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Dissecting Playboy Mansion Ghost Stories

While listening to the podcast “Girls Next Level” by Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt, the ladies discussed ghost stories at the Playboy mansion on episode no. 11. [1]   They told a story of a rumor that the original owner Arthur Letts, Jr.'s wife or mother-in-law was pushed or fell to her death in the mansion and now haunts the estate. Bridget also mentioned that she had been looking for a photo of Mrs. Letts and could not find one. Of course, as an investigative genealogist, it piqued my interest and I decided to see if there was any truth to the rumor. I also wanted to see if an image of Mrs. Letts existed.   The estate now known as the Playboy Mansion is located at 10236 Charing Cross Road in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, California. The Tudor-style house was built in 1927 by American architect Arthur R. Kelly (1878-1959) for Arthur Letts, Jr. (1878-1959). He was the son of department store mogul Arthur Letts, Sr. (1862-1923).    The Letts Family   The Letts family o

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