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By Joseph McFarlane


An explorer visited an abandoned Nazi ranch to find it now had a rope swing and monkey bars.

After hearing local myths and legends, actor Jesse St Louis went on a hike to find Murphy’s Ranch, nestled in the Pacific Palisades in California, USA.

Following the four-mile walk, Jesse came across a gutted and graffiti-sprayed shell of a building which was created in the 1930s by Nazi followers who were convinced Hitler was about to conquer the USA. 

Bought by Winona and Norman Stephens for $4 million, the land was turned into a self-sustaining community for the dictator after being told by a mystery German man named Herr Schmidt that conquest was imminent.

Jesse, 41, said: “Your mind starts seeing and hearing things and i was worried i might stumbled across some weird Satanic ritual or something.

“I felt super stimulated and my adrenaline was pumping so it was hard to say if what I felt was coming from outside myself but it definitely had a strange and powerful energy to it.”

Not much is known about Herr Schmidt, but he was known to be a member of the Silver Legion of America, a fascist and anti-Semitic white supremacist group.

Commonly known as the Silver Shirts, their compound was raided by federal agents in 1941, the day after Pearl Harbour was attacked.