On Tuesdays, I feature one photograph from my collection of photography.
My backyard faces the cuesta grade. We could clearly see rising smoke from the Santa Margarita Fire. Hopping this gets put out fast.
It was the first hot weekend of the summer season, temps reaching high 80’s to low 90″. Relatively warm but not breaking any records. Still when it gets hot people get weird, and when people get weird so do the news stories here on the. central coast of California. This story i found by far kinda takes the cake at the moment. Also this happened really close to where i live. I saw a new van at the trail head but figured they where doing a story on the heat and how people on the trail need to remember water. Same stories you hear at the beginning of every summer. But nope, it was a bit more strange.. As you can see there seems to be some weird things that happen on the central coast.
Here is the KEYT report:
San Luis Obispo woman accused of slashing boyfriend’s throat
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – A San Luis Obispo woman was arrested Saturday evening after authorities say she cut her boyfriends throat and fled the area on foot.
The incident happened at around 6:45 p.m. at Bishop Peak near San Luis Obispo. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the trailhead at Bishop Peak for a report of a man bleeding from the neck. Deputies responded and found a 55-year-old man with a large laceration across his neck. The man told witnesses at the scene that his girlfriend had cut his throat. An EMT was on their way to work when they stopped and rendered aid to the man.
The man was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and then later released. Deputies searched the area for the man’s girlfriend in the area of Cerro Romaldo Avenue after receiving multiple reports of a suspicious female in the area. San Luis Obispo police officers located the woman hiding in some bushes. She was arrested and booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail. She has been identified as Erika Christine Deherrera, 40, of San Luis Obispo. Deherrera could face charges for attempted murder.
I heard about this place when I moved to SLO. It was a creepy story for some old building people would tell stories about. After living here for about a year and word of the building being torn down or revamped I had to hike up and take a look for myself. Here are some of my photos of this creepy building and some info I found about its history!
A former juvenile hall, known for cramming too many children into its dungeon-like cells, it was shut down in 1974. Now screams have been heard from inside along with the sounds of children laughing, doors being slammed, footsteps, etc. It is called “Hell’s Acres”.
located to the left of San Luis Obispo County’s Probation Department, surrounded by empty fields, lies Sunny Acres or known locally as Hells Acres. Off of Johnson, Sunny Acres opened on April 16th, 1931 as a home for orphans and other children who were wards of the government. Children waiting for transfer to foster homes or in trouble with the law were also sent there. It eventually became a juvenile hall and a youth detention facility.
As time went on, the facility grew worse and obtained a poor reputation. Some judges in the area would only send children there if there was absolutely no other alternative. Steel cells were installed for the truly problematic children. And, in 1959, seven of the children confined within actually performed an escape attempt, taking the woman on duty to watch them hostage, tying her up, and stealing her car. They were captured before they were able to escape into Mexico. After this security was increased. Conditions afterward grew so bad that when a local paper did an article on the facility, they used models in the pictures instead of actual inmates. Funding was low, resources lacking, equipment old and dated, and rumor has it that the facility was overcrowded. What had started out as a facility to house poor orphans and children needing new homes had become a jail complete with steel dungeon-like cells holding only the worst children with nowhere else to go.
New facilities eventually opened in 1974 and Sunny Acres officially finally closed. It has sat vacant and abandoned ever since. Since then it has been the target of vandals, graffiti artists, trespassers and worse. During the eighties, police reported that they often ended up Sunny Acres twice a week, to stop local youth from drinking and doing drugs within the structure. Police even reported finding an altar that had been used to burn animals. A fire even broke out in the abandoned structure on November 24th, 1989. Supposedly satanic drawings were discovered on the walls as were candles.
And, of course, when a structure with such an interesting history is left abandoned for so long, it eventually gets a history of being haunted. Not surprisingly there are the stories of hearing phantom children laughing (and even more creepy, children whispering), echoing footsteps where no one is walking, piercing screams, doors slamming suddenly on their own (which is a feat considering many are made of steel), and other ghostly activity. A crying baby has also been heard, despite the structure having only supposed to have housed children ages 10 to 17. Another lost boy pounds on the door to his cell trying to get out. There have been multiple reports of a flickering candle or some other light source being seen in one of the upstairs windows.
Today the asbestos filled structure is completely surrounded by a fence and has multiple “No Trespassing” signs and marks. The closest place to park is the Probation Department a field away. Sunny (or Hells) Acres is in clear view of it. Fields surround the front and back of the structure too, as if, the outside world is afraid to encroach upon the structure. I even ran across a deer trapped in the fenced in grounds behind the building, trying to locate the one way out. The building was renamed in late 2014 to Bishop Street Studios. It is supposed to one day be fixed up and renovated into housing for people with mental illness, which if it’s haunting seems scarily fitting. Despite there currently being plans to renovate as of late 2016, nothing has happened.
Somehow it feels like the building continues to find ways to avoid being destroyed or fixed up.
I came across a tweet from SLO news about a tv showed from ID Discovery about a case that started as a Nipomo fire, once the fire was put out a gruesome discovery was found and a murder investigation started. With close ties in SLO itself, this murder investigation is a thriller for sure. If you like true crime this story is haunting…
The premiere of the second season of “Murder Among Friends”, which aired this week, showcases the Dystiny Myers murder, albeit with a slightly altered storyline.
Set in “Nipomo County,” the episode consists of characters playing Myers, Rhonda Whisto, Ty Hill, Frank York and Cody Miller. Interspersed is actual footage from the Myers murder case, as well as interviews with past and present Tribune reporters who discuss the murder in present tense.
“When firefighters extinguish a California brush fire, they unexpectedly ignite a twisted murder mystery – rife with forced prostitution, burning jealousy, and an almost unthinkable mastermind,” a preview of the episode states.
Murder Among Friends is aired on the Investigation Discovery channel, and the episode “Date With Dystiny” can be viewed on the channel’s website. Also, at least for now, the episode is on YouTube.