very attentive to her stories. The driving tour can be downloaded here: www.ghosts.meetup.com/231/files/ I recommend taking the driving tour, there are plenty of spooky spots to get you in the mood for Halloween!

After the classes, we were all ready to kill some time before the Haunted Haight Walking Tour was to commence. Shannon lived in San Francisco for 5 years of her life and she knows the mean streets well. She even appeared on Nash Bridges with Don Johnson, Cheech Marin and Willie Nelson.

As we walked down the San Francisco streets, I looked around me, especially in the Haight Ashbury, district and saw the last of the hippies. Bohemian musicians and the Goth culture flourishing, I knew at this time, I was no longer in Kansas. At one point in time, I thought I saw Dirty Harry Callahan, Robert T. Ironside, Detective Mike Stone, Detective Steve Keller, Nash Bridges, & Monk at some crime scene, along with Trapper John MD pulling up to check out the victim. As I looked at the rooftops, was that the Charmed witches Paige, Piper and Phoebe looking down at us? There I go again, letting my imagination get away with me, it must have been that Red Victorian Punch and Orange House Punch I drank at Hobson's Choice Bar with Shannon and Tim.

It's easy to kill time in San Francisco, as Shannon interviewed people on the street and asked them if they ever had a paranormal experience. We stopped at the Cha, Cha, Cha Restaurant and sampled their Sangria (Frutas para La Putas) which loosely translated means 'Fruit for the Whores'. We did some more interviews; Shannon interviewed some Irish guys at the bar, while my ghostwriting apprentice Athena interviews a guy named, Puppy, at another table. Tim, Donna and I grooved to the music "Jamie's Cryin" by Van Halen.

While at the Cha, Cha, Cha, I met Kate and I asked her if she ever had a paranormal experience, and she describes that when she visited the Joshua Tree Desert in 1999, she was with a group of people and she witnessed a cloud flashing red and blue lights for about 7 minutes. It was a bizarre cloud that had lights inside of it. This occurred around 9pm and as the crowd watched a blue streak go by, the cloud dissipated. From our interviews, it appears that many people have had paranormal experiences…

As I look across the bar, I wonder is that Dirty Harry Callahan walking toward me? Ugh! It must be the Sangria! As we left Cha, Cha, Cha, we stopped at The Gold Cane for more refreshment, and finally stopped at the Coffee to the People, where we met up with Tommy Netzband. Tommy wears many hats; he is the Tour Guide of the Haunted Haight Walking Tour, Paranormal Investigator and founder of the San Francisco Ghost Society, local historian, sensitive, and one of the nicest guys I've ever met.

The Haunted Haight Walking Tour cannot guarantee that you will experience any ghosts on this tour. However, there have been occasions where a ghost has made itself known to tour members.

Here are few highlights of the dozen stops on the Haunted Haight Walking Tour...

We talked about the over 18 cemeteries once in San Francisco and how they removed them to develop businesses and homes. By 1901 it was declared
law that no body could be buried in the city and county of San Francisco. Later, many bodies have been found under San Francisco because they were never
removed! Yikes!

Tommy told us about a famous ghost story at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, where it is believed to be haunted by a woman, that legend says, died there in a tragic boating accident. She is often seen floating above the lake and weeping in her long flowing white gowns. She is known as the "Lady of Stow Lake".

There are not only ghost stories on the tour, but infamous places to visit...like the home of Cult Leader Jim Jones, of the Peoples' Temple. Tommy describes the
deeds of Jim Jones that lead up to the tragedy in Guyana. Remember the "Electric Kool-Aid"? Later, we even saw where Charlie Manson camped out in his psycho van during the "Summer of Love" of 1967.

I want to mention everything about the tour because there was a lot of great information...however, Tommy Netzband insisted I leave some out so people could
come out and experience the surprises that wait in the "dark side" of the Haight Ashbury. As Tommy was giving his spiel, a man on the street says: "Don't exaggerate Tommy". It appears that everyone knows who Tommy is, as I walked past two girls sitting on the corner, they smiled at me and said: "Tommy gives an exciting tour, we have been on it!"

Some people felt a heaviness in the air as they approached a haunted home on the tour. Karma Bennet, an empath, smelled gunpowder in the area, before Tommy even told his story of a shooting! My apprentice, Athena, alerts me to Karma's insight on this location. I quickly interviewed Karma, and discover that her mother Karel Bennett is also an empath, and knew a tragedy would happen at a Led Zeppelin concert in Tampa, Florida. Her prediction was correct.

Another thing Tommy mentioned is that San Francisco is the #7 most haunted city in America, with New Orleans being #1. Tommy also mentioned one of the top ghost sites in America, Haunted America Tours, and that if anyone wants to know about some of the most haunted places in America, this is a website that they need to check out. http://www.hauntedamericatours.com

As we ended our tour, we stopped at a bar on Haight to refresh ourselves, again. The bar was hopping like most places on Haight on a Saturday evening. People were shooting Patron Tequila and gyrating to Britney Spears’, "Toxicâ". Shannon sang me the words, so I knew what the heck Britney was saying."With a taste of your lips
"m on a ride -You' re toxic I'm slipping under-With a taste of poison paradise I'm addicted to you- don't you know that you're toxic" Dang.
Tim and Shannon leave me in the bar to ponder the Britney Spears song… Then I find them back out on Haight Street teasing me with this huge slices of pizza. They purchased them for a mere 3 bucks at the Fat Slice Pizza! Hey, you guys, you didn't tell me you were going to get pizza! Ugh!

You now must be thinking that my evening should be coming to a close, not when I am on official HPI business! We reconvene with Tommy and his team, SFGS, at Golden Gate Park. We get to go deep in the park and investigate 'The Lady of Stow Lake'. Tommy has us all break up into teams. Each team leader would have a walkie talkie and it was up to us to conduct our own investigations. I joined up with the 'Paman Stow Lake Task Force' (cool name eh?), Joey Paman lead the investigation with Jean, Lou, Dee and I, in tow. I brought out my sound enhancement device and at one time, I heard a woman's laughter and a man saying 'no'. But, of course, I could have been picking up the sounds of the other teams. Jean hears a woman humming, while using the sound enhancement device. Joey used his video camera and the rest of the team used digital cameras for the investigation. We snap a lot of digital photos of small moisture orbs. The team, especially Jean, (who is a sensitive) feels heaviness near Strawberry Hill. Jean at one point feels like she is being pushed up the steps. As all of the teams reunite, many people from the various teams felt or witnessed something. Jean thought she saw a crossing shadow that moved across the lake. One of the paranormal investigators named, Cathy Lawson, told me that her mom's ashes were thrown into this lake. Her sister had nightmares, because the ashes weren't delivered to the lake, and when the ashes were finally thrown in, her sister's nightmares ceased.

This was an outstanding and very enlightening day and night in San Francisco. I give Tommy Netzband a standing ovation for this fun-filled spooky tour, and conference at the SF library. He is a great local historian and a great guy to hang out with. Everyone felt fulfilled with newfound knowledge about the dark side of San Francisco, a side of San Francisco that most people are either unaware of or are too afraid to discover.

As we departed, Shannon blasted some old disco tunes in her "Ectoplasmobile" driving like a bat outta hell and driving Tim, in the backseat, nuts. I, again experience the G-Force and look at Shannon and tell her, "yeah girl, whip it real good!" As we sped down the streets of San Francisco, Shannon said, "would you two like to see some hookers?!" Uh, yeah. She took us to the lovely and seedy Tenderloin district of SF. There were plenty of sex shops and really TALL ladies of ill repute standing by. What a treat. I looked at Shannon and Tim and say...."Weren't Donna and Athena supposed to be behind us following us out of the City?" Shannon looks startled and says..."oh crap, we must have lost them while we were looking for the TALL hookers!"

Tommy Netzband and HPi Paranormal Investigations group


Donna if you are reading this, I hope you and Athena made it back safely....sorry! There was a happy ending, Donna and Athena did make it home safely. Donna's words: "You're a dead man Paul!" Oops!


The Haight-Ashbury

A district of San Francisco, California, USA named for the intersection of Haight and Ashbury Streets, commonly known as The Haight. The Haight-Ashbury generally encompasses the neighborhood surrounding Haight street, bounded by Stanyan Street and Golden Gate Park on the West, Oak Street and the Golden Gate Park Panhandle on the North, Baker Street and Buena Vista Park to the East, and Frederick Street and Ashbury Heights and Cole Valley neighborhoods to the South.


The district is famous for its role as a center of the 1960s hippie movement, a post-runner and closely associated offshoot of the Beat generation or beat movement, whose initiated and "beatific" youth swarmed San Francisco's "in" North Beach neighborhood two to eight years before the "Summer of Love" in 1967. Many of those who could not find space to live in San Franciscos northside found the quaint, relatively cheap and underpopulated Haight Ashbury irresistible. The 60's era and modern American counter culture has been synonymous with San Francisco and the upper Haight neighborhood ever since.

The Haight Ashbury's elaborately detailed 19th-century multi-story wooden houses became a haven for hippies during the 1960s, due to the availability of cheap rooms and vacant properties for rent or sale in the district. The bohemian subculture that subsequently flourished there took root, and to a great extent, has remained to this day.

San Francisco and the Haight gained a reputation as the center of illegal drug culture and rock and roll lifestyles soon after, especially with the use of marijuana and LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs. By 1967, the neighborhood's fame chiefly rested on the fact that it became the haven for a number of important psychedelic rock performers and groups of the mid-1960s. Acts like Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin all lived a short distance from the famous intersection. They not only immortalized the scene in song, but also knew many within the community as friends and family.


For more on H.P.I. Haunted and Paranormal Investigations of Northern California, go to their website at: http://www.hpiparanormal.net

Paul Dale Roberts, HPI Ghostwriter
Email: JazmaPika@cs.com
Paranormal Cellular Hotline: 916 203 7503 (for comments on this story).
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