Twenty rooms, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a pond with Japanese carp, an ice rink, a cinema and a dance hall. And the Briarcliff Manorthe “modest” abode of Brad Pittof almost 8 thousand square meters, in the Los Feliz a neighborhood Los Angeles (California), which the actor sold for 40 million dollars, because he was “looking for something smaller”, still in the city area.
Here, together with his ex-wife Angelina Jolie, raised six children: Maddox, 21, Pax, 19, Zahara, 18, Shiloh, 16, and 14-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. The couple separated in 2016. But there were also some very special roommates in the house: some ghosts and an elderly 105-year-old gentleman.
The Tale of the “Queen of Darkness”
To reveal the details of the story a Peoplewas Cassandra Peterson, better known as “Elvira, the queen of darkness”, from the title of one of her 1988 films, horror icon, now seventy-one years old, former owner of the house, who in 1994 sold the property to Pitt “only” for 1, 7 million dollars. “A lot of weird things happened there, but Brad was excited about this place. He thought it was really cool.”
“I saw people walking upstairs: real people walking,” she said. “One time, a ghost was sitting downstairs in front of the fireplace, another time it would enter my bedroom and come back. We saw a person floating on the bottom of the pool, stuff like that.”
“I know it sounds strange – added the horror star laughing – And I know very well that you could expect these statements from me, but I have not had hallucinations. I cannot explain these things to myself”.
The events allegedly began immediately after she and her ex-husband, the musician Mark Pierson, had moved into the villa. “I went upstairs to the third floor to unpack moving boxes and I heard these footsteps across the ceiling, thud thud thud and then again thud thud thud – the woman said some time ago – I was about to look up and I clearly noticed the vibrations of the steps of this person who was walking across the room. I ran upstairs and said, convinced they were my collaborators: ‘Hey, I told you not to go up…’ and stopped. There was no one. There was absolutely nobody there, just a huge empty hall.”
It seems that the couple even requested “the intervention of a priest to perform an exorcism”. But these paranormal phenomena would never have bothered Brad Pitt, who lived in the house for about 30 years.
A disturbing story
Indeed, the history of Briarcliff Manor is creepy. The villa had been built in 1910 for an oil tycoon. In the 60s, even before Cassandra Peterson, he had also lived in the villa Mark Hamillthe actor of Star Wars, who however left after his roommate took his own life. As if that weren’t enough, it seems that the house was also the scene of a suspicious death after an artist of the Ziegfield Follies she was found dead in the pool. But the oddities don’t end there.
The elderly guest
Brad Pitt hosted an elderly man for several years. The actress explained that the colleague, over the years, has greatly extended his property with respect to the original borders, gradually buying other homes in the immediate vicinity, including that of a man named John, who continued after his wife’s death. to live in the house without paying anything to the plaintiff. Perhaps Pitt thought that, given his age, the old man would soon pass away, but he lived to be 105 years old.