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Behind Every Cloud is a Kindred Spirit (BECKS)I lost my grandfather when I was 17. I had a VERY difficult time getting over it. How could I still communicate with him? I loved him so much I didn't think I could live without him. I read everything I could get my hands on to do with the "afterlife" and that started it all...the love of Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal. I have been researching the paranormal for over 37 years!! It is my way of staying in touch with my grandfather. Being a Ghost Hunter is not always as exciting as it seems on TV. Many nights I have sat in the dark and not a thing happened. BUT it is those times you DO get that one voice, that one explainable picture or have an experience that sends chills down your back that makes it sooo worth it all!!! My purpose of this blog is not to make people believe in ghosts but maybe to open their minds just a little bit... I LOVE this crazy thing called Ghost Hunting. It is as much a part of me as breathing. I am just a girl that refuses to accept we can't still contact our loved ones after they die. My grandfather won't let me.



We've all heard the stories of Sarah Winchester.  The wife of the William Winchester, the man who made the Winchester Riffle.  When her husband died, Sarah believed that she was cursed because of the inheritance from the riffle and what I had always heard about Sarah was that she built this amazing house (or had workers doing construction 24/7) because a physic told her to.  This would keep the spirits confused and they could never find her.

Now, in the movie, there is a bit of difference.  SPOILER ALERT- In the movie, they say that Sarah had workers working 24/7.  And Sarah would have every death record of people that was killed with a Winchester Riffle sent to her and she would design and re-build the room they were shot in.  Then she would have the workers build the room then nail it up with 13 nails to keep the spirits in.  And all the crazy things about the house, windows that open to nowhere, stairs leading to nowhere and all kinds of other crazy things, Sarah would have visions of them first.  In the movie they also made it out to be Sarah was having violent episodes with these spirits attaching her and her family.   

No doubt, if you are interested in the paranormal, the Winchester House should be on your bucket list!!!!  For sure.....it was on mine!!!!  A couple years ago, for my birthday my boyfriend and I went up to see this "unbelievable" place!  Ok...I am going to keep it real with you guys....you expect.... or I did anyway.... to drive out away from the city to see the house.  Well....it is surrounded with concert parking lots and businesses.  So, for me.....I was just a little disappointed about that.

It is VERY COMMERCIALIZED!!!  There is a huge gift shop right when you pull in the parking lot and you have to go through it to get to the house.  Now, I TOTALLY understand that....but if they want to build on the "mystery" of the house.... I think they should have put the gift shop at the back not to take away from this amazing place.

Ok...with that said......the house is beyond BEAUTIFUL on the outside and the landscaping is gorgeous!!!  There are all these little single building that held the carriages, food, water and all kinds of other things.  In some ways, the Winchester House it's own little town.

Now, for whatever reason.....I would have to really LOVED to have met Sarah Winchester.  I think she was a woman that believed what she believed....and didn't really care what other people thought.  You know....kinda like me.  I'm a ghost hunter and that's that! :)

Now, let's talk about the house.  I REALLY don't want to be negative about this place because if you get a chance to go YOU SHOULD.  This is my opinion and my opinion only :)  I was disappointed to learn that even though the house has some finishing none of them are original.  The original pieces were auctioned off after Sarah's death and they were never "tagged" so even knowing where they might be today is impossible.

In the video's I have attached, it shows people taking pictures and video.  Now, a couple years ago when I was there, we weren't allowed to do that.  Which again, disappointing.  I hate it when you go to an amazing location and they won't let you take pictures...right???   That might have changed with the movie coming out.  Anyway, the one thing I will say is......being INSIDE and seeing for yourself all the crazy halls, stairs, windows and just knowing that someone actually lived there like Sarah is very surreal!!!  So getting to have a true paranormal experience...well I will have to say I had none.

There may not be any of her belongings left, but her PRESENCE is still very much alive.  They do have a lot of old pictures on the walls and I thought that was really neat.  So, please don't take this post as a negative thing, I LOVED THIS PLACE...just telling you my experience.  Now, if I could go back and be able to do a quick EVP session and take pictures and video I would definitely do it.

By the way.........I spent a TON OF MONEY IN THE GIFT SHOP!!!!!!!!  LOL  Totally got caught up in just BEING at the world famous Winchester Mansion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah Lockwood Winchester (née Pardee; c. 1840 – September 5, 1922) was an American heiress who amassed great wealth after the death of her husband, William Wirt Winchester. Her inheritance from his estate included USD$20 million (equivalent to $507,172,414 in 2017) as well as a 50% holding in the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, which made her one of the wealthiest women in the world at the time. She is best known for using her vast fortune to continue construction on the Winchester mansion in San Jose, California, for 38 consecutive years. Popular legends, which began during her lifetime, held that she was convinced she was cursed, and the only way to alleviate it was to add on to her California home. Since her death, the sprawling Winchester Mystery House has become a popular tourist attraction, known for its staircases that lead to nowhere and its many winding corridors.

Click on the link below and see the actors talk about the filming at the Winchester Mansion.

Here are some of the pictures I took at the Winchester House.  All the pictures above are mine except the picture of Sarah.

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