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A Few Spooky Things in My Life

by Max Shapiro |  Published: Dec 24, 2014


As strange as my columns often are, I have experienced any number of incidents in real life that are even stranger and spookier. I was booted out of a garden for filching berries from someone else’s plot. I took them right in front of the owner and a bunch of other people —without knowing what I was doing! From time to time in the past I had taken berries from there when no one was around, and I’m convinced a ghost punished me by then compelling me to steal in front of witnesses. The tragic passing of Jerry Buss brought back memories of perhaps the weirdest and most disastrous episode of them all. Long before Buss bought the Lakers in 1979 and became an icon in the world of basketball and poker, he and Frank Mariani had a real estate investment group. I had been in their group for a ...

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