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5 Haunted Spots to Visit in Ventura

5 Haunted Spots to Visit in Ventura

In the mood for something spooky? Check out these spirited locales suggested by ghost expert Richard Leonard Senate
Posted 5 years agoby Trish Bendix

As a Ventura historian and an expert in all things spooky, Richard Leonard Senate has appeared on shows such as Sightings, Dead Famous, and Ghost Adventures to talk about literal haunts. His interest in ghosts lends itself well to the coastal city, which is known to be quite spirited. The author of The Haunted Southland and Ghosts of the California Missions suggests five places to check out if you’re looking for a ghostly experience.

1. Bella Maggiore Inn

Featured on the History Channel's Haunted Hotels, this inn built in 1926 during the Ventura Oil Boom is haunted by Sylvia, "a playful spirit," Senate says, "who likes to pinch men on the behind." You can find her in room 17, but she's also been seen in the halls, on the stairs, or in the lobby. The "lady of the night" died at Bella Maggiore during WWII; "some say she took her own life," Senate says, "others say she was murdered."


2. Ventura City Hall

What was initially the Ventura County Courthouse in 1912 was eventually restored and remade into City Hall in the 1980s. Senate says the main courtroom has a ghost: Elizabeth "Ma Duncan," the last woman sentenced to death in California for a murder she was convicted of in 1959. But it doesn’t stop there—Senate says she's not alone in the afterlife. "Three other ghosts walk here, including a judge in a black robe, a floating head seen in the first floor me