Shriek Show - Winchester Mystery House Kate Shields and Abby Gehlhausen
For this week’s segment, we are going all the way to San Jose, California. The story begins in Connecticut where Sarah Winchester lost her husband to tuberculosis and her daughter to a childhood illness. She visited a medium, where she was told that the premature deaths were payback from the spirits that got killed by Winchester rifles. Hoping to get a fresh start, Sarah moved all the way to California and bought an 8-room farmhouse. This would begin the world’s longest renovation, which only stopped when she died in 1922.
It was said that Sarah kept adding renovations to confuse the spirits. The house is 24,000 square feet with 10,000 windows, 2,000 doors, 160 rooms, 52 skylights, 47 stairways and fireplaces, 17 chimneys, 13 bathrooms, and 6 kitchens. Many of the doors and stairways lead nowhere.
Many different spirits are said to reside in the Winchester Mystery House. One goes by the name of “Clyde”. He is a mustache man sometimes seen pushing a wheelbarrow in the basement or trying to repair the fireplace in the Ballroom. People also claim to have to feel gentle tugs on their shirts or skirts during tours. They also claim to hear footsteps and whispers.
The house is now open for tours where guests can see all the different parts of the house.