Winchester Mystery House

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If ghost stories don’t scare you, or if you oddly like creepy places, I highly recommend visiting the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. Sarah Winchester, the widow of the inventor of the Winchester rifle, built it. She was convinced the mansion was haunted by all of the people that died at the hands of a Winchester rifle.

I asked the tour guides if they’ve ever seen anything out of the ordinary and most of them claim to see figures in certain areas when there’s no one around, or if its closer to night time. I can attest to being freaked out because within the first five minutes of being in the house, the shed door closed by itself. I know what you’re thinking, “This girl is so gullible.” Normally, I would agree with you, but then a second odd thing happened. While we were on the second floor I was looking out of a window and all of a sudden it shut by itself. It wasn’t a particularly windy day and the latch that was keeping it open looked sturdy. I guess its a “you had to be there” kind of moment, but I stand by it. An energy unlike anything else on Earth lives in the mansion.

A notable feature of the house is the elaborate old-fashioned, stained-glass designs. I got an otherworldly impression of them, like they were certainly sitting on the line from this side to the other.

For all of the skeptics in the audience, I’ll leave you with this final story. Harry Houdini, a famous magician, wanted to prove that ghosts didn’t exist. Because of the growing popularity of the Winchester mansion he visited it, fully prepared to disprove all of the paranormal activity. When he came out of the mansion he famously commented that the house is a mystery.

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