Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

She Poses By A Haunted House, But A Closer Look At The Photo Reveals A Chilling Truth.

There are two kinds of people in this world, and there really isn't a grey area: You either love scary stories or you don't, and if you're part of the former camp, have we got a scary story for you. The best part is that this particular story isn't all myth and legend: It involves a very real house that you can still visit today -- if you're brave enough, that is.

It's the old Winchester Mansion, built by none other than Sarah Winchester herself. The woman believed herself to be plagued by tragedy and spirits, so she built this enormous estate for the most unlikely reasons. It's a popular spot with ghost hunters and those who just enjoy the feeling of the heebie-jeebies, and people still say they can hear or feel the same ghosts that Sarah did. Learn more of this truly tragic and creepy story below -- and see the house that was, essentially, built by Sarah's ghosts.

To understand the story of the house, you have to first understand the story of Sarah Winchester.

Sarah Lockwood Pardee was the daughter of Leonard Pardee and Sarah Burns, a carriage manufacturer in New Haven, Connecticut. She spoke four languages and played piano beautifully, and in 1862, she married a man called William Winchester.

Winchester was the namesake of the famous Winchester repeating rifle. Sarah and William had a happy life together -- until everything fell apart, all at once.

In 1866 infant daughter, Annie, died of then mysterious childhood disease marasmus. Mrs. Winchester fell into a deep depression.

Winchester was the namesake of the famous Winchester repeating rifle. Sarah and William had a happy life together -- until everything fell apart, all at once.

Winchester Mystery House

It turns out that the rifles play a larger part in the story.

In fact, Sarah Winchester believed that they were part of her misfortune.

It turns out that the rifles play a larger part in the story.

Winchester Mystery House

To make matters worse, William died from tuberculosis soon after.

After both of these tragedies, Sarah ultimately sought help from a spiritualist.

That's when things started to get really weird.

Sarah Winchester contacted the Boston Medium and explained that her family and her fortune were being haunted by spirits – in fact, by the spirits of American Indians, Civil War soldiers, and others killed by Winchester rifles -- the rifles her husband made.

That's when things started to get really weird.

Winchester Mystery House

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