Return To The Horrifying Winchester Mansion

Return To The Horrifying Winchester Mansion

August 8, 2019 100 By William Hollis


no no please don’t come in here I think we’ve lost him big Ryan’s uh finally taken the leap yeah were you making worse noises back where it all began back to cool hunting in the spot where we began cool hunting we came here as boys now we return as men I’m happy to be back it is a dressed-up for a Halloween right now so that’s gonna add a little bit of spooky fun to it yeah but that makes it almost better because jack-o’-lanterns everybody loves them right you have anything to say to her shame the madam of the house yeah let’s tango baby let’s dance man it just feel like we’re coming back home yeah I do feel I feel right being here and we’re sleeping here well in case any of you needed a reminder this place is a twisting nightmare what’s with the hallway shut up hello just so all of you know in this house we’ve been here before my name is Ryan my name is Shane and we’re just here to talk so if you want to come out maybe show yourself you know just chill here and hang out with us yeah I’ve already lost great oh look here we got ashamed or in a Ryan door dig in myself this week on the season premiere of BuzzFeed and solve we reinvestigate the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose California as part of our ongoing investigation into the question are ghosts real avid fans of the show may remember that this is the site of our first paranormal investigation ever and tonight we return to once again tangle with Sarah Winchester and her cast of ghouls this time stronger faster more prepared and tonight we’re actually gonna sleep here unlike last time I was a little too chicken for that yeah we’re gonna sleep individually too I love it so you’ll actually sleep I’ll get a great night’s sleep I won’t probably I’m gonna be in her bedroom trying very hard to not die I think I’m just gonna do I don’t know rip out your spine and the worse she’ll just give you a little kiss on the cheek or something I’m trying to challenge myself mentally this season because last and little too cocky I got a little too uh calloused yeah you stopped believing in ghosts I think I did not stop believing in ghosts you used to I saw rules after we really believed in him you’d still be pretty scared but anyways let’s break down some history huh you ready oh yeah let’s get into it okay the 24,000 plus square foot Winchester Mystery House is a twisting turning puzzle mansion with 161 rooms and bafflingly bizarre design as a general proof of concept for the mansion’s haunted reputation Harry Houdini toured the Winchester home in 1924 his visit occurred close to Halloween and he went late at night nearly midnight Houdini was known to routinely go out of his way to try to debunk mediums and other purveyors of the supernatural as charlatans but he reportedly said nothing defamatory after visiting Sarah Winchester’s home jumping forward to present day one hallway on the third floor of the Winchester House is said to be particularly active as of late our static cam placed in that hallway picked up a bat flying but also picked up what appears to be a black object thrown at the camera I’m gonna called about the where’s bat huh there’s the bat you see it kind of go from there to there I’ll call it a bat hard to tell bit inconclusive as is most of the things I think this one is a truly on the fence we don’t know what that is yeah born circa 1840 Sara Lockwood Pardee was from New Haven Connecticut Sarah was bright and well-educated she could speak four languages and played three instruments she married William Wirt Winchester in 1862 in 1866 William’s father Oliver Winchester renamed his New Haven Arms Company to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company the Winchester rifle was a staple of westerns he was beloved by Annie Oakley Buffalo Bill and President Theodore Roosevelt it is perhaps the most iconic weapon of America in the 1800s and the ultimate weapon of death in wars to come over 8 million Winchester 1886 1892 and 1894 models were manufactured and sold the same year that the Winchester Repeating Arms Company was started Sarah gave birth to a daughter Annie her only child who died six weeks later of marasmus or malnourished magenta Lee caused by a calorie and protein deficiency in 1880 William’s father Oliver died one year later William died leaving 50% of the company and over 20 million dollars in inheritance to Sarah instantly making her one of the richest women alive shortly after Sarah moved from the east coast to the west coast where she purchased 161 acres of orchards on this massive plot of land sat an eight-room two-story farmhouse and it’s here that the story of the Winchester Mystery House begins to this day you can visit an attic that used to be on the land at that time so right now we’re going up to the Hay House this wasn’t part of the original farmhouse but it was part of the original property was there when Sarah first bought the land I remember this funny set of stairs and we’re about to go up our old friends the switchback stairs just another fun part of this house is there anybody up here with us we’re coming up this place well we’re back the ghoul brothers whoever lives in this house or whoever maybe in this house now or in the past we know this was one of the more original places when this place was first built and not a weird little funhouse that it is now now do you know we know who you are but do they know that we know that they know that we know we know who they are that’s the trick oh we’re gonna kneel down yeah sure anybody’s in here with us let us know say something 20 seconds you think something’s funny I like give him a warning 20 seconds left get your shit together bye-bye that was disappointing [Music] shit well that’s gonna happen a couple times tonight just there’s there’s Halloween stuff around we got is that a crow or Raven Trans biggest fear here in 1884 Sarah began to compulsively build onto the farmhouse and would continue to do so until her death in 1922 Sarah paid contractors handsomely sometimes three times the going rate to work in shifts up to 24 hours per day on the near consistent expansion of her Queen Anne Revival style home it’s estimated that 500 to 600 rooms were built but due to her constant remodeling only 161 remain to further contextualize the scale of the mansion the home has 2,000 doors 10,000 windows 47 stairways 47 fireplaces 17 chimneys six kitchens three elevators and 13 bathrooms what caused this sudden obsession you might ask no one knows for sure but a legend grew around Sarah Winchester in the mysterious expansion of her house which says that after losing both her husband and a young daughter Sarah sank into depression at the suggestion of a friend she consulted with a renowned Boston psychic Adam Koons who held a seance Sarah wish to commune with her late loved ones instead Koons revealed that Sarah was cursed by the countless lives killed by Winchester rifles and the spirits of those victims had already caused her child and husband to die the legend contends she was warned that if she ever halted construction on the house or as many retellings of the legend put it if the Hammers ever ceased she would die and conversely as long as she continued to build non-stop she would live this would offer an explanation for the bizarre floorplan and nonsensical features of the house the house features a dead-end staircase plastered over rooms doors that lead to brick walls and a door that leads to nowhere one of the greater novelties of this home if you want to call it that except this novelty you could kill you so really goes there yeah careful man I just don’t think any ghost is gonna like open this door and go going to ghost work honey see you like the wacky floor plan would confuse the ghost haunting her home and would prevent them from finding Sara the story goes that she would often follow circuitous pass through the house to lose any spirits who might be tracking her however some historians say that the legends about Winchester’s motives and unconventional methods are overblown sighting letters from Sara that support the fact that she actually took breaks from building the house furthermore after things did not work out with multiple architects Sara did much of the sketching for new additions herself but she lacked proper training which sometimes led to mistakes does that equate to building a door leading to nowhere in my opinion not really but there’s also speculation that it was simply her grief that motivated her to keep busy but enough history let’s get into the hotspots of this mansion that some believe are filled with the souls manifested by the Winchester rifle as a whole the mansion is said to be home to lights turning on by themselves disembodied voices breathing and footsteps as well as the sound of nails being removed and dropping to the floor the seance room is located at the center of the house it has one entrance but three exits it said that Sara always carried the only key to this room and that she always went in alone sometimes referred to as the Blue Room this is where the legend says Sarah Winchester would hold nightly seances at precisely 2 a.m. to receive building instructions from spirits for her mansion one thing I find odd about that like the fact that maybe she gets building instructions from the spirits in the seance room no kind of seems contradictory to the idea that she’s building a house that’s winding to escape spirits yeah a contractor just shows up he’s like alright check out these blueprints these are really gonna confuse us so I think maybe a windy thing here I drew it out try not to look at it too much I really tried to go nuts with it so I don’t I don’t never like a photographic memory so if you build this it’s gonna confuse the living hell out of us so this is like a spirit from Brooklyn coming to you gonna need a bunch of two-by-fours last time we were in here we just did a simple investigation but since did we even do that what did we do we stood in here we’re like look at this room yeah we were really bad at ghost hunt oh yeah I just took out a brand new battery I just took off the plastic from it and put it in this is highly unusual but now we’re gonna actually conduct a legitimate seance let’s rock and roll let’s do it all right that was a firm grip okay spirits of this room we’re here to communicate with you yes we are welcoming yes and we have nothing but good intentions and good vibes yeah we have some food for you here we all rice krispies treat a treat from the future we also have this this this board here in fact why don’t I just show you how it works so you can see that whoa look how fun that is hello h-e-l-l-o cool I’m gonna move the rice krispies treat off the board it’s getting kind of sticky that’s for them see how that works I just want to know its food mmm yum yum no all right here we go if there’s anybody here with this you could use this board you could take some of the food you can move these candles you can say something you could touch something this is all for you Sara if you’re hearing this right now we’d like to speak to you in particular so I’d like very much to meet you have some other rice krispies can you say your name is there anything you’d like us to know is there anything you’re scared of nothing Sarah Winchester was reportedly fascinated by the number 13 and the number pops up several times throughout the home there are 13 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms several stairways have 13 steps some of the ceilings contain 13 ceiling tiles the $25,000 room holds several of Winchester’s commission Tiffany glass pieces one of which is made with 13 precious stones the glass pieces in this room are said to be worth about 350 thousand dollars today well Sarah we’re here in your I would assume one of your more favorite rooms and if you’re thinking well I’m not gonna talk to these guys please know we’re gonna be here all night the sooner you get it out of the way heck if you do it now this guy will go help go run it whoever is in this room whether it be Sarah or somebody who worked at this mansion let us know you’re here shatter every piece of stained glass in this room okay I’m gonna give you a minute just just a dealer’s choice here do whatever you want here we go one minute of silence coming right up starting now I will say that I don’t feel like I’m being watched right now no do you have you felt that in another who’s that who just spoke that old familiar face that was anybody can you say it again who was that I heard what sounded like a little whisper her you little whisper yeah are you but I think you’re just appeasing me right now I don’t think you actually heard it’s a little bit of both but I did hear what appeared to sound like a little whisper I don’t think it was a go it was a female voice if they were whoever that was could you say it again if that wasn’t anybody in fact you don’t have to be scared of us I assure you I am more scared of you than you are of me that’s it folks lovely glass love the Clank you for showing us really good glass you got there good ask well that’s good glass behind that glass I’m gonna steal I’m gonna steal that glass I won’t I respect this house on the third floor of the Winchester house is a room referred to as the witches camp an unusual space it’s unknown what this room was used for perhaps just an attic space the conical ceiling is constructed in such a way that if you stand in the middle of the room and talk the echo of your voice supposedly surrounds you oh this is cool oh oh I love this can I sleep here stand in the middle speak up word oh yeah right there right yeah hello hello hello yeah hi we’re here to communicate with whoever is in this room right now he’s invited his little spirit box here he’s gonna let her rip and you’re gonna hate it 3 2 1 Yahtzee let’s say take your clothes off we’re gonna a lot of chatter in here a lot of chatter fuck is going on in this room can you say our names back to us can you say the name of the woman who built this house or if you are the woman who built this house can you say [Laughter] Winchester but it’s alright with your name is making this easy I’ll tell you that don’t bother with Ryan right now all right hasta luego turn this off now tell you what goes if any of you are protective of this room not gonna do it on purpose but there’s a good chance I’m gonna fart in here one of the more active areas of the mansion is the basement earlier in the night our static cam an EVP device placed in the basement picked up these footsteps when nobody was in the house that’s your proof yeah there’s nobody in the house okay and it also sounds like they’re in the basement and they also sound like it’s hot it also has the sound of high heels yeah this is pretty big evidence in my opinion but I’m gonna agree to disagree I think it’s the sound of someone walking through a house okay there’s no point in arguing with you about this I mean I knew you know there’s not you knew you were gonna head wiggle out of it the best you could is it likely that someone we didn’t know was walking around was walking around know what’s more likely undead souls wearing high heels the basement is also where a male ghost named Clyde is said to be seen pushing a wheelbarrow near the coal chute since this is one of the most active areas we’ll investigate this section of the house individually you look great man thank you what do I do down there try and find Clyde oh well adios yeah I’ll see you later man now we wait Clyde oh boy I forgot about these low ass ceilings down here oh shit I hit my head oopsie-doopsie yeah this is the worst because normally I’m like all right it’s got to get through ten minutes and it’s over but here it’s 10 minutes and then to our three hour however long it is until sunrise you know what it’s easy to take a lot for granted in this life and I’d like to just take this moment to be thankful that I have been given the opportunity to hang out in the basement of the Winchester house hole all alone after this there’s no reprieve for me I’m just gonna go straight into Sarah’s bedroom so I’m gonna go down to the very end of this narrow passage I’m gonna turn on my light spend the last two minutes in total darkness so I think that’d be a blast the idea of seeing something that breaks the laws of reality is gonna mess with your head I don’t know why it scares me so much it just does there’s anybody down here you know I’m here so speak up hang out you got time all right that’s it I’m not playing your game I know exactly what you’re doing right now not gonna happen but I’m not walking down there to find you I know what happened last time I was down here [Applause] piece of shit my mic went out and then I was looking for you he’s crouching in here like some gonna cave creature your numbers up well you look great you look ready get down there have a good time [Music] fuck goddammit don’t like this not a fan of this at all you’ll be fine he’s not gonna be fine well this is horrifying and I’m only a minute in so how about that do I dare say is there anybody down here with me my name is Ryan if you could do me a big favor and not respond to me or show yourself that would be amazing because I don’t want to see you if you’re scared of me no I’m very scared of you so let’s just do either a favor and not show ourselves to each other how about that time really flies when you’re down there in the darkness at some point I just turned off all my lights and let the darkness wash over me what if I just make nonsense noises right now what’s going I think we’ve lost him what was that I’m losing my mind doo doo doo doo all right what the fuck was that my fucking GoPro thing fell off meh sit down I’m sitting down it sounds like it’s really escalating I’m gonna turn on the spirit box now come on oh here’s s beer box is there a Clyde down here they used to work here a former caretaker huh what anybody here I hate this hey I love you my name is Ryan could you say Ryan back to me I love you who’s this if there’s anybody else hi did you just say hi hi hello to you who is this Who am I speaking to can you say your name I’m gonna turn off my light Ryan what two-minute warning great I’m gonna turn off this light for the last minute here once we get to that minute mark I will turn off my lights and I will be at your mercy truly if you could just do me a big solid and not do anything that would be sublime here we go lights coming off I hate myself well this is just as horrifying as I thought it would be I guess you could uh maybe you could come out and say hello after all I am trying to find a girl all right you can’t do two minutes come up what you failed can I come up yes oh thank god you couldn’t do two minutes of silence could you what I heard you talking I was talking quietly I don’t care you talked to hide from the silos you know you do I was merely trying to communicate get ready for an all-night nightmare now perhaps the most active area of the house is Sara’s bedroom a group of investigators once witnessed a red ball of light quote that seemed to explode and then fade end quote within Sara’s bedroom a psychic within that group also claimed to see a couple dressed in servants clothing standing in the corner of the bedroom on October 31st 1975 a psychic named Jeannie borgin and a medium named joy Adams visited the Winchester house and held a seance in Sara’s bedroom while appearing to be in some kind of trance borgen’s said she felt mrs. Winchester’s overpowering spirit and reportedly aged for a brief moment as her hair grayed and her face became lined with wrinkles perhaps one of the reasons that Sarah’s spirit is so strong in this room is due to the fact that Sarah actually passed away in here and with that we entered the final phase of the investigation something we didn’t dare do during our first encounter with the Winchester sleeping in the house and for me this will be the first time I’ve ever slept alone in one of these horrible buildings I feel like I’m about a half a mile from Ryan hope he’s doing fine probably not this freaking doll is just sitting there staring at me got some peanuts so here we go is anybody in here with me please don’t answer what the hell what was that it’s the same voice god damn it this is the worst this is the worst [Music] any advice are you asking me for advice do I look like the kind of man that could give advice your big dude your thick dude several bad choices have led me to this moment let’s play look at the ceiling tiles 1 2 3 or hey who is that no no no please don’t come in here oh Jesus Christ oh my god so in this place right now it is me Shane and then a a caretaker who’s just making sure we don’t set the place on fire and that was him and I think I might’ve peed a little bit in my sleeping bag I’m gonna try and go to sleep try being the operative word there well good that’s that we did it morning time I slept great for an hour I slept not even a second so another investigation in the books a dios Winchester house were with I can’t I can’t even they heard it alar yeah let’s get out of here our second investigation at the Winchester Mystery House now complete we are still left with many questions why did Sarah construct the house in the manner she did was it because of vengeful spirits or grief is the house even haunted one thing’s for sure we can investigate this house 10 times and still have rooms unexplored and the question of whether or not the Winchester Mystery House is definitively haunted will remain unsolved [Music] [Music]