Turnbull Canyon

Turnbull Canyon is not a safe place. Standing in the canyon, you can get a feeling of something being slightly wrong. Those of you who have been there know that feeling. (source)

Another location close to where I live. As always, I do not have the courage to venture out to such a place, but it’s good to hear some local tales. The background information will be availabe in my sources cited. It seems to go back very far in history, before the United States was formed and when California belonged to the Spanish. That’s amusing and all, but I want to write about the stories.

One incident occured in 1952. An two-engine American Airlines plane crashed in one of the hills, killing all onboard. Strange thing is that there were no planes scheduled to fly over the area. American Airlines doesn’t even have a route for the area. The airplane had no identification number, and neither did any of the 29 passengers killed. Some blame the spirits conjured by the cults, lusting after innocent souls.

Another incident occurred during the Cuban Missile Crisis era in 1962. There stood an old hospital near the canyon, which burned down in the ’40s. These college kids ventured to the canyons one night and one of them saw something on the ground. Hidden was the power connector for electrotherapy. As this kid called his friends over, a bolt of electricity ran up through his body. The kid’s hair caught on fire and his eyeballs popped. Strange thing is that the hospital burned down 20 years ago, and electricity in the area was shut off a long time ago.

These tales are the historic accounts. Turnbull Canyon has been in the news, although the article I found dates back to 2002. There’s recent cases also, but until I find the actual news articles, I won’t post something written by word of mouth.

A local church has declared the deep ravines and steep walls of Turnbull Canyon as a battle ground in a war to reclaim from evil the stretch of wilderness between Whittier and Hacienda Heights.

The Oct. 13 killing of 17-year- old Gloria Gaxiola, whose body was then dragged for four miles down Turnbull Canyon Road, recently brought members of Agape Christian Center in Pico Rivera to the canyon to spiritually cleanse the place. (source)

There are countless personal accounts and experiences. Cults, rumors of the KKK, hanging bodies on nooses. Hiking through the trails, people claim to see shadow figures, hear things in the bushes, and even footsteps marching. Murderers go up there to kill and even torture. These are real events, documented by the county.

This place is not definitively haunted, but if you attest to the experiences people have, then it’s hard to deny that something weird isn’t happening. It is a historic area, with a tragic past. Some may experience a frightening incident, while some may experience nothing out of the ordinary. Bikers ride up there and see nothing. It’s normal and scenic in the daytime and like all haunted places, the party starts at night.

Based on my research, I believe that “things” lurk in Turnbull Canyon. Whether it be mountain lions or spirits or killers, the thought is enough to keep me away.

There’s a lot more personal experiences, and I do read most of them. But I don’t want to copy every one of the stories onto this post. Links regarding further information/experiences are cited below.





http://forums.ghosttowns.com/showthread.php?t=13965 (it’s a long thread, but filled with crap)




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  1. Matt

    My grandfather died in the 1952 plane crash in Turnbull Canyon/Whittier/Puente Hills. You can look it up on Google, the flight was listed, but it wasn’t AA. There is a list naming almost everyone who died.
    My grandfather is listed as: A. Ibarra.
    The flight was from N.Y. with a few stops, and destined for Burbank.

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