The Haunted Strip Mall (Revisited)
I had heard stories about the mall being haunted. I looked up the claims that some have reported about the area. Before it became a strip mall, there were several abandoned decaying buildings on the site. Witnesses have seen ghosts wandering around the old buildings. Kids who decided to explore the place at night heard crying and whimpering resonating from a long dark passage. They reported seeing three headstones, a large one in the middle of two smaller ones. The odd thing was that no one ever saw them in the light of day.
Today there sits a strip mall where some employees reported hearing crying and seeing what they could only describe as a ghost in various areas of the stores they were working at. Others have claims of seeing a ghostly looking homeless man in the area behind the store where a body of one was found several years earlier. The reports were that he was murdered in his sleep. He seems to be still hanging around behind the strip mall, making an appearance from time to time.
When I wrote this post, blogging was much bigger with lots more people writing blogs. I would get many more comments than I do today. What I didn’t expect was all the comments about the history of the area. I couldn’t find any information, but thanks to those who commented, I found out lots. I decided to do an update on this post and share all the interesting comments I received.
We lived in the area. It’s crazy because the Great Clips had incidents in their office where papers went flying and door opened. Then on the other side of the street by Bookmans there used to be a family salon. We were close with the owner. The last time I had my haircut we heard rummaging in the back and a door closed. I asked the stylist is someone back there and she said no. That was when I was told of the stories of spinning chairs and apparitions. One of the apartment building has a part that look like a bell tower on the northwest side of the Albertson’s plaza. Some have tried to look at the records in the public library near Metrocenter and were denied access. Our neighbors are curious where the deceased were buried and even our nearby complex has strange incidents. ~Unknown~ 2015
Reply to Unknown’s comment: The salon by Bookmans (it was a Safeway store) was Dinos hair design, the owner was John Lametica. The wayward home was across the street till 1981. ~Therese~ 2016
My mother worked there for a time in the late 50’s and early 60’s. She speaks glowingly of the nuns and all the girls who were just normal teenagers in retrospect. Mom talks of the beautiful buildings and acres of orchards. The property grew all its own fruits and vegetables. The girls who lived there had access to the swimming pool and gym and of course the “grocery store” where they could buy shampoo and such. We went to visit a few years back and my mother was extremely sad that the buildings, orchards and trees were all gone. I don’t remember which house my mother was in charge of, but if you’d like to ask her for more questions, I’m sure she would be happy to. She remembers a lot of the girls that were there at the time. ~Unknown~ 2016
This is so interesting! My grandma used to attend the school back in the day. She is no longer with us, but if anyone who knew a Carol Compton, please email me. I don’t know a lot about her past as a child, but I would love to hear. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org ~Unknown~ 2016