Sarah, the wife of William Wirt Winchester, whose family created the Winchester Rifle known as the ‘The gun that won the west.’ After her husband had passed away March 7, 1881, from tuberculosis, she sought out closure from a spiritualist who could speak with the dead but instead of getting closure, got a warning about vengeful spirits that were killed by the Winchester Rifle.

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Through the medium, William told Sarah that she must build a home for herself and the spirits who have fallen from the rifle. The medium advised Sarah to leave her home in New Haven, Connecticut and move west where she must build a house for herself and the spirits. With a warning that construction on the house could never stop “if you continue to build, you will live. Stop and you will die.” Sarah found a house located at 525 South Winchester Boulevard in San Jose, Ca where she employed a crew of carpenters who split the shifts so that construction could go on day and night, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, for 38 years.

-Dezi