Nick Groff Investigates... The Linda Vista Hospital

Nick Groff is one of the most respected names in television and beyond when it comes to the paranormal. He has had incredible experiences in some of the most haunted locations in the world. As a friend to Arrow in the Head, we’ve shared some very exciting experiences with Nick including a couple of wild and spooky moments that we’ve managed to capture on camera. Thus, we’ve decided to work with the television host and producer extraordinaire so he can share his knowledge and insight on all things that go bump in the night. With this bi-monthly column, we plan to delve into everything from urban legends to ghostly apparitions, to his take on some of the coolest genre flicks ever. This is Nick Groff Investigates...!


Several years back, I had the opportunity to cover the trailer reveal for INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2. Fittingly, the event happened to take place at what many consider to be one of the scariest places you could ever visit. The Linda Vista Hospital is one of those locations where you can’t help but feel like you aren’t alone. Even if you are a skeptic - which many of those at this particular event were - there was an energy there that was quite unsettling. One room had medical records scattered around and it was particularly chilling as we were able to read about some of the many tragic deaths that have occurred there. It was such an incredible experience that I always longed to go back.

Over the years, the hospital served as a great location for horror films and television shows. As well, many in the paranormal field would visit looking for any sort of connection to the deceased. Even when a large group of fans and journalist had gathered for a look at INSIDIOUS 2 trailer, there was an intensely creepy feeling that ran through you as you walked the hallowed halls. The one time hospital has become a bit of a legend when it comes to dealing with ghostly apparitions. There are many stories about haunted encounters and spooky tales of the paranormal that have turned the one time hospital into the stuff of legends when it comes to paranormal activity.

This legendary place was used in several television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, Dexter and more. It was also used in such feature films as INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3, THE LORDS OF SALEM, TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA, BOO, END OF DAYS, THE CELL, PEARL HARBOR and much more. And for Nick Groff, the one time working hospital gave him one of the most profound and fascinating experiences of his career. So this week, I asked Mr. Groff about his early connection to the Linda Vista Hospital. While it may be a familiar tale to some, it still remains one of my personal favorites from his haunted history. Here is what Nick had to say about his first experience at this terrifyingly creepy locale.

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“Linda Vista Hospital has been on my mind ever since I investigated the location in 2009. I came face to face with a lady spirit who appeared to be wearing a hospital gown. Our eyes locked for a split second in time to give me a jolt of energy that scared me to the point that my recorder flew out of my hand, and time froze on my camera mini dv tape footage! At the time this was a very frightening experience for me! This was a game changer in my life and made me search more into the paranormal.

I went back again to further investigate the spirit I encountered and left the location with more questions. I feel this lady spirit definitely wanted to tell me something as a ton of audio devices were recording her voice.

I haven’t been able to get back into the location recently because they turned part of the building into condos. I really would love to go back, now that I’ve had time to grow and develop new investigative skills. Also, new technology will help to explore and uncover more about my experience and the connection with the spirit at the location. The energy is incredible at Linda Vista Hospital!

There has been a lot of tragedy at the hospital from people dying. A lot of mystery surrounds the location. I even spoke to nurses that used to work in the hospital in the early 80’s and they recount having the same experiences I did. That helped validate everything that happened to me.

Linda Vista Hospital is on my top ten list that will continue to haunt me for as long as I live. I need to discover more about this location. 

Through life we take twists and turns that guide us in different directions, but sometimes there’s those certain moments in time that will forever impact you. This hospital will always have a special place in my mind. Until next time... I will keep exploring the unknown.”

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Source: AITH



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