The Winchester Mystery House
Scary spider web designs throughout the home, the number thirteen represented around every corner. Chandeliers with thirteen candles, sink drains with exactly thirteen holes, and a stained glass window with a spider web motif and thirteen decorative stones are only a few of the significant spiritual elements of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose California.
The enormous mansion was the residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of Connecticut gun maker William Wirt Winchester. Shortly after being married, Sarah gave birth to a baby girl, who died only days later from a rare children’s disease. The loss drove Sarah into madness for over a decade, and although she did return to her normal self again, the couple remained childless.
Tragedy struck Sarah again when her beloved husband died of tuberculosis on March 7, 1881. Having nowhere else to go, Sarah turned to a medium for advice. The medium conducted a séance, in which her late husband informed her that there was a curse upon the family, and the spirits of those who died at the hands of a Winchester rifle were seeking vengeance. The medium instructed Sarah to head west and continually build a home for the spirits. She was given a grave warning: If building stopped, she would die.
And so the Winchester Mystery House was born. Guided by her husband’s spirit, Sarah headed west. With her vast inheritance, Sarah had a wide variety of local carpenters at her disposal, and for thirty six years, the workers constructed and deconstructed the home, one section at a time. Sarah employed twenty two carpenters on staff and work was done year round, twenty four hours a day.
As the days drug on, the house eventually grew to be seven stories high, and included numerous stairways to nowhere, doors that opened to deep drops, and upside down stair posts, along with various representations of the number thirteen. The house appears to be sheer madness, but in Sarah’s mind it was a way of confusing the vengeful spirits, who she believed were responsible for the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Sarah passed away at the age of 83, after a conference with the spirits in the séance room. Today, the home is a California Historical Landmark, and no one truly knows how many rooms exist within the home. A number of strange happenings have been reported at the house; mysterious footsteps that roam the maze-like structure, doorknobs that turn by themselves, and windows that shatter when they randomly slam shut.
Several ghost hunters, with the help of special equipment, have documented a variety of phenomena. Cameras outfitted with special infrared boosters have determined various cold spots, strange lights, and other creepy spiritual occupations. While the Winchester Mystery House definitely deserves the title as one of the largest haunted houses, its beauty and confusion that evoke madness draw attention to the spirits that wander the corridors. Every Friday the Thirteenth, the groundskeeper rings the large bell thirteen times on the thirteenth hour.
© Hardcore Paranormal 2014
© Hardcore Paranormal 2014