In California’s Santa Clara Valley, a strange and sinister-looking house looms over the city of San Jose. Inside, staircases lead up to the ceiling, doors open onto vertical drops and the number 13 is a recurrent theme. Meanwhile, some people claim that the house was built to appease the troubled spirits of the dead. So what is the true story behind the Winchester Mystery House?
Sarah Lockwood Pardee was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in September 1839. Raised to be a high society lady, she was dubbed the Belle of New Haven on account of her substantial beauty and talents as a pianist and linguist.
Meanwhile, in 1862, while America was embroiled in the Civil War, Sarah got married to William Wirt Winchester. Her husband was part of a notable New Haven family, although the source of their wealth would return to haunt Sarah in the years to come.