Friday, October 29, 2010

Haunted House

In the spirit of Halloween, I thought I'd show this crazy 'haunted house'. This is the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. It was constructed by Sarah Winchester, the wife of William Winchester, heir to a rifle fortune. Legend has it that when Sarah's infant died, she became depressed. This depression got worse when her husband passed years later. She saw a medium who said that she and her family had been haunted by the spirits of the dead who died from the rifles her family made. The medium told her the only way to get rid of the spirits was to build a house for them and never stop building it. As long as she kept building, her life would be saved.

She moved to San Jose and for the next 38 years, never stopped building the Winchester House. The place is enormous. The house is built with mazes, dead ends and secret passageways. It was designed this way as a means for the spirits to get lost. When she died, the house was spread out over six acres and included 160 rooms, 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 47 staircases, 47 fireplaces, 13 bathrooms and kitchens. Are you kidding me? The house is a tourist destination now and is supposedly haunted. Such a crazy story.

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