38. The Winchester Mystery House

The story of the Winchester Mystery House is well known and often retold – the frightened widow who continued to build on to her already massive and sprawling home out of a fear that if she stopped, evil spirits would kill her. The truth of Sarah Winchester is, however, very different. In this episode, Matt discusses what is known about the origins of the Winchester Mystery House and why it is often worthwhile to dig deeper into popular legends.

This episode was written by Matthew Armstrong with music by Matthew Armstrong and production assistance from Kaylia Metcalfe.

The transcript for this episode can be found here.

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Show Notes and Sources

Dickey, Colin. 2016. Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places. Penguin Books, New York, NY.

Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. 2000. The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits (second edition). Checkmark Books, New York, NY. 

Hauk, Dennis William. 2002. Haunted Places: The National Directory: Ghostly Abodes, Sacred Sites, UFO Landings and Other Supernatural Locations. Penguin Books, NY.

Ignoffo, Mary Jo. 2010. Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune. University of Missouri Press, Columbia, MO. 

May, Antoinette. 1990. Haunted Houses of California. Wide World Publishing/Tetra, San Carlos, CA. 

Schlosser, S. E. 2005. Spooky California. Insiders’ Guide, Guilford, CT.

Smith, Barbara. 2000. Ghost Stories of California. Lone Pine Publishing, Vancouver, BC.

Spoon, Bruce. 1951. Sarah Winchester and Her House: How a Legend Grows. Unpublished MA thesis, San Jose State University, San Jose CA.

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