Bumps and scrapes in the night, strewn bed linen, and George Reeves’ ghost sightings at 3am are to be expected within the Benedict Canyon Drive home.
Once the former residence of this fifties Superman icon, it has been reported to be haunted by his restless spirit.
What sinister secrets lie within these four walls that are dying to be uncovered?
June 16, 1959
In the early hours of that particular morning, a shot rang clear. Such a tragic event would forever be a topic of mystery and speculation.
Days later George Reeves’s death would be ruled a suicide, but those close to him believed otherwise. It was no secret that George Reeves had an obsession for women and tended to break a lot of hearts along the way.
So it’s no surprise that a jealous ex-lover, with influential ties to the police and organized crime, could potentially be the reason for his sudden demise.
Close Encounters With Death
In the months leading to his death, a series of three automobile accidents took place. One, in particular, indicated that there was foul play at hand.
The third incident left Reeves fighting to gain control over his car when his brakes failed. Upon inspection of the vehicle, a mechanic revealed that fluid had been syphoned out the brakes.
After the inexplicable occurrences with the car, Reeves began receiving death threats telephonically, which escalated to the point that he approached the police.
Reeves immediately suspected his ex-lover (Toni Mannix) to be behind the threats and the tampering of his car.
Toni had married a very influential man, who had ties to some unsavory characters. It was quite possible that this man could’ve had the influence to torment Reeves and ultimately have him offed.
Reeves’s Frame of Mind
Before his death, Reeves’s career was going from strength to strength and he was going to marry Lenore Lemmon.
On the night in question, Lenore had a couple of friends over really late. Although Reeves was unhappy with the lateness of the guests’ arrival and somewhat intoxicated, he returned to bed and apparently shot himself.
The ‘Suicide Game’
Reeves had a macabre game that he enjoyed to play in front of others, which included a gun with blanks and a mock suicide attempt.
Oddly enough, Reeves would always take precaution to hold the gun away from his head when shooting the blank. Someone in a suicidal frame of mind wouldn’t take care to prevent getting burned by the blank’s powder.
Investigation into his death exposed a lot of discrepancies that were ultimately overlooked. The most disturbing evidence was that there was no gunpowder found on the actor’s skin, indicating that the gun wasn’t held in close proximity to his head.
The gun in question had blanks, so how did an actual bullet end up in it? Furthermore, there were no fingerprints found on the gun and no gunshot residue on his fingers.
Also, investigators found him on his back with the bullet casing underneath him. If he had shot himself, he would’ve been thrust forward and away from the discarded casing.
Toni Mannix’s Confession
In her later years, Mannix developed Alzheimer’s and senile dementia. During a period of lucidity, Mannix confessed to a priest that she needed to be forgiven for her sins before she passed on.
As she deteriorated, she would loudly pray to Reeves and a higher power to grant her the forgiveness she sought.
All the former renters of this home say that George Reeves’ ghost has frequently been sighted. Many believe that the actor is in a state of unrest and that he wants justice for his untimely death.
Tenants have reported that at times they find his former bedroom in a state of disarray after it has been tidied.
Pets also seem to pick up on a threatening spirit in the house. Former occupants have reported seeing an apparition in a Superman costume!
Other reports included hearing a gunshot in the middle of the night and then smelling gun powder. Many of the residents do not settle for too long since the unexplained noises and lights are too much.
With all the secrets buried within the home and the unjust murder of a man at his prime, it is no wonder that this house is considered a paranormal hotspot.