The Woman of Mystery. Mrs. Sarah L. Winchester had to deal with the combined grief of losing both her child and husband. It is unimaginable the amount of pain she must have felt with the deaths of the two people she loved most. In a horrible situation like that everyone would respond to it differently and in their own way. The thing about Mrs. Winchester, however, was that she had $20,000,000 and all the time in the world to help her cope with the loss. This personal tragedy planted the seed that would grow into the fascinating story of the Winchester Mystery House.
The history behind what many people call the “worlds most haunted house” is truly startling and remains a mystery to this day. It is believed that Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune, thought she was being haunted by the spirits of American Indians, Civil War soldiers, and others killed by WInchester rifles. After following the advice of a Medium, Sarah built a huge house in Northern California hoping it would appease the spirits. Once the building started, it never stopped. For the next 38 years Sarah never stopped building the house because she believed that if she continued, she would live forever, but if she stopped… she died. She had carpenters working shifts around the clock and by the turn of the century the eight-room house had grown into a seven-story mansion. Then things started to get strange.
Neighbors would hear a bell ring at midnight and 2 a.m, which ghost lore says are the times for the arrival and departure of the spirits. Mrs. Winchester would also never sleep in the same room two nights in a row because she thought it would confuse the evil spirits that were waiting for her. At the center of the mansion is a room called the Blue Room where she would go every night to communicate with the dead. It is reported that Sarah got her guidance from the spirits in the Blue Room giving her construction plans for the mansion.
By the time she passed away the mansion contained 160 rooms, 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 47 stairways, 47 fireplaces, 13 bathrooms, and 6 kitchens. Throughout the house are half driven nails because when the carpenters learned of Mrs. Winchester’s death they finally stopped working. Inside the mansion is an intricate maze filled with miles of hallways and secret passageways that was meant to confuse the evil spirits.
What was the true reasoning for devoting half of her life to creating what is now known as the Winchester Mystery House? It is hard to say because no one ever interviewed her and she left no journal behind. Since her death, many stories have been told about the woman and her mysterious mansion. The odd thing about all of these stories is that not a single one of her relatives or any of the carpenters for that matter came forward to contradict these stories, despite the fact that some of them lived more than 40 years after she died.
Now, Hammer Studios has been authorized to use the unique property for a feature film based on the legendary story of Mrs. Sarah Winchester. In the press release Tobin Armbrust says:
“We are also thrilled, and terrified, that the House has allowed us to film on the premises.”
Thrilled and terrified sums it up completely. It is no doubt exciting that not only did they get the rights to make a movie about this bizarre legend but they will actually be shooting the film on the inside of the house.
So what do you think? Are you excited to see Sarah’s spirit being brought back to life on the silver screen, or could the filmmakers be waking up some old spirits who might not be very pleased to find out that their mansion has yet to be finished.
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